German Presidency of the Council Working Party on Statistics Dr Georg Thiel

President of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis)

Dr Georg Thiel was appointed President of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) and Federal Returning Officer on 16 October 2017. After completing his legal studies and obtaining his doctor's degree in Cologne, he joined the Federal Civil Defence Agency in 1988 where he was promoted to Head of Section. From 1997 to 2002 he headed the Division "Organization and Information Technology" and various project groups at the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Then he was President of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief. In 2006, Dr Thiel returned to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, where he was Deputy Head of the Directorate-General "Administrative Modernization; Administrative Organization". There he was responsible, among other things, for geoinformation, statistics, procurement and the single government service telephone number. From October 2015 to October 2016, Dr Thiel was deputy head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. In October 2015, he was appointed Vice-President of the Federal Statistical Office and Deputy Federal Returning Officer. Since January 2017, he has also been deputy of the Commissioner for Refugee Management.