Eckart Woertz is a senior research fellow associate at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He has consulted international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. Economic diversification, food security, sovereign wealth funds, energy issues and the impact of the global financial crisis on the GCC countries are among his research interests. He is editor of GCC Financial Markets: The World’s New Money Centers (Berlin: Gerlach 2012) and author of the forthcoming book Oil for Food, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He holds a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he conducted research about structural adjustment politics in Egypt.
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