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 at Offenburg University and Honorary Research Associate in the Oxford Smith School at the University of Oxford. His research explores solutions for trade policy and export promotion, global economic governance, as well as export, development and climate finance. Andreas Klasen also serves as Visiting Professor at the University of St.Gallen. Previously, he was Visiting Scholar in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, Visiting Professor at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, External Examiner at Bayes Business School, City, University of London and Senior Honorary Fellow in the Global Policy Institute at Durham University.
His books include the Elgar Encyclopedia of Public Management (contributing author, Edward Elgar, 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 G20, the OECD, the WTO and COP28, 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 Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB) 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, Etihad Credit Insurance in the UAE, Export Development Canada, 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.