State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Thomas Steffen was appointed State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance in January 2012. He is responsible for fiscal policy and macroeconomic affairs, financial market policy and European policy.
Mr. Steffen was previously head of the ministry's Directorate-General responsible for European policy. From 2002-2010, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, responsible for insurance and pension fund supervision, and from 2000-2002 he headed the division dealing with federal government export guarantees and state guarantees.
Prior to joining the Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr. Steffen was a policy officer in the German Bundestag. He was also private secretary to Irmgard Karwatzki, the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance. Mr. Steffen served as Head of Division for State Assets at the Finance Ministry of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania from 1994-1995, and as a policy officer at the Treuhand Agency and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
Thomas Steffen earned a doctorate from the University of Mainz in 1990, with comparative courses of study at the London School of Economics, and studied law and political science at the universities of Mainz and Dijon.