2021 - 2024 - ESGAB

Members 2021-2024


The purpose of ESGAB is to provide an independent overview of the European Statistical System as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice. The ESGAB has been established to enhance the professional independence, integrity and accountability of the European Statistical System, key elements of the Code of Practice, as well as to enhance the quality of European statistics.


The members of the Board have been selected from among experts possessing outstanding competence in the field of statistics. The members perform their duties on the Board in a personal capacity and must act independently. The members on three-year-terms between 1 February 2021 and 31 January 2024 are:


Mr Aurel Schubert (Chairperson)


pictureVia the several national as well as European and international senior functions in the area of official statistics, Mr Schubert has a long and thorough experience as well as interest in the area of (European) official statistics, as producer, as user and as far as governance issues are concerned. In addition, he has extensive experience in the area of international cooperation in official statistics. More specifically, Mr Schubert has been leading the efforts for the cooperation between the two European statistical systems, resulting in a Memorandum of Understanding between the European Statistical System (ESS) and the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). Mr Schubert has extensive experience in chairing European committee, like the Statistics Committee of the ESCB, in adapting statistical systems to new user demands and in the area of communicating official statistics. Between 2010 and 2017, he was a member of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC).


Mr Schubert is Honorary Professor for Economics and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as at the Vienna School of International Studies. He is an Elected Member and serves on the Council of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), and an Honorary Member of the Austrian Statistical Society. He is the author of a book and more than 50 articles in the areas of European monetary integration, financial history, and statistics.


The previous professional career of Mr Schubert includes positions of Director General for Statistics at the European Central Bank (2010 to 2018) and of Director of Statistics in Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB, 1997 to 2010). He was also the Head of Foreign Research Division, and Assistant the Head of Secretariat of the Executive Board and Public Relations in the OeNB, and a Visiting Trainee at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Mr Schubert is Austrian, born in Hungary. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of South Carolina (USA), and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.


Mr Kai Carstensen


pictureProf. Dr. Kai Carstensen is full professor of econometrics and director of the Institute for Statistics and Econometrics at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel since 2014. From 2020 to 2022 he serves as Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Business and Social Sciences. He is also a CESifo research network fellow and an external research professor at the IFO Institute in Munich.


Before that he was full professor of Economics at the University of Munich (LMU) from 2007 to 2014 and visiting scholar at the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan in 2013. From 2007 to 2014 he also served as head of the Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys Department at the IFO Institute and from 2005 to 2007 as senior researcher and coordinator for the Research Program “Business Cycles, Growth and Macroeconomic Policy” at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis and serves as an associate editor of Economics – The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal.


Mr Carstensen has advised various policy makers in Germany, e.g. the Federal Ministry of Economics, the Bundestag, the Bavarian government and several Parliaments of the Federal States of Germany. From 2011 to 2013 he served as scientific member in a committee (“Enquetekommission”) of the Bundestag on ”Growth, Prosperity, Life Quality – Ways Towards Sustainable Economic Activity and Societal Progress in the Social Market Economy” which was established as a reaction to the Great Recession and the euro crisis.


He has published widely in the fields of empirical macroeconomics, econometrics, and forecasting.


Mr Carstensen holds a Doctorate (PhD) and a Diploma (Master) in Economics from the Christian Albrechts University at Kiel and a Habilitation in Economics and Econometrics from the same University.


Mr Bart De Moor


pictureDr. Bart De Moor is a full Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of KU Leuven, Belgium. He was a research associate at Stanford University and is a guest professor at the Universita di Siena. He served several times as head of cabinet of ministers of Science and Socio-Economic Policy in Belgium and acted as a vice-rector of International Policy of KU Leuven. His fields of research are numerical linear algebra, system theory and control, machine learning and data science, in which he has been guiding more than 80 PhD students and co-authored more than 400 scientific papers and 11 books.


Dr. De Moor is/has been serving in numerous international scientific and science policy assessment committees, is member of the board of several (inter-)national scientific institutes, funding agencies and spin-off companies, some of which he co-founded. He is one of the architects of the substantial Flanders AI program. He is the chairman the Capricorn Digital Growth Fund (venture capital), of Health-House (a high-tech science outreach centre) and the Alamire Foundation (digital humanities, polyphonic music).


Being awarded with numerous scientific prizes and honours, in 2010 he received the Science Excellence Award from King Albert II of Belgium, and in 2020 was nominated a Commander in the Order of Leopold, by King Filip I.


Mrs Daniela Cocchi


pictureMs Cocchi is bringing to ESGAB her skills related to the new ways of data collection, experimental statistics, privacy in statistics, environmental statistics and sustainable development goals indicators.


Ms Cocchi is a professor of statistics at the University of Bologna. Between 1987 and 1994, she was an associate professor at the same University.


She has been President of the Italian Statistical Society (June 2004-June 2008), of the International Environmetrics Society (September 2008-August 2011) and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She has been member of several other bodies, such as the Council of ISTAT (January 2016-January 2020) and COMSTAT (March 2015-April 2019), and coordinates the ISTAT Advisory Committee on Statistical Methods (since February 2017).


Besides that, she is an expert in evaluation of academic careers and scientific projects, acting in the past as Head of the National Committee for National Scientific Qualification (November 2016-October 2018), as Head of the National Selection Committee for the Research Projects PRIN 2017, Sector SH3, and as a Member of the National Committee of the Research Guarantors/Comitato Nazionale dei Garanti per la Ricerca (CNGR) (April 2012-April 2014).


Ms Cocchi holds a PhD in statistics from the University of Louvain la-Neuve (Belgium). She is an Italian national.


Mr Jørgen Elmeskov


pictureMr Elmeskov is bringing to ESGAB both a user and producer perspective on statistics and a focus on its integrity and development.


Mr Elmeskov is currently Vicechair (and a former member) of the Danish government’s Climate Council. At the same time, he is a member of the Council of Statistics Norway, the Board of the Green Reform model and the Advisory Board on Danish green GDP.


During 2013-2020 Mr Elmeskov held the position of Director General of Statistics Denmark. He was member and subsequently chair of the European Statistical System Committee Partnership Group during the period 2016-19. Before joining Statistics Denmark, he had had a long career in various positions at the OECD, including Director of Policy Studies Branch at Economics Department and Deputy Chief Economist. He has also been a member of government commissions in Denmark and Norway dealing with issues of green tax reform, climate policies, pro-growth policies, statistics law, pension reform and welfare-state sustainability.


Mr Priit Potisepp



Since 2016, Priit Potisepp is the head of Finance unit in the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU in Brussels, a diplomat responsible for economic and financial topics. During the Council Presidency in 2017 he chaired the respective Council working party and represented the Council of EU vis-a-vis the European Parliament in the negotiations between the co-legislators of the EU.


He is the former Director General of Statistics Estonia (2004-2012). During this period he was also the member of the European Statistical System Partnership Group and the Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians of the UN.


In 2014 and 2015, he was directly involved in the conduct of the second round of peer reviews on the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice being the Chair of review teams in Bulgaria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Ireland and Switzerland.


Priit Potisepp has also been engaged in academic work by teaching organization development at Tallinn Technical University between 2014 and 2016. Before 2004, he worked in the field of financial services (life insurance, retail banking) in Estonia.


Mr Andreas Vasileios Georgiou



The European Statistics Code of Practice is part of EU law. My commitment to it is demonstrated by my experiences and work as a statistician and as an academic.


From 2017, Mr Georgiou has been a Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at Amherst College in the United States. He was the President of the Hellenic Statistical Authority from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that, he worked at the International Monetary Fund for 21 years.


Mr Georgiou holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He earned his BA degree in Economics and Political Economy and Social Thought graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College.


He has been a member of numerous intergovernmental and professional bodies, such as the Council of the International Statistical Institute (since 2019), American Statistical Association Committee on Professional Ethics in Statistics (2018 -2020), International Statistical Institute (from 2013), Partnership Group of the European Statistical System (2012-2014), European Statistical System Committee (2010-2015), Bureau of the European Statistical Forum (2013-2015), Editorial Board of the European Statistical System Report (2014-2015), Sub-Committee on Statistics of the Economic and Financial Committee of the EU (2014-2015) and Chairman of the Council Working Party on Statistics during the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2014.


Mr Georgiou teaches statistical ethics. His professional research and publishing in recent years has focused on statistical ethics, on institutional and legal frameworks for national and supranational statistical systems, and on the European Statistical System.


In 2018, he was awarded a commendation “to acknowledge his upholding of the highest professional standards in his public service in the pursuit of integrity of statistical systems” presented to him by the International Statistical Institute, Royal Statistical Society, American Statistical Association, International Association for Official Statistics, Federation of European National Statistical Societies and Société Française de Statistique.