Prof. Dr. Martin Kocher was born in Salzburg. After studies in Economics at the University of Innsbruck he worked there as Research Assistant at the Dept. for Public Finance. He continued to pursue an academic career at universities in Munich, Amsterdam, Norwich and Goteborg. From 2016 to 2021, Kocher was Scientific Director at the IHS in Vienna as well as Head of the Competence Centre for Behavioral Economics "Insight Austria" at the IHS. He was also President of the Austrian Fiscal Advisory Council (FISK). On 11 Jan. 2021, Kocher was appointed Federal Minister for Labour, Family and Youth by Federal President Van der Bellen. With the amendment of the Ministerial Law, the areas of Family and Youth were transferred to the Federal Chancellery. Since 1 Feb. 2021, Kocher has been Federal Minister for Labour. He was appointed Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs on 11 May 2022. On 1 July Kocher was appointed Federal Minister for Labour and Economy.