Dr Andreas Klasen is a thought leadership driven academic and senior adviser working at the intersection of scholarly research, education and consultancy.
He is Professor of International Business and Director of the Institute for Trade and Innovation (IfTI) at Offenburg University in Germany, focusing on new and pioneering answers to issues in international business and entrepreneurship, climate, export and development finance, as well as management of large public sector programmes. In addition, he is Visiting Professor at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, in the United Kingdom and Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.
Professor Klasen also served as Visiting Scholar in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, as External Examiner at Bayes Business School, City, University of London and as Senior Honorary Fellow in the Global Policy Institute at Durham University.
His current research is focused on export finance and climate cooperation, as well as international business and global economic governance. Publications include Export Finance and The Green Transition (Global Policy, 2022), The Handbook of Global Trade Policy (editor, Wiley, 2020), Innovationen für eine digitale Wirtschaft (contributing author, Springer, 2020) and Beyond Gridlock (contributing author, Polity, 2017). He regularly speaks at international academic and practitioner conferences as well as international fora such as the OECD and the WTO, was invited to give expert evidence to the UK Parliament and has long lasting experience as an economic adviser in WTO disputes.
Professor Klasen is also advising governments, development banks, export-import banks, export credit agencies and innovation funds on trade and climate policy, innovation and export strategies, as well as financial instruments such as guarantees and mezzanine financing. For example, he supported the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank Group, as well as governments and government agencies such as the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Germany, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Atradius Dutch State Business in the Netherlands, CESCE in Spain, Credit Oman, EKF in Denmark, KUKE in Poland and NEXI in Japan.
Prior to joining academia, Andreas Klasen was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Germany and PwC’s Economics & Policy leader, serving also as Co-Head and Managing Director of the official German export credit and investment guarantee agency (operated by EH/PwC). Before joining PwC, he was Head of Guarantees and Export Finance with Airbus Group (ex EADS). He also served as the Vice President of the Berne Union, the leading global association for the export credit and investment insurance industry.
Andreas Klasen was educated at Leibniz University Hannover, Northumbria University and the University of St Andrews, studying law, business and theology and receiving his doctoral degree in finance.