Harald Waiglein, Director General in the Austrian Ministry of Finance, was born in January 1967, in Vienna. After his graduation from university he acted as professional interpreter in the fields of law and economics for international organisations and enterprises. Thereafter, for many years, he worked as editor at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, where he specialised in taxation, public budget, financial markets and energy. After holding the position of deputy chief editor and head of economic department at the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung for two years, in 2007 Waiglein relocated to the Ministry of Finance. There he was promoted to Director General of the DG Economic Policy and Financial Markets in July 2012. In this position he represents Austria as director in the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and in the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and as member of the Economic and Financial Committee of the EU (EFC).