Helmut Reisen is head of reseach of the OECD Development Centre and will coordinate the first OECD Global Development Outlook, to be published in 2010. His recent work includes analysis of sovereign wealth funds, an investigation into China's economic impact on poor countries and on their debt sustainability, a study on the comparative value of grants and concessional loans as instruments of development finance, and an overview of innovative approaches to funding the Millennium Development Goals.
Since July 2006, he has coordinated key analytical work for the OECD Global Forum on Development, which is engaging policy makers in informal dialogue on effective development finance.
Mr Reisen has written extensively in scholarly journals* and the financial press, including two prize-winning essays in the Amex Bank Review competition. He writes a regular economics column in Internationale Politik and in Financial Times Deutschland and is a member of the editorial boards of International Finance, Deutsche Bank Research Notes and Internationale Politik.
Mr Reisen holds a PhD from Cologne University and is a Professor of International Economics at the University of Basel. Prior to joining the OECD, he worked at Commerzbank AG, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, the Federation of German Industries and the German Ministry of Economics.