Markus Kerber studied economics and business administration at the University of Hohenheim and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Markus graduated as “Diplom-Oekonom” in 1988 with a thesis on “The Political Economy of Fixed and Flexible Exchange Rate Systems”. In 1992 he graduated as “Dr. rer. soc” with a thesis on “Defense, Economy and International Status”. He received a magna cum laude for this analysis of Paul Kennedy’s work “The rise and fall of the great nations”. Markus is a member of IISS (London) and DGAP (Berlin).
After his doctorate, 1992 Markus joined S.G. Warburg & Co. Limited in London. From 1995 to 1998, he was Director Equity Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank AG, London. In 1998, he joined GFT Technologies AG, Stuttgart as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Supervisory Board. From 2006 to 2009, Markus was Head of the Policy Planning and International Analyses Department at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Berlin. From 2009 to 2011, Markus worked as Head of Fiscal and Economic Policy; International Fiscal and Monetary Policy Department at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin before joining the Federation of German Industries (BDI), in July 2011 as CEO and Director General and Member of the Presidential Board, a post that he held until March 2017. Markus is a non-executive director on the board of Computershare Limited (Melbourne) and on the supervisory board of Commerzbank AG (Frankfurt).