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Otmar Issing speaker

Otmar Issing

Frankfurt, Germany

Respected monetary economist and central banker

Former chief economist of the European Central Bank (1998-2006)

Expert on outlook for the Eurozone

Otmar Issing was Chief Economist and member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank from 1 June 1998 to 31 May 2006, responsible for the Directorates General Economics and Research. During this time, he developed the ‘two pillar’ approach to monetary policy decision-making, which was subsequently adopted by the ECB.

Prior to serving at the ECB, he was a member of the Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, with a seat in the Central Bank Council (1990-98).  In 2008, Otmar was appointed Head of the Advisory Group on the New Financial Order by Chancellor Merkel. He is also a member of the High Level Group of the European Commission chaired by Jacques De Larosière.

He has authored many books, most recently “Der Euro – Geburt, Erfolg, Zukunft”, (The Birth of the Euro) in 2008.

He is currently Chairman of the Kuratorium House of Finance and President of the Center for Financial Studies in Frankfurt.

Our Comment

"A leading German economist and an architect of the Bundesbank’s anti-inflationary discipline, Otmar remains at the forefront of the debate on how to solve the Eurozone crisis, and what the ECB’s role in the solution should be."

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