The shortlists of likely candidates are almost exclusively male.
Christine Lagarde (63) – The Managing Director of the IMF and a former French finance minister, Lagarde has top-level managerial credentials but is not an economist and has no central bank or any other banking experience, which is required by law.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde
Sylvie Goulard (55) – France’s deputy central bank governor, a polyglot with a solid grasp of banking supervision, seen as a committed pro-European. But she has no major managerial experience and a low public profile.
Elke Koenig (64) – A German and the first chair of the newly-established Single Resolution Board of the Single Resolution Mechanism, a Brussels-based euro zone instrument for managing failing banks. Although she leads a key euro zone institution, her focus has been on banking rather than monetary policy.
By custom, no two people from the same country sit on the ECB board, an obstacle for Donnery as her former boss Philip Lane just joined the board as chief economist.
Isabel Schnabel (48) – A German academic and member of the prominent German Council of Economic Experts. She is an economist with knowledge of monetary policy. But she has no experience in running a major institution and could be considered too young for the most senior role.
Margarita Delgado (56) – Deputy central bank governor of Spain and an economist by training with expertise in bank supervision. With a Spanish vice-president in the person of Luis de Guindos, a second Spaniard is highly unlikely to get on the ECB board.
Marja Nykänen (57) – Finland’s deputy central bank governor with no great experience in monetary policy. Her current boss, central bank governor Olli Rehn as well as former Finnish governor Erkki Liikanen are seen as more likely names from Helsinki.
Else Bos (60) – Executive Director and Chair for Prudential Supervision at the Dutch central bank with no experience in monetary policy. Joined the bank only a year ago and her boss Klaas Knot seems a more likely Dutch candidate.