Our Team

We’re a dynamic group of individuals who are passionate about what we do and dedicated to delivering the best results for our clients.

  • Dr. Ben Kriechel

    Dr. Ben Kriechel

    Managing Director

    Dr. Ben Kriechel is Managing Director of Economics & Data ED23 GmbH. His research focuses on empirical labour market research and research methods. After completing his PhD at Maastricht University (NL), he specialised in survey methodology, personnel economics, labour market dynamics, labour market monitoring and forecasting. Ben Kriechel was a project manager at the ROA research centre at Maastricht University and has had research stays at Brandeis University, NORC at the University of Chicago, University of Arhus, and IZA in Bonn. He is a Research Fellow at the IZA in Bonn and the Research Centre of Education and the Labour Market (ROA) in Maastricht.

  • Dr. Chiara Kofol

    Dr. Chiara Kofol

    Senior Economist

    Dr. Chiara Kofol is a Senior Economist specialized in empirical labour market research both in developed and developing countries. She obtained her MSc in Economics at University College London and a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has extensive experience in data analysis and econometric methods, and she lead several projects on labour markets both in developed and developing countries. She worked for organisations such as the EU Commission, Cedefop, ETF, ILO, the World Bank, and UNESCO. She has co-written the country reports for the Cedefop mid-term forecast and co-led the development and interpretation of the extended methodology on Skill Mismatch indicators in ETF partner countries. She published multiple reports and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Tim Vetter

    Tim Vetter

    Senior Policy Analyst

    Tim Vetter is a Policy Analyst who is specialized in the analysis of labour markets and education systems. His main research interests are in quantitative and qualitative analysis of sectoral labour markets, digitalisation, demographic change and its impact on social security systems and the labour market, as well as on quantitative methods including survey design and indicator development. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics (LMU Munich) and completed his Master’s Degree in Governance (State distance-learning university Hagen). He has worked on several projects on behalf of institutions like the ILO, the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the European Training Foundation (ETF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Cedefop, or the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He has a strong foundation in programming (Stata, Python, Java, C#) and is experienced in working with survey tools like Limesurvey and Epidata

  • Ines Stiller

    Ines Stiller

    Survey Specialist

    Ines Stiller is a survey specialist. With her many years of experience in the field of surveys, she works with the IAB Job Survey. Ines Stiller holds a degree in sociology from the Ludwig Maximillian University Munich.

  • Maryna Melnyk

    Maryna Melnyk


    Maryna Melnyk is Economist. She works on international projects of statistical support especially in ETF partner countries. Maryna Melnyk studied economics at the National Hetman University in Kyiv from 1998 to 2002 (Bachelor of Finance and Economics) and geography and ecology at the National Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv from 1996 to 2004 (Master in Geography and Environmental Geography). She has worked on projects of the European Training Foundation on labour market policy, unemployment research and public employment services in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

  • Lukas Schmid

    Lukas Schmid

    Research Assistant

    Lukas Schmid (research assistant) studies economics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. He joined Economics and Data in the fall of 2023, supporting the IAB vacancy survey and several international projects.

  • Daniela Schmid

    Daniela Schmid


    Daniela Schmid is a trained bank clerk. She assists with the IAB job survey and in the administrative area.

  • Birgit Rödel

    Birgit Rödel


    Birgit Rödel studied law and assists in the administrative area and in the job survey.