Dr. Eckart Woertz is heading the economic department at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai/ UAE, a leading think tank of the Gulf region. He has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University and has held senior positions in financial services companies in Germany and the UAE, amongst them Delbrück & Co one of the oldest German private banks. His research interests include the political economy of the Middle East, financial markets and energy issues.
He is a regular contributor and commentator to major international and regional newspapers and TV channels. Since 2008 food inflation in the Gulf and GCC agro-investments abroad have been special interests of his. In 2009 Arabian Business Magazine voted him among the ten most important expatriates in the Gulf region.
Dr. Woertz holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he conducted research about structural adjustment politics in Egypt.