Dr. Marie Owens Thomsen is the Chief Economist at the International Air Transport Association. She has spent most of her 30-year professional life in various chief economist roles for both investment banks and private banks, including Indosuez in Geneva, HSBC in London, and Merrill Lynch in Paris. Outside of the financial sector, Dr. Thomsen worked for IKEA, and she also founded and managed her own company in the equine industry. As a macro economist, she seeks to promote a global economy that is prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable, and one in which the air transport sector can flourish and realize its full potential to deliver better economic outcomes for all.
Her research has been appreciated by a wide audience, from experts to the general public. She has received awards for best analyst of the French economy, and for outstanding contribution to wealth management thought leadership. She is a regular contributor in print media as well as radio and television internationally.
Dr. Thomsen holds an MBA from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. She is fluent in Swedish, English, and French.