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Dr. Josef Ackermann    

Worldwide-Known Expert in Finance and Business

Dr. Josef Ackermann started his career at Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA) in 1977. In 1990, he was appointed to the executive board of SKA, becoming its president in 1993. In 1996, Mr. Ackermann joined the management board of Deutsche Bank AG, where he was responsible for the investment banking division. In 2002, he became spokesman of the management board and chairman of the group executive committee. Mr. Ackermann was chairman of the management board from February 2006 until May 2012. From March 2012 until August 2013 he was Chairman of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

Dr. Josef Ackermann is worldwide one of the leading experts in Finance and Business. He offers authoritative and credible presentations on the future in finance and international economic issues.

He has been a member of the board of directors of Royal Dutch Shell plc, The Netherlands since 2008; a member of the board of directors of Investor AB, Sweden since 2012; as well as vice-chairman of the board of directors of Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd, Biel since 2008. In July 2013 he also became a member of the board of directors of EQT Holdings AB, Sweden. Since 2012, he has been a member of the International Advisory Board of Akbank, Turkey. Mr. Ackermann also plays an active role in the World Economic Forum (vice-chairman of the foundation board); the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies (honorary chairman); the Foundation Lindau Nobel prizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance (Honorary Senate member) and the Metropolitan Opera New York (advisory director). Also, and amongst others, in 2007, Mr. Ackermann accepted an appointment as visiting professor in finance at the London School of Economics. In July 2008, he was appointed Honorary Professor at Frankfurt’s Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Furthermore, he is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece.

Dr. Ackermann gained his doctorate in economics and social sciences from the University of St. Gallen Switzerland.


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The role of global banks to stabilize the international banking system

Europe: Where do we go from here?

The Financial Crisis: Risks and Opportunities of the global banking

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