Dr. Thorsten Polleit has served as Chief German Economist at Barclays Capital since October 2000. Previously Dr. Polleit worked for for ABN AMRO in Frankfurt, London and Amsterdam, and was Chief German Economist for ABN AMRO Germany AG. He is a member of the Friedrich August von Hayek Organization, and the Research Network on Money in the Economy (ROME). His main interests lie in the areas of monetary economics, monetary theory and policy, and capital market theory. In the year 2000 he founded the ECB Observer, an independent group observing European Central Bank. In 2003, he was recognized as a professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.