Speakers (will be added continuously)

László Andor

László Andor is a Hungarian economist, and currently Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS, Brussels).

Betweeen 2010-2014, he was EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Subsequently, he was head of department of economic policy at Corvinus University (Budapest), Senior Fellow at Hertie School (Berlin) and a visiting professor at ULB (Brussels) as well as Sciences Po (Paris). 

Between 1991 and 2005, he taught political science and economic policy in Budapest, and was editor of the progressive social science journal Eszmélet. In 2005-10, he represented Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and the Czech Republic in the board of directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD, London).


Hubertus Bardt

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Hubertus Bardt has been Managing Director of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research and Head of the Science Division since 2014. In addition, he is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne as well as at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, where he has also been an honorary professor since 2022.


Julia Bläsius

Julia Bläsius has been head of the FES’s Advisory Services Department since 2021. Previously, she managed the FES offices in the South Caucasus, the FES regional project Belarus & Eastern Partnership and a GIZ regional fund in the Eastern Partnership countries. Her focus is on democracy development and social justice, especially in transition countries. She studied political economy at the London School of Economics and language, economic and cultural area studies at the University of Passau.


Elisabetta Cornago

Elisabetta Cornago is a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, where she leads analysis on EU energy and climate policy.

Before joining the CER, Elisabetta worked as an environmental economist at the OECD, and as energy policy analyst at the International Energy Agency.

She holds a PhD in economics from Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Jérôme Creel

Jérôme Creel is the Director of the Research Department at SciencesPo-OFCE and an Associate professor of economics at ESCP Business School. Holding a PhD in economics from University Paris-Dauphine, his recent works have dealt with European economic reforms, the impact of ECB policies and the relationships between financial stability and economic performance. He is the editor of L’économie européenne published by La Découverte every year since 2016. He is a member of the scientific committee of the French Economic Association (AFSE) and of Journées de l’économie (JECO). He participates regularly as an expert for the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, notably in the OFCE team for preparatory meetings of the Monetary Dialogue with the European Central Bank. He participates to the FEPS/FES initiative for a "Recovery Watch" as an expert and a coordinator of the focus on economic governance.

Sebastian Dullien

Prof. Dr Sebastian Dullien is Scientific Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Institute of the Hans Böckler Foundation. In addition, he teaches macroeconomics and international economic relations, among other subjects, in the degree programmes “International and Development Economics” (Master) and Economics and Politics (Bachelor) at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. He conducts research on current issues of the business cycle and economic policy. He is also a lecturerat the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.


Gunilla Fincke

Managing Director of the Expert Council of German Foundations for Integration and Migration GmbH

Gunilla Fincke is Head of the Department of Qualification, Apprenticeship and Continuing Training, Skilled Labour Security at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). Before joining the BMAS, she was head of the policy department of the SPD party executive committee from 2014 to 2018 and previously served for six years as executive director of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration.

Thomas Fricke

Thomas Fricke is a jury member for the Hans Matthöfer Prize for Economic Journalism and director of the “Forum New Economy”, where economists discuss novel answers to the great challenges of our time. He is also a columnist for DER SPIEGEL. From 2002 to 2012, he was Chief Economist of the Financial Times Deutschland.

Julia Friedrichs

Julia Friedrichs is a German author, journalist and filmmaker. She works as an author of reports and documentaries for the television channels ARD, ZDF and Die ZEIT weekly news. She was born in 1979 in the western Münsterland and studied journalism in Dortmund and Brussels. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists, the Young Journalists Award of the Franco-German Journalism Prize, the Dr Georg Schreiber Media Prize and the Grimme Prize in 2019. Julia Friedrichs lives with her family in Berlin.

Sandra Hofmann

Dr Sandra Hofmann is head of the research area International Social Policy at the thinktank WifOR and part of its management team. She has more than ten years of experience in applied economic and social research and is a strong advocate for a progressive, healthy and innovative society. Her focus is on macroeconomic labour market research, social policy analyses, the health and care economy and the analysis of the effects of digitalisation on the national economy. It is their claim to translate the scientific findings of client project work into concrete recommendations for action in practice. With her extensive expertise, she is responsible for a wide range of projects for various public sector and private sector actors.

Stefanie Janczyk

Stefanie Janczyk is Head of the General and Labour Market Policy/AGA Department at the Executive Board of IG Metall. In addition, she is a member of the administrative wheel of the Federal Employment Agency.


Lars Klingbeil

Lars Klingbeil has been co-chair of the SPD along with Saskia Esken since December 2021. The Munster resident has represented his home district of Heidekreis and the district of Rotenburg in the German Bundestag since the 2009 Bundestag elections. From 2014 to 2018, he was the chairman of all Lower Saxony and Bremen MPs in the SPD parliamentary group. In addition, he held the post of General Secretary of the SPD from 2017 to 2021, organising the coalition negotiations in 2018 and 2021. He also implemented many renewal processes and organised the SPD’s federal election campaign in 2021.

Lydia Korinek

Lydia Korinek is a Policy Consulant at the ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies, focusing on EU recovery and resilience, fiscal policy, and demand-side policies for climate change mitigation. Prior to that, she worked at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU and as a trainee in the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission. She studied Economics and Political Science, specialized in International Political Economy.

Stefan Körzell

In 2002, Stefan Körzell was elected DGB Regional Chair for Hessia and Chair of the DGB District Hessia-Thuringia. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the DGB since 2014. In 2018, he was confirmed in this office by the delegates of the 21st Ordinary Federal Congress. Stefan Körzell was born in 1963 and started his professional career with an apprenticeship as a machine fitter at Rotenburger Metallwerke (RMW) in Rotenburg/Fulda.

Maxi Leuchters

Maxi Leuchters is Head of the Corporate Law and Corporate Governance Department at the Institute for Co-determination and Corporate Governance (I.M.U.) of the Hans Böckler Foundation. There she advises and qualifies employee representatives on the supervisory boards of banks and insurance companies. She completed her Bachelor's degree in "Politics and Law" at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster with a one-year stay abroad at Sciences Po Strasbourg (2013-2017), followed by a Master's degree in "EU Politics" at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a focus on "State and Economy" (2017-2018). She also worked at the liaison office of the DGB in Brussels and at the European Parliament.

Margarida Marques

Margarida Marques is the European Parliament Rapporteur on the European Economic Governance Review and Member of the Recovery and Resilience Facility Working Group. She is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgets and Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and of the Committee on International Trade. She was also the Parliament´s co-negotiator on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. Previously, she held political positions as a Member of the Portuguese Parliament and State Secretary for European Affairs of the Portuguese Government. She holds a degree in Mathematics – Statistics and a Master Degree in Education Sciences.

Anni Marttinen

Anni Marttinen is the chief economist of SOSTE, Finnish federations for social and health affairs. She has previously worked as an economist via SAK The central organisation of Finnish trade unions, Finnish treasury on EU affairs, European systemic risk board and Bank of Finland. Her expertise lies in EU fiscal policy, financial markets and wellbeing economics. She is said to be a thought leader of feminist economics in Finland and famous for populirising wellbeing economy. She is also the founder of Rethinking economics Finland and co-host of feminist economics- podcast in Finland. 

Carl Mühlbach

Carl Mühlbach is the managing director of the non-partisan and non-profit association FiscalFuture e.V. There he advocates for a sustainable financial policy in the interest of young people. Previously, he studied economics in Heidelberg and Cambridge and worked at the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Susanne Müller

Susanne Müller is Deputy Head of the Education Department at the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA). It focuses on topics related to continuing education, STEM education and digitalisation. She works for the BDA in the National MINT Forum and the National Continuing Education Strategy, among others. After studying law in Saarbrücken and Bologna and completing her legal traineeship in Berlin, she initially worked as a vocational training officer at the BDA. This was followed by a move to the Competence Centre for Vocational Training and Human Resources Development at the Main Association of the German Construction Industry. She last worked there as Managing Director before returning to the BDA in her current role.

Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor is a political economist and director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) – a network of mainly Keynesian economists majoring in monetary theory and policy. She is best known for predicting the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-9 with her book: The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave, 2006). In 2018 she published The Production of Money(Verso), Die Produktion des Geldes (Hamburger Edition). In 2019 she wrote The Case for The Green New Deal (Verso and Hamburger Edition).  In January 2022 the Scottish government appointed her to its Just Transition Commission.

Brigitte Preissl

Brigitte Preissl is a member of the jury of the Hans Matthöfer Prize for Economic Journalism and former editor-in-chief of “Wirtschaftsdienst” and “Intereconomics”.

Ariane Reinhart

Dr Ariane Reinhart, born in Hamburg in 1969, studied law from 1990 to 1998 and received her doctorate in law in 2000. From 1998 to 1999 she worked for the International Labour Organization in Geneva in the area of Labour Law and Labour Relations. From 1999 to 2014, Ariane Reinhart held various positions for the Volkswagen Group, including Head of Group Management Development Sales and Marketing and Member of the Board (Human Resources) of Bentley Motors. Since October 2014, Ariane Reinhart has been Chief Human Resources Officer and Labour Director of Continental AG in Hanover and is also responsible for the area of sustainability.

Maximilian Reiter

Maximilian Reiter has been with the Young Liberals for six years and has been on the federal executive committee for six months. There, he is primarily active in programme management and thus also responsible for the further development and maintenance of the content orientation. He studied mathematics and is currently working on his doctorate at the TU Berlin.

Katja Rietzler

Dr Katja Rietzler heads the Fiscal and Financial Policy Department of the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK). Previously, she worked in the economic department of DIW Berlin and as a freelance economist and economic consultant (Rietzler Economics). She is co-author of the study “Baustelle zukunftsfähige Infrastruktur”, which was produced in cooperation between FES, IMK and Difu.

Antti Rinne

Antti Rinne has been the First Debuty Speaker of Finnish Parliament since December 2019. He was a leader and chairman of SDP, Finnish Socialdemocratic Party from 2014 to 2020.He was Minister of Finance between 2014-2015. He became Member of Parliament in 2015. He led SDP into victory in the parliament election in 2019, becoming Prime Minister. He was chairman of Constitutional Committee from December 2020 till May 2021. He is also a chairman of Paasikivi Society, founded in 1958 aiming to strengthen and stabilise Finland’s official foreign policy. Nowadays Paasikivi Society specialises in arranging events where Finnish and foreign speakers can freely address issues of international and foreign policy.

Nancy Saich

Nancy Saich is Chief Climate Change Expert at the European Investment Bank. Starting her career as a civil engineer specialized in transport projects, she joined the European Investment Bank in 1998. She is responsible for leading the work on Paris Alignment with other Multilateral Development Banks, Climate Finance definitions and impact reporting. She also works on the definitions and impact reporting for the Bank’s Green Bonds. Since 2018, Nancy was a Member of the EU’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, and has now joined the EU Platform for Sustainable Finance as Rapporteur for the “harmful and neutral” taxonomy group.

Martin Sandbu

is a European economic commentator and writer for the Financial Times.


Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets--have been translated into more than 30 languages. He has been described as “the world’s most influential living philosopher.” (New Statesman)

Sandel’s latest book, The Tyranny of Merit (Vom Ende des Gemeinwohls), a bestseller in Germany, argues that center-left parties need to renew the dignity of work by promoting greater respect to all who contribute to the common good, whether or not they hold elite credentials and advanced degrees.

Sandel’s previous books include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (Was man für Geld nicht kaufen kann);Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? (Gerechtigkeit); The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Plädoyer gegen die Perfektion); and Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics (Moral und Politik).

Sandel’s free online course “Justice” has been viewed by tens of millions of people. His BBC series “The Global Philosopher” engages participants from around the world in discussion of issues such as immigration, climate change, and free speech.

A recipient of the Princess of Asturias Prize, Sandel has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne and delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford. His global lectures have taken him across five continents and packed such venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), and an outdoor stadium in Seoul (S. Korea), where 14,000 people came to hear him speak.

Henrik Scheller

Henrik Scheller is team leader “Economy, Finance and Sustainability Indicators” at the German Institute of Urban Affairs. It works on issues of municipal finance and budget policy as well as investment policy and infrastructure financing. He is co-editor of the Yearbook of Public Finance and was project leader of the study “Baustelle zukunftsfähige Infrastruktur” (Construction Site for Sustainable Infrastructure), which was produced in cooperation between FES, IMK and Difu.

Mark Schieritz

Mark Schieritz is economic policy correspondent for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT in Berlin. He studied at the University of Freiburg and the London School of Economics and worked for the Financial Times Deutschland before joining the editorial staff of DIE ZEIT.

Carsten Schneider

Carsten Schneider is Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor and Federal Government Commissioner for Eastern Germany. Until 2021, he was First Parliamentary Secretary of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag and previously its Deputy Chairman as well as Deputy State Chairman of the SPD Thuringia. He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1998.

Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz has been Chairman of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. since 14 December 2020. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 2017 to 2021. He was the federal chairman of the SPD, a candidate for chancellor and a long-serving member of the European Parliament, which he presided over as president in two terms from 2012 to 2017. Martin Schulz is the winner of the Charlemagne Prize for his significant services to strengthening the Parliament and democratic legitimacy in the EU.

Franziska Stasik

Franziska Stasik is a freelance journalist, author and media consultant; since 2007 member of the editorial staff of "ANNE WILL" (ARD), including 9 years as deputy head of editorial staff; 2004-2007 boss on duty at "Sabine Christiansen" (ARD); 2000-2004 editor at "Maischberger" (n-tv); author among others rbb, mdr, DW and graduate communications manager.

Philipp Steinberg

Dr. Philipp Steinberg heads Department I (Economic Policy) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection since 2013. He studied law and political economy, as well as taxation, in Berlin, Münster and Paris, receiving his doctorate in 2001. In addition to the 1st and 2nd state examinations, he holds a Licence d'Etat Francais and an MBA. After working in a large law firm, he was employed in the Federal Ministry of Finance, as well as the party executive of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. In 2009, he moved to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.

Jutta Steinruck

Jutta Steinruck is Lord Mayor of the City of Ludwigshafen am Rhein. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2017. Previously, she was a member of the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate and the city council of Ludwigshafen. As a graduate in business administration, she worked in industry for many years before becoming DGB chairperson for the Vorder- und Südpfalz region in 2004.

Alexander Thiele

Alexander Thiele is Professor of State Theory and Public Law, in particular Constitutional and European Law at the BSP Business & Law School in Berlin. His research interests include general political science and (European) financial and monetary law. In 2021, he also published a small constitutional history under the title Der konstituierte Staat (The Constituted State).

Jens Tönnesmann

Jens Tönnesmann has worked as an editor in the business section of the weekly newspaper Die ZEIT since 2015 and has been responsible for the magazine ZEIT für Unternehmer (TIME for Entrepreneurs) since 2019. He is also co-host of Die ZEIT and ZEIT Online economics podcast “Ist das eine Blase” (Is this a bubble?), which deals with current developments in the economic world and economic issues. Before Jens Tönnesmann joined ZEIT, he worked as a freelance journalist – for WirtschaftsWoche and the business magazine brand eins. In addition, he was head of the teaching editorial department and the digitalisation projects of the Cologne School of Journalism for Politics and Economics from 2010 to 2015. The 43-year-old studied economics and politics in Cologne and Vancouver.

Jakob von Weizsäcker

Jakob von Weizsäcker has been Minister of Finance and Science in the cabinet of Minister President Anke Rehlinger since April 2022.

Immediately prior to this, he chaired the secretariat of the G20 Joint Task Force of Finance and Health Ministers with the aim of drawing lessons from the Corona crisis for improving global pandemic preparedness. From 2019 to 2022, he was “Chief Economist” of the Federal Ministry of Finance as Head of Department for Policy Issues and International Financial Policy.

From 2014 to 2019, he was a Member of the European Parliament for Thuringia, where he had previously headed the Department for Economic Policy and Tourism in the Thuringian Ministry of Economics since 2010. From 2005 to 2010, he worked as a resident fellow at Bruegel, a leading European policy thinktank in Brussels. Before that, he worked as an economist for the World Bank and as a personal advisor to Parliamentary State Secretary Sigmar Mosdorf in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

He received his academic training under Professor Hans-Werner Sinn at the University of Munich. After studying mathematics, physics and computer science at the University of Bonn, he completed his Maîtrise in physics at the École normale supérieure de Lyon and a Diplôme d’études approfondies at the École normale supérieure in Paris.

Melanie Wegling

Melanie Wegling has been a directly elected Member of the Bundestag from Groß-Gerau (Hessia) since 2021 and is a member of the Finance Committee for the SPD parliamentary group. Previously, she worked as a manager in international sales.

Thomas Wendel

Thomas Wendel has been Editorial Director of the Tagesspiegel Background Sustainable Finance since June 2021. Previously, he worked for Der Spiegel, Berliner Zeitung, Financial Times Deutschland and the business magazine Capital in various positions and roles. A technology and business journalist by training as well as a political scientist (FU Berlin), he has worked for decades on topics at the intersection of politics, business, finance, technology, science and the environment. Before starting at TagesspiegelBackground, Wendel was editor-in-chief of the magazine Positionen for the insurance association GDV in Berlin.

Bernd Westphal

Bernd Westphal is a member of the German Bundestag since 2013. Before, he was a trade union secretary for IG BCE, serving as executive secretary to the board, amongst others. He is the spokesman on economic affairs of the SPD parliamentary group and member of the Committee on Economic Affairs

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