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Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration, European Commission

Johannes Hahn has held various management functions in the different sectors of the Austrian economy and industry, including as CEO of Novomatic AG for 5 years. Between 1992 and 1997, Mr. Hahn was Executive Director of the Austrian People's Party Vienna. In 2002, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Party and Chairman in 2005. Member of the Regional Parliament of Vienna from 1996 to 2003, he became Federal Minister for Science and Research in 2007. 

He was the Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2019, he was the Member of the European Commission in charge of Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. Since December 2019, he is the Member of the European Commission in charge of Budget and Administration. 

Sir Robert Stheeman, Chief Executive Officer, UK Debt Management Office

Sir Robert Stheeman was born and educated in the UK. He held positions with Vereins-und Westbank AG in Germany from 1979 to 1985 and completed his bank business degree at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce in 1982.  

Robert Stheeman worked on debt capital market issues at Deutsche Bank from 1986 until 2002 before becoming chief executive of the United Kingdom Debt Management Office in January 2003. The DMO was established as an executive agency of HM Treasury in April 1998 to carry out Government debt management (issuing gilts and managing the gilts market) and cash management (balancing the Government’s daily cash needs by issuing Treasury Bills and other transactions in the sterling money markets). Robert received a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2016.

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