Paris School of Economics - École d'Économie de Paris

Economics serving society

Christian Thimann

Christian Thimann

PSE Professor

Director of the AXA Research Fund & Chairman of the EU High-level Group on Sustainable Finance AXA Group

AXA Group – 25 avenue Matignon 75008 Paris

Phone +33(0)1 40 75 71 25

  • Risk, Financial Markets and Insurance
  • Financial economics
  • Macroeconomics and asset accumulation
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy

Christian Thimann is Group Head of Strategy, Sustainability and Public Affairs of the AXA Group, based in Paris. He is an external member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the French Prime Minister.


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.