In July 2011 Lars-Hendrik Röller stepped-down as president of ESMT Berlin, a position that he held since September 1, 2006, 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.