Costas Lapavitsas (Greece) is a Greek professor of Economics, who currently teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) and the University of London. During 2015, he was a member of the Greek Parliament collaborating with the governing Syriza party. Lapavitsas is known for his criticism of the modern Western financial system, particularly his stance on the Greek government-debt crisis and the European debt crisis. He is a columnist for the British newspaper The Guardian and the author of Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All. In 2007, Lapavitsas founded Research on Money and Finance (RMF), which is an international network of political economists.