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Jakob von Weizsäck­er

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Head of Directorate-General I at the Federal Ministry of Finance

Jakob von Weizsäcker was appointed Director-General for economic and fiscal policy strategy and international issues at the Federal Ministry of Finance in 2019. From 2014 to 2019, he served a Member of the European Parliament where he was as a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Delegation for relations with India. Previously, he worked at the Ministry for Economy in Thuringia, the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel, the World Bank and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs.




1987 – 1989International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales
1989 – 1991Read mathematics, physics and computer science at the University of Bonn;
schola of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
1992 – 1994Master’s degree in physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
1994 – 1996Post-graduate degree in economics at the Ecole ormale Supérieure in Paris
Professional career
1991 – 1992Peace service (instead of military service) with Aktion Sühnezeichen/Friedensdienste in Poland
1996Research assistant to Prof. Jean-Charles Hourcade at the Centre for International Research on Environment and Development (CIRED) in Paris
1997 – 2000Economist at the chair of Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn, Center for Economic Studies, University of Munich
2000 – 2001Country manager for Germany for a London-based venture capital company
2001Visiting scholar with Prof. Peter Diamond at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2001 – 2002Private secretary to the Parliamentary State Secretary Siegmar Mosdorf at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology
2002 – 2005Country economist for Tajikistan at the World Bank, Washington DC and Dushanbe
2005 – 2010Resident fellow at Bruegel, the Brussels-based think tank
2010 – 2014Head of department for economic policy and tourism at the Thuringian Ministry for Economy, Labour and Technology
2014 – January 2019Member of the European Parliament for Thuringia (Social Democratic Party); member of the Economic and monetary affairs committee and the delegation for relations with India
January 2019 – presentDirector-General for economic and fiscal policy strategy and international economy and finance at the Federal Ministry of Finance
Other functions
Member of the Administrative Council and Board of Trustees at the ifo Institute for Economic Research
Member of the Board of Trustees at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research (SAFE)
Member of the Financial Stability Committee

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