Lars-Hendrik Röller was the president of ESMT European School of Management and Technology since September 1, 2006. In July 2011 he stepped-down as president in order to accept an appointment as Chancellor Merkel’s director general of the economic and financial policy division. He will remain on the ESMT Faculty as a full professor on leave. Hendrik is a research professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Europe’s largest social science research center, and a professor at Humboldt University. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Arts in Economics, a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence both from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.
In 2003 Lars-Hendrik Röller was appointed Europe’s first Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission, a position he held until 2006. Previously he was a director at the WZB, professor at INSEAD, and a visiting scholar at Stanford and New York University.
He is the president of the German Economic Association, an international affiliate at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London and a board member of the think tank BRUEGEL in Brussels. From 2005 - 2007 he was president of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE).
Lars-Hendrik Röller is a fellow of the European Economic Association and a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. In 2002 he was awarded the Gossen Prize (to honor a German economist whose work has gained international reputation).
Lars-Hendrik Röller has consulted with numerous international companies, governments, and international organizations on issues of competition, strategy and regulation. He is co-founder and senior advisor of ESMT Competition Analysis, a consultancy working exclusively on economic assessments in the field of antitrust and regulatory.