Axel A. Weber
Axel A. Weber was nominated for election to UBS Board of Directors in 2012, initially serving as non-independent vice chairman, and appointed chairman of UBS in 2013. He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Weber was the president of the Deutsche Bundesbank and a member of the governing council of the European Central Bank between April 2001 and April 2011. In recent years he has also acted as a member of the steering committee of the European Systemic Risk Board and as a member of the steering committee of the Financial Stability Board. In addition, he has served as the German governor of the International Monetary Fund, as a member of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements and as a member of the G7 and the G20 Ministers and Governors.
Before moving from academia to politics, Weber was a professor for international economics at the University of Cologne, a member of the German Council of Economic Experts and a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank. From 1998-2002 he was director of the Center for Financial Studies in Frankfurt/Main and a professor for monetary economics at the Frankfurt’s Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University. His previous appointments include the position of professor for economic theory at the University of Bonn (1994-1998).
He holds a degree in economics from the University of Konstanz, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Siegen, where he also obtained his Habilitation in 1994.
Weber also is a research fellow at several economic institutes including the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, the Centre for Financial Studies in Frankfurt, the Centre for Financial Research in Cologne, a council member of the Société Universitaire Européenne de Recherches Financiéres and a member of the Geldtheoretische Ausschuß im Verein für Sozialpolitik. He was a member of the Grant Commissioning Panel of the Economic and Social Science Research Council of the United Kingdom, an associate editor of the “European Economic Review” and a panel member for “Economic Policy – A European Forum.”
He has acted as a consultant and author of briefing papers to the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Austrian National Bank, the Hungarian National Bank and the German Social Democratic Party. He has held visiting positions at the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Brookings Institution, the European University Institute, the Center for Economic Research at Tilburg University and Queen Mary College of the University of London.