Prior to joining the EPSC as special adviser on Migration and Demography, Rainer MÜNZ was Head of Research and Development at Erste Group, a Central European retail bank headquartered in Vienna. He also worked as Senior Fellow at the European think tank Bruegel (Brussels), the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) and at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI, Washington DC).

Until 2004, Rainer MÜNZ had an academic career as researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 1980-1992 and at the Department of Mathematics of Finance/ TU Vienna, 2002-2004 as well as university professor at Humboldt University, Berlin (1992-2002). He also was visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg, UC Berkeley, Frankfurt, HU Jerusalem, Klagenfurt, Vienna and Zurich. He currently teaches at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest.

In 2000-01 Rainer MÜNZ was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Suessmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Council (Gonzales commission). Currently he is one of the chairs of KNOMAD, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development and co-chair of IOM’s Migration Advisory Board.