Axel Börsch-Supan, born 1954, studied Economics and Mathematics in Munich and Bonn. He holds a Ph.D. degree from M.I.T. (Advisor: Daniel McFadden) and was Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the JFK-School of Government at Harvard University. After two years as Professor of Economics at Dortmund University he became Professor of Macroeconomics and Economic Policy at the University of Mannheim in 1989. Since 2001 he was the founding and executive director of the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA). He was chairman of the Council of Advisors to the German Economics Ministry, has co-chaired the German Pension Reform Commission, and was member of the German President’s Commission on Demographic Change. He has served as a consultant to many governments, the OECD, the World Bank, among others. Börsch-Supan is Coordinator of SHARE (Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe).Since November 2010 Börsch-Supan has been a scientific member of the Max Planck Society and, since January 2011, director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. Börsch-Supan is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the MacArthur Foundation Aging Societies Network.