Ann-Kristin Achleitner has served as a director of Lazard Ltd and Lazard Group since April 2021. She has spent over thirty years as an economist and educator. She is a Distinguished Affiliated Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), where she held the Chair of Entrepreneurial Finance between 2001 and 2020. An accomplished academic with multiple honors and publications, she now acts primarily as a non-executive board director and venture investor. She currently sits on the Munich Re Supervisory Board and the Linde board of directors. Prof. Achleitner is also a member of multiple boards of nonpublic institutions and foundations, including the Institute for Advanced Study. In addition, she was elected Vice President of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) in July 2021 and serves as a member of the executive committee. Previously, Prof. Achleitner served as a member of the board of directors of Deutsche Börse from 2016 until 2019 and was a member of the board of directors of Engie from 2012 until 2019. Prof. Achleitner received her doctorates in business administration as well as law from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland. After a brief career as a management consultant with McKinsey, she held the Chair of Banking and Finance at the European Business School (EBS) in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany from 1995 to 2001. She has served on multiple commissions for the German, Bavarian and Swiss government, as well as for the EU commission, various World Economic Forum groupings, as well as multiple award juries. Prof. Achleitner is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating & Governance Committee of the Board of Directors.