Christian Thimann is affiliated professor at the Paris School of Economics; and external member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the French Prime Minister.
He is Group Head of Strategy, Sustainability and Public Affairs and a Member of the Executive Committee of the AXA Group, based in Paris.
Until 2013, he was Director General and Adviser to the President at the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. Before joining the ECB in 1998, he was a staff member of the International Monetary Fund in the European Department and the Asia and Pacific Department.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Munich and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and has published in academic journals as well as general interest papers on insurance, international money and finance and European integration.