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Heiko Hesse

Heiko Hesse is an Economist in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he focuses on sovereign debt and financial sector issues. He also works on Spain with past country experiences on e.g. Cyprus, Romania, Turkey, various Middle East countries as well as the recent European Union FSAP. He also worked in the Financial Crisis Division as well as on the GFSR (both in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department). Some of his recent policy and research work involved sovereign-bank linkages, sovereign debt and bank restructuring, spillovers and stress testing.

Prior to the IMF, he was an Economist at the World Bank from 2006-2007 on the Commission on Growth and Development, which brought together twenty-one leading practitioners from government, business, and the policymaking arenas and was chaired by Nobel Laureate Michael Spence. Before that in 2005-2006, he was a Visiting Scholar at Yale University and a consultant at the World Bank. He also worked at McKinsey in their Financial Institutions Practice, NERA Economic Consulting as well as PwC. He has published in a number of refereed academic journals and is a frequent speaker at central banks and conferences. Heiko obtained his PhD in Economics from Nuffield College, University of Oxford and his B.Sc. in Financial Economics from the University of Essex.

A native of Germany and Thailand, he is a former professional football player for Borussia Dortmund as well as one of the main actors in the German documentary "Die Champions" (2003) and the sequel "HalbZeit" (2010) by Adolf-Grimme-Prize Winner Christoph Hübner. Based in Washington, DC, he is engaged in international and transatlantic issues as the President of the Washington European Society, a non-profit.

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