Thomas Fischer heads the Department of Political Strategy and Planning with the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB). From 2008 - 2014, he was Executive Director of the Brussels office of the German Bertelsmann Stiftung.
He started with the Gütersloh-based foundation in 2000 where he led several project teams on issues like the EU's future Constitution, the reform of Germany’s federal system, modern governance in OECD countries. Prior to joining the foundation Thomas was Managing Director of the European Center for Research on Federalism at the University of Tuebingen from 1998 to 2000. Thomas studied political sciences, law and economics in Munich, where he received a Master's degree from Ludwig Maximilian University. After working as a research assistant at the Geschwister Scholl Institute for Political Sciences he joined the research team of the project "Organising a Federal Structure for Europe" also located at the University of Munich in 1995. His main fields of expertise are European Governance, the social dimension of the EU and comparative federalism.