I am a practice oriented and research driven academic and senior advisor working at the intersection of scholarly research, lecturing and consultancy.
I am 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 innovation, climate action, global trade and sustainable leadership. In addition, I am Visiting Professor at Northumbria University and Honorary Fellow in the School of Government & International Affairs at Durham University. My current research is focused on global economic governance, climate cooperation and export credits. My publications include The Handbook of Global Trade Policy (editor, Wiley, 2020), Innovationen für eine digitale Wirtschaft (contributing author, Springer, 2020), Beyond Gridlock (contributing author, Polity, 2017) and The Future of Foreign Trade Support (co-editor, Wiley, 2015). I regularly speak at international academic and practitioner conferences, gave evidence at the UK Houses of Parliament and have long lasting experience as an economic advisor in WTO disputes.
I am also advising governments, innovation funds, development banks and export credit agencies on analytics, trade and climate policy, innovation and export strategies, as well as financial instruments such as guarantees and mezzanine financing. For example, I supported 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 Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Atradius Dutch State Business in the Netherlands, CESCE in Spain, EKF in Denmark, GIEK in Norway, KUKE in Poland and NEXI in Japan on analytics, strategy, organisational design and operations & change.
Until 2015, I 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, I was Head of Guarantees and Export Finance with Airbus Group (formerly EADS). I also served as the Vice President of the Berne Union, the leading global association for the export credit and investment insurance industry.