Tobias Thomas is Director General of Statistics Austria, Professor of Economics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Vice Chair of the Austrian Productivity Council. In addition, he is member of the Science Advisory Board of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH) and member of the Committee on Economic Systems and Institutional Economics of the German Economic Association. Internationally, Thomas represents Austria in the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC), the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC), the United Nations Conference of European Statisticians (UNCES), and the OECD Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy (CSSP). After studying economics at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn and Technische Universität Berlin, Thomas earned his doctorate summa cum laude from the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, where he later also completed his habilitation. Thomas was visiting scholar at, among others, Columbia University in New York.