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Prof. Otmar Issing

Former Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank

Otmar Issing is a leading monetary economist and one of Europe's most influential central bankers. He has played a key role since the ECB was established in the late 1990s as the central bank of Europe's monetary union.

An internationally respected economist

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In detail

In 1990 Otmar Issing became a member of the board of Deutsche Bundesbank. From 1998 to 2006 he was the Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank where he guided the successful switch from national currencies to a stable and strong Euro. Since June 2006 he is President of the Center for Financial Studies and Member of the Advisory Board of Globalisation and Monetary Policy Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Issing headed the Advisory Council on a New Financial Order appointed by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2008-2012). He was also a member of the High Level Group of the European Commission chaired by J. De Larosière.

What he offers you

Otmar Issing shows how to respond effectively to the challenges of globalisation. He provides audiences with his critical view on economic and monetary issues and their impact on the global economy. For the past few years, he has guided the ECB's economic thinking and the successful switch from national currencies to a stable and strong Euro.

How he presents

A knowledgeable and respected economist, Mr Issing informs and educates audiences with his highly informative presentations.


He presents in English and in his native language German.

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Speaking topics

  • The Global Financial Market
  • The Euro and its Effect on Globalisation
  • Economic and Monetary Issues
  • The Economic Outlook for the Euro Area
  • International Economic Relations

Books and publications

  • 2008
    Der Euro: Geburt - Erfolg - Zukunft
  • 2006
    Imperfect Knowledge and Monetary Policy (co-written with David Vestin, Victor Gaspar, Ignazio Angeloni, Oreste Tristani and Martin Weale
  • 2002
    Should We Have Faith in Central Banks
  • Geschichte der National√∂konomie (History of the National Economy)
  • 2001
    Monetary Policy in the Euro Area: Strategy and Decision-Making at the European Central Bank (co-written with Victor Gaspar, Ignazio Angeloni, Oreste Tristani)

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