Academic Advisory Council

The Academic Advisory Council supports MIDE program activities and objectives by advising the Program Director and faculty members on issues related to the curriculum, as well as assisting students with finding internship opportunities. The international diversity of the program is reflected in the council’s membership.

Prof. Ramesh C. Agrarwal, PhD

Professor Dr. Ramesh C. Agararwal is a Professor Emeritus at Humboldt University Berlin. A native of India, he obtained his PhD as a Rockefeller Fellow at Iowa State University in the United States. Over the past forty years, Professor Agararwal has taught and researched extensively in the areas of sustainable agricultural development, rural development finance, and operations research models for agricultural decisions. Consultancy and field research work have also featured prominently in his career, having contributed to numerous country missions on behalf of the UN, UNDP, GTZ, BMZ and KfW. Professor Agrarwal has been recognized for his scholarly and professional contributions with national and international level awards. He is the author and co-author of 4 books and nearly 130 other publications.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Nitsch

Professor Dr. Manfred Nisch is a Professor Emeritus at Free University Berlin. In his work as an economist, he specializes in the political economy of Latin America with a focus on Brazil, Columbia, Amazonia and Peru. He also engages in teaching and research in international economic relations, development theory, money and banking, microfinance, and development finance. Professor Nisch is the author of numerous publications on development issues, which are primarily focused on Latin America.

Dipl.-Kfm. Thomas Krause M.A.

Mr. Thomas Krause is an alumnus of the MIDE graduating class of 2004, whose academic credentials also includes a Diplomkaufmann from Humboldt University Berlin. Since 2004 he has been an Economic Advisor to the Green Party in the Bundestag and Berlin State Parliament. His responsibility in this role is for regional economic development in former East Germany and state-owned enterprise controlling. Mr. Krause has also studied African Politics at the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Philipp Lepenies

Dr. Philipp Lepenies is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam where he heads the research group "Cultures of Economics - Cultures of Sustainability." For more than 10 years, he worked for Germany's Development Bank (KfW). He managed development projects in China, South-East-Asia and Latin America and later worked in the strategy department of the bank, where he was in charge of issues such as poverty, poverty alleviation and development policy. His academic credentials include a Diplom-Volkswirt, a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the LSE,  a PhD in Economics from the Free University Berlin and a "habilitation" in political science from the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main. Dr. Lepenies has a number of published works on development issues and has been a fellow-in-residence at the Swedish Colllegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala.

Prof. Dr. Katharina Müller

Professor Dr. Katharina Müller is a Professor of Social Policy at Hochschule Mannheim and expert on Social Policy in Developing and Transition Countries. In addition to her experience as a Research Officer at the German Development Institute in Bonn and Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Transformation Studies (FIT), Professor Müller is also a prolific author. She has written numerous articles and books on social policy and economic issues in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with works published in eleven languages. Her book, “The Political Economy of Pension Reform in Central and Eastern Europe” has been widely praised, leading to her being granted the EACES Award and the Ed A. Hewett Prize.

Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes

Professor Dr. Volker Perthes is the Chairman of German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin and a Professor at Humboldt University Berlin.  A PhD graduate of the University of Duisburg, his areas of expertise are Middle Eastern Affairs, German and European Foreign and Security Policy, and Transatlantic Relations. Professor Perthes has worked as an Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, as well as taught at the Universities of Duisburg, Münster and Munich. He has been the author of numerous publications on Middle Eastern Affairs and related subjects.

Dr. Jürgen Zattler

Dr. Jürgen Zattler has been a Division Chief at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation in Berlin since 2001. His professional experience also includes positions with the Directorate General for Development of the European Commission and Dresdener Bank of Berlin. The author of numerous publications on development issues with a PhD in economics from Free University Berlin, Dr. Zattler's areas of expertise are macroeconomics, trade policy, institutional economics, international monetary issues, and economic relations.