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Helmut Reisen

Former Head of Research of the OECD Development Centre.

Helmut Reisen is Adjunct Professor at the Economics Faculty of Basel University and Fellow at the German Development Institute, Bonn. His recent work includes analysis of the global monetary system, sovereign wealth funds, China’s global economic impact and the global aid architecture.

Mr. Reisen is a founding member of OECD Emerging Markets Network (EmNet), a platform of leading multinational companies from advanced and emerging countries.

He was elected to the Study Group on Globalization and the World Economy at the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin. Reisen developed the OECD Perspectives on Global Development, which was published in 2010 under the title Shifting Wealth, an analysis of the policy implications of the rise of emerging powers.

Prior to joining the OECD, Reisen worked at Commerzbank AG, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, the Federation of German Industries and the German Ministry of Economics.

Reisen won two prestigious awards in the Amex Bank Review Competition in International Finance. He writes an economics blog called Shifting Wealth (

Articles by Helmut Reisen

“Compact with Africa”: A Critical Assessment

The Compact with Africa started off in the wrong way. High time to warn about the wrong course.

November 28, 2019

UK: How a Development Economist Sees It

To a development economist, the future macroeconomic policy needs for Britain seem fairly obvious.

November 1, 2016

2016 G20 Summit: Who Needs to Do What?

The need for action is clear, but count on it being "papered over." Reflections on the G20 Hangzhou Summit.

September 3, 2016

Paul Romer: Back to a U.S.-Dominated World Bank?

Choosing Romer as World Bank chief economist attempts to restore past U.S. dominance in development banking.

July 23, 2016

How to Deal with China’s Acquisitions

The West should act with more confidence in dealing with China’s foreign direct investments.

June 20, 2016

China: Rethinking the Yuan Devaluation

Understanding China's currency move from a non-Western-centric perspective.

August 13, 2015

Premier Li as Fitzcarraldo: China’s Latin Role

While China's role in Latin America is growing, it is likely to remain limited.

May 29, 2015

How the New AIIB Dwarfs the Asian Development Bank

China is well on its way to building a Sino-centric global financial system.

April 8, 2015