Rolf Strauch is Chief Economist of the European Stability Mechanism Management Board in charge of Economics, Policy Strategy, and Banking at the ESM and EFSF, which he joined in 2010. He is responsible for economic and financial analysis, strategic orientation, and the country monitoring work that the ESM and EFSF undertake. He represents the ESM in European and international fora. Prior to this, Mr Strauch worked at the European Central Bank from 2000–2010 in the Directorate General Economics on fiscal, monetary, and structural policies. Mr Strauch holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bonn.