Isabel Schnabel is one of the most successful and most influential economists of her generation. Since June 2014, she is the only female member of the German Council of Economic Experts, which plays a central role in the discussion of economic policy and influences political decision-making in Germany.

The mother of three is also a professor for Financial Market Economics at the University of Bonn and a research professor for Community Goods at both, the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Max-Planck-Institute in Bonn.

While studying Economics in Mannheim and graduating at top of her class with a 1,0, Isabel Schnabel spent some time at Sorbonne University, in Saint Petersburg as part of a four-month long language studies program and at Berkeley, USA. After completing her PHD (doctorate), she worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Economics before becoming a senior research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for research on Collective Goods in Bonn. She also spent several months at Harvard, working as a guest researcher.

From 2007 to 2015, Isabel Schnabel held the Chair for Economics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. In December 2015, she left Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and is now working at the University of Bonn. Since 2009, she has been Deputy Dean of the Graduate School of Economics, Finance and Management (GSEFM) in Frankfurt. 

Isabel Schnabel mainly focuses on financial crisis and bank regulations. She received  the “Best Teaching Award” by Goethe University Frankfurt for her outstanding achievements in teaching.