Axel Weber Keynote Speaker
- Chairman of the Board of Directors - UBS Group AG (2012 - 2022)
- President - Deutsche Bundesbank (2004 - 2011)
- Member of the European Central Bank Governing Council (2004 - 2011)
Axel Weber's Biography
Axel Weber is a renowned economist and banker who has worked extensively in the private sector and academia. He is a sought-after speaker on economic matters and is frequently called upon to offer insights to business leaders and policymakers worldwide. He is widely respected for his knowledge and expertise in economics, and his views are often quoted in the media.
In 2012, Axel was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Swiss bank UBS AG. He was later appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he held until his resignation in early 2022. He is also the former President of the German Federal Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank), the most influential institute of the European System of Central Banks, appointed by the German finance minister.
Axel served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2011-12), and he was a Director and Professor of International Economics at the University of Cologne’s Center for Financial Research (2001-04). He also previously served at the University of Bonn as a Professor of Economic Theory (1998), where he later moved to Goethe University Frankfurt.
Axel is an accomplished author who has published several English and German books, his latest book Die Jakarta Trilogie (2022) is a welcomed addition to his previous works Sukarno and the idea of Indonesia (2020) and People Business (2020).
For his contribution and services to the finance, economics and banking sectors, Axel holds the first Prix Marjolin Prize from the SUERF Council of Management, and the Group of 20+1, the International Association of Economic Journalists, named him the 2014 European Banker of the Year.
Axel has held many board member positions for international organisations such as the Financial Stability Board, Bank for International Settlements, and European Systemic Risk, and he served as the IMF’s German Governor. He is on the European Central Bank’s Governing Council, a member of the G7 and G20 Ministers and Governors and served on the German Council of Economic Experts.
Weber graduated with a master’s degree in economics at the University of Constance (1976-82) and obtained a doctoral degree in economics at the University of Siegen (1987). Axel holds honorary doctor’s degrees from the University of Konstanz and the University of Duisburg-Essen. He also received his habilitation in 1994 from the University of Siegen in the field of economics.
Axel is a well-respected economist and banker known for his insightful commentary on the global economy. He frequently gives speeches on various economic topics and is an in-demand keynote speaker for his insights on the economy and banking.