Axel A. Weber

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Axel A. Weber
Opening Press Conference Axel Weber.jpg
Weber at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013
7th President of the German Bundesbank
In office
30 April 2004 – 30 April 2011
Preceded by Ernst Welteke
Succeeded by Jens Weidmann
Personal details
Born (1957-03-08) 8 March 1957 (age 57)
Kusel, Rhineland-Palatinate
Nationality Germany
Alma mater University of Siegen
University of Konstanz
Occupation Economist

Axel Alfred Weber (born 8 March 1957 in Kusel) is a German economist, professor and banker. He teaches at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a board member and chairman of the board of UBS.[1] He was president of the Deutsche Bundesbank and a member of the European Central Bank Governing Council from 30 April 2004 to 30 April 2011.[2] He is a member in the Group of Thirty.[1]


Weber studied economics and public administration at the University of Konstanz from 1976 to 1982, graduating with a degree (Diplom) in economics.[1]


From 1982 to 1988 Weber worked as research assistant in the field of monetary economics at the University of Siegen and was awarded a Doctorate in 1987.[3] After gaining his Habilitation at the University Siegen, in 1994 he was appointed Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Bonn and in 1998 he moved to the Goethe University Frankfurt (where he remains a member of the Advisory Board).[4] He was also the Director of the Center for Financial Studies in Frankfurt am Main.[3] In 2001 he was appointed Professor of International Economics at the University of Cologne, and from 2002 to 2004 he was a Member of the German Council of Economic Experts.[5] From October 2002 he was a member of the expert advisory panel to the Deutsche Bundesbank.[3] Weber was also on the Board of Directors for the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).[1]


Weber was appointed President of the Deutsche Bundesbank and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank on 30 April 2004.[3] On 9 February 2011 Weber announced that he would be resigning his chairmanship of the Bundesbank, effective 30 April 2011 (which was a year earlier than the expiry of his term of office).[6] The move was seen as throwing open the candidacy for president of the European Central Bank to others to succeed Jean-Claude Trichet starting 1 November 2011.[7]

University of Chicago[edit]

As visiting professor, Weber taught two three-hour sessions of the course "Central Banking: Theories and Facts" on Mondays, fall 2011.[8] He attended the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Economic Policy Symposium in Moran near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, summer 2011.[9]


Weber was elected to the board of the Swiss bank UBS 3 May 2012 by shareholder vote, and as chairman of the board by the board the same day. He succeeded Kaspar Villiger as chairman.[10] Weber's appointment was announced in mid-2011, when Villiger had been expected to retire in 2013.[11]

He is currently an IIF (Institute of International Finance) board member.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Chairman of the BoD of UBS". Group of Thirty. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Axel Weber To Succeed UBS Chairman Villiger In 2013 After Bundesbank Role". Bloomberg. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Prof Axel A Weber Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". Goethe University Frankfurt. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Mr. Axel A. Weber, European Financial Services Round Table". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Weber To Leave Bundesbank In April, Throwing Race For ECB Chief Wide Open". Bloomberg. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Randow, Jana. "Weber Throws ECB Race Open by Ruling Out Second Bundesbank Term". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  8. ^ Reddy, Sudeep,"Axel Weber’s MBA Course ‘Draws Heavily from Current Events’", Wall Street Journal blog, 19 July 2011 8:48 am EDT. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  9. ^ "From left, Axel A. Weber, professor ..." with Yves Mersch, Luc Coene, photo/caption; Yahoo! News, 27 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  10. ^ "Results Of The Annual General Meeting Of UBS AG", HFT Review, 3 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  11. ^ Logutenkova, Elena (1 July 2011). "Axel Weber to Succeed UBS Chairman Villiger in 2013 After Bundesbank Role". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 

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