Committee Member Profile

Mr. Thomas Groffmann Thomas Groffmann

Fund Administrator, Principal Director, European Patent Office

Thomas joined the European Patent Office in Munich in January 2017 as Principal Director. As Fund Administrator he is responsible for the management of the Reserve Funds for Pensions and Social Security of the European Patent Organisation, currently valued at about 8bn Euro. The European Patent Organisation is an intergovernmental organisation with currently 38 member states. In his previous role Thomas had been Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for BlackRock in Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe since 2011.Thomas had also been an elected Board Member of the German Investment Funds Association (BVI). From 1998 to 2011, Thomas held management positions at Allianz Global Investors and its parent Allianz SE, including Head of Product Development and Head of European Pensions / Global Life. Prior to joining Allianz, he spent 4 years at Commerzbank Asset Management.Thomas studied economics at the University of Bonn and the University of California at Berkeley. During his studies for the European Doctoral Programme in Quantitative Economics he spent a year at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds a diploma (MSc) in economics and a PhD degree in finance. (10.18)