Carlo Thelen has a Master degree in economics (University of Louvain-la- Neuve, Belgium). In 1996 he joined the Chamber of Commerce as an economic adviser and he built up the Economic Affairs section. Between 2004 and 2014, he has been heading the International Affairs and became Chief Economist in January 2007. He is a board Member in organizations defending and promoting economic interests. In January 2014 he has been appointed Director General of the Chamber of Commerce.