Name: Werner Hoyer

Location: Wuppertal, Germany

Occupation: Former Minister of State at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Current President of the European Investment Bank

Fields of Expertise: International Economics and Relations, Foreign Policy, Political and Security Affairs, European Affairs, United Nations and Arms Control

Werner Hoyer has been President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank since 2012. Prior to being appointed President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Hoyer served as Minister of State at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1998, and then from 2009 to 2012. In 1996, he was the German negotiator at an intergovernmental conference in Turin aimed at improving the European Union's decision-making processes. During his second time as Minister of State, he was Germany’s Commissioner in charge of German-French relations and cooperation.

He has been a member of the Bundestag since 1987, serving as Chief Whip from 1989 to 1993, and has been his party's spokesman for security policy from 1990 to 1994.

From 2002 to 2009, he was Deputy Chair of the Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP) parliamentary group in the Bundestag and has also served as Deputy Chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Werner Hoyer holds a PhD in economics from Cologne University where he started his career as a senior research assistant in economics. He became associate lecturer for foreign trade before moving to the Carl Duisberg Society as Director of the Economics and Information Department.