The Directors General of Statistics Austria
Gabriela Petrovic Tobias Thomas
Since January 2000, Gabriela Petrovic is Director General of Statistics Austria, being responsible for financial matters with a strong focus on efficiency since the reorganisation into a federal institute under public law. After graduating in law, Ms. Petrovic subsequently worked for many years as an academic assistant at the renowned Vienna Institute for Employment and Social Law. She then changed from research to practice, starting with a leading position as Personnel Manager of a large retail group and member of the board at a printing and media company, being responsible for all HR and legal issues.
Ms. Petrovic, who was born in Vienna, considers her most pressing challenge to run a management strategy that consistently covers its own costs, the ongoing use of appropriate management systems and the systematic use of effective personnel development measures through which the workforce’s existing potential can be enhanced and harmonised with the organisation’s objective of providing high-quality and efficiently compiled federal statistics.
Since June 2020, Tobias Thomas is Director General of Statistics Austria, being responsible for all statistical matters and international affairs. In addition, he is adjunct Professor of Economics at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as well as CMDS Fellow at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. Thomas is member of the standing field committee for Economic Systems and Institutional Economics of the German Economic Association, one of the largest professional economics associations in Europe. In addition, Thomas is vice president of the Austrian Statistical Society (ÖSG) as well as scientific expert at the Austrian Pension Commission which reports on the financial sustainability of the national pension system.
Thomas studied economics at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn and the Technical University Berlin before earning his doctorate summa cum laude at Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, where he later also gained his habilitation. Thomas was a visiting scholar at, among others, Columbia University in New York at the invitation of Nobel Prize laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and Anya Schiffrin and at the Max-Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich at the invitation of Kai A. Konrad. Thomas regularly publishes his research in scientific journals, such as Constitutional Political Economy, the European Journal of Political Economy; European Journal of Law and Economics; Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization; Journal of Forecasting; and the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics.
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