Former Chairman of the Board of Directors, UBS (2012-2022); Governor of the German Central Bank (2004-2011); Chairman, Institute of International Finance (IIF); European Chairman, Trilateral Commission; Member of the Group of Thirty; President, Center for Financial Studies; previously named European Banker of the Year by the International Association of Economic Journalists
World-renowned global economist and banker, Axel Weber offers valuable insight and economic outlook on macroeconomics, growth, inflation, central banking, monetary and fiscal policy. Weber provides companies and organizations actionable takeaways focused on strategy and growth.
Axel A. Weber was elected to the Board of Directors (BoD) of UBS AG at the 2012 AGM and of UBS Group AG in November 2014. He served as the Chairman of the BoD of both UBS AG and UBS Group AG from 2013 to 2022. He chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee, as well as the Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee.
Weber is Chairman of the Institute of International Finance and a Member of the Group of Thirty as well as the Trilateral Commission, and has been a Board Member of the Swiss Bankers Association and the International Monetary Conference, among others. Weber was President of the German Bundesbank (German Central Bank) between 2004 and 2011, during which time he also served as a Member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements, German Governor of the International Monetary Fund and as a member of the G7 and G20 Ministers and Governors. He was a Member of the steering committees of the European Systemic Risk Board in 2011 and the Financial Stability Board from 2010 to 2011.
On leave from the University of Cologne, Weber was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 2011 to 2012. From 2002 to 2004, Weber served as a Member of the German Council of Economic Experts. He was a Professor of international economics and Director of the Centre for Financial Research at the University of Cologne from 2001 to 2004, and a Professor of monetary economics and Director of the Center for Financial Studies at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main from 1998 to 2001. From 1994 to 1998, he was a Professor of economic theory at the University of Bonn. Mr. Weber holds a PhD in economics from the University of Siegen, where he also received his habilitation. He graduated with a master’s degree in economics at the University of Konstanz and holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Konstanz.
Leading through Economic Volatility: Strategy and Insight on Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Economic Growth, and Inflation
Weber is a world-renowned expert on the global economy and offers unparalleled insight in both small executive teams and board settings to large-scale audiences. His authoritative analysis ranges from macroeconomics, growth, and inflation to central banking, monetary and fiscal policy. His unique insights into the global economies of Europe, China, and the United States are deeply valuable for organizations and audiences focused on growth and global recovery. His banking, regulation, investment strategy and portfolio allocation expertise is brought to life through his decades of deep experience leading foremost global economic institutions at both the German Central Bank and UBS. Weber customizes his content for the audience and organization to achieve extraordinary impact. Extending beyond the economy, Weber also discusses technology advancements and opportunity leaving audiences inspired and informed.