AXA Group, Paris
Christian Thimann is Member of AXA's Executive Committee and Group Head of Strategy and Public Affairs. Until 2013, he worked at the European Central Bank as Director General and Adviser to the President, holding this function for President Mario Draghi from 2011 to 2013 and for President Jean-Claude Trichet from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that he headed two divisions at the ECB; in charge of international monetary issues and emerging economies, and in charge of EU accession-related matters. He joined the ECB in 1998 from the International Monetary Fund, where he worked in the European Department and the Asia and Pacific Department. He holds a B.A. (equivalent) in Economics from the University of Bonn, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Munich.