Professor Andreas Klasen
Dr Andreas Klasen is full Professor of International Business at Offenburg University and Head of the Institute for Trade and Innovation (IfTI) teaching courses on international financial management, international trade law and qualitative methods. His research focuses on trade policy and export finance, innovation and economic development. He is also Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, Senior Honorary Fellow in the Global Policy Institute at Durham University, and an ICC Germany National Committee Member.
He advises Governments, Innovation Agencies, ECAs, Exim-Banks and Multilateral Development Banks on strategy, trade and innovation policy as well as financial
instruments. For example, he supported the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank as well as the European Investment Bank, and is supporting
public organisations on benchmarking, establishment, implementation and enhancement of export and innovation financing instruments. He has long lasting
experience in WTO trade disputes.
Until 2015, Andreas 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. Before joining PwC, he was Head of Guarantees and Export Finance with EADS Airbus
Group. Professor Klasen also served as the Vice President of the Berne Union.
Our goal is to bring people together to:
- build professional capabilities in trade
- elevate the profile of trade
- advocate the benefits and opportunities of trade
- facilitate networking
- improve the performance and success of companies in global trade
- boost the efficiency of trade processes.
Featured GTPA Member
Ziyaad Ebrahim, GTP
Ziyaad has close to fifteen years of experience in international trade and development.He joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) after serving 12 years in various positions within the Government of Seychelles, where he comes from.
During his time in the Government of Seychelles, he was directly involved in trade, investment and general economic policy formulation and implementation.He also has experience on WTO accession and was involved in FTA negotiations with the European Union and within the Eastern and Southern African region. He has also worked with international organisations such as the IMF, World Bank and the African Development Bank on Structural Adjustment Programmes, private sector and MSME development initiatives including gender empowerment projects.
In his current role with the WTO, he coordinates the work of the WTO LDC Group in the ongoing trade negotiations.He also monitors and assists LDC participation in specific areas of the negotiations which include Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT), fisheries subsidies, trade facilitation and LDC accession negotiations.
He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of French.
Ziyaad was one of the first people globally to be certified as a Global Trade Professional in the area of Trade Management.