Olivér Kovács is a Hungarian economist, he received his Ph.D. degree with summa cum laude at the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Doctoral School of Economics „Competitiveness, Globalisation and Regionalism” Doctoral Programme in 2013. He has been a research fellow and project manager at the Budapest-based ICEG European Center since October 2009, and as of 1st September 2017, He has also been a senior research fellow at the National University of Public Service, Faculty of International and European Studies, Institute of Economics and International Economics.

Fundamentally, his research embraces two fields: (i) sustainable development through the lens of complexity science (incl. structural change, techno-economic paradigmatic shifts, industry 4.0, fiscal sustainability of the state and the theoretical and empirical issues of fiscal policy and fiscal consolidations); (ii) innovation and innovation policy. Beyond these research fields, he also deals with the theoretical and empirical issues of macroeconomic instability from complexity science perspective and the nature of foreign direct investments. He has been preparing quantitative and qualitative research on sectoral development in various fields (e.g. inland waterway transport; railway transport; air transport; tourism and hospitality industry etc.). During his project management activities, he regularly takes part in international projects dealing with innovation policy and competitiveness of nations. His articles appeared among others in Technology in Society, Acta Oeconomica, Economic Review, Competition, Eastern Journal of European Studies, TIGER Working Paper series. He also authored policy briefs for the European Commission, He published book chapters at Routledge and domestic publishers, also published at Finland Futures Research Centre and at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment at the Columbia University. His book, Stability and Dynamism - The Fundamentals of Innovative Fiscal Policy, was published in early 2016.

He has been a member of public body of Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2015 (Economics and Law Section of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Committee on World Economics and Development Studies), and a member of EuroMoney Expert Panel since 2010.