Erich H. Strassner is Chief of the Real Sector Division in the Statistics Department of the International Monetary Fund. He is also chair of the ISWGNA Digitalization Task Team for the current update of the System of National Accounts and Balance of Payments Manual.
Previously, Mr. Strassner was Associate Director of National Economic Accounts at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) where he was the senior leader overseeing BEA's flagship economic measures, such as gross domestic product (GDP), personal income, corporate profits, the Industry Accounts and related macroeconomic statistics.
From March 2020 through October 2022, Mr. Strassner served as the de facto Deputy Director to the Acting BEA Director, where he shaped enterprise efforts on strategy involving BEA program area priorities, budget formulation and execution, human capital, as well as information technology and innovation management.
At BEA, Mr. Strassner led several new, innovative data projects. He shaped the creation of statistics measuring the fast-changing digital economy and advances in the understanding of global value chains. Mr. Strassner was also leading efforts to explore expanded economic measures “beyond GDP” to better gauge Americans' well-being.
Mr. Strassner holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and an M.A. in economics from The George Washington University.
Irene Tinagli is the Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament.
She was a member of the Italian Parliament from 2013 till 2018.
Peter van de Ven is currently the lead editor of the update of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA). Peter has been working in the area of national accounts since 1984. From 1984 to 2011, he was employed at Statistics Netherlands, the last eight years as Director of National Accounts. From 2011 to 2021, he was Head of National Accounts at the OECD.
Peter has always been closely involved in discussions about the international standards for compiling national accounts, amongst others as member of the Advisory Expert Group (AEG) on National Accounts and the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA). In this respect, he contributed, not only to the 2008 SNA but also to various manuals providing conceptual and/or conceptual guidance.
Peter was Chair of the EU Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments statistics (CMFB) in 2008 – 2010, and President of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) in 2010-2012.