Jochen was the Secretary General of the German Council of Economic Experts from June 2015 to April 2018. Before joining the Council, he served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC for nine years where he worked on the euro area crisis, among other topics. From 2008 to 2010 he was seconded as adviser to the National Bank of Ukraine in Kiev. He obtained degrees in economics and politics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Following a visiting scholarship at the University of California UCSC, he completed his dissertation on debt crises at the University of St. Gallen in 2006."