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Otmar Issing

Otmar Issing

Chairman, House of Finance, Goethe University of Frankfurt.

Otmar Issing has been, since 2007, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the House of Finance (Goethe University of Frankfurt), and President of the Center for Financial Studies since 2006. He is also an international advisor to Goldman Sachs.

In 2008 Professor Issing was appointed by Chancellor Merkel as Head of the Advisory Group on the New Financial Order. He also was a member of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on EU Financial Supervision chaired by Jacques de Larosière, and responsible for the De Larosière report.

Professor Issing was a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) since its creation in 1998 until 2006, responsible for the Directorate General Economics and the Directorate General Research. He was previously a member of the Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank (German central bank) with a seat on the bank's Council.

Before that, Professor Issing held chairs of economics at the universities of Würzburg and Erlangen-Nürnberg, and was a member of the Council of Experts in Germany for the Assessment of Overall Economic Developments from 1988 to 1990.

Professor Issing is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Globalisation and Monetary Policy Institute of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and honorary professor of the universities of Würzburg and Frankfurt. He holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Bayreuth, Frankfurt and Konstanz and has received numerous prizes and honours. He is also the author of numerous articles and books, such as The birth of the euro (English edition published in 2008).


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