Prof. Dr. Alexander Spermann is a labor market expert who combines academic excellence with practical experience in the non-academic world. He completed his doctorate in 1992 and his habilitation thesis in 1999. He has been Assistant Professor (1993-1999) and subsequently Associate Professor at the University of Freiburg. He was Head of Department Labor Economics at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim (2002-2007) and Director of Labor Policy Germany at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn (2014-2016). He has published more than 100 scientific contributions and has given more than 200 national and international lectures. Furthermore, he worked as a journalist, lecturer and coach for seven years and as a director at an international stock-listed company for another seven years (Randstad, 2007-2014). Spermann belongs among the 100 most influential economists in Germany according to the FAZ ranking 2016. He has been lecturer, speaker and economic consultant since 2017. He was appointed to Professor of Economics at FOM University of Applied Sciences in Cologne in May 2018.