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Dr. Ralf Wiegert specializes in economic impact analysis and scenario forecasting. He has built and managed the Frankfurt team dedicated to that service. He is experienced as a chief economic adviser for diverse projects, including country strategies for government sector clients from Gulf Cooperation Council member countries. After joining the company in 2004, Dr. Wiegert has managed projects focusing on global macroeconomic scenarios for strategic business planning. He has frequently presented at seminars and conferences providing the European, as well as the global economic outlook. Dr. Wiegert led a landmark study for a German industry consortium that examined the linkage between energy costs, competitiveness and growth for Germany, working as the project manager and economics team leader. Formerly, Dr. Wiegert was principal economist of IHS Markit Global Insight, where he specialized in European and CIS emerging markets, as part of the global macro forecasting group within ECR. Prior to that, he worked as head of the Russia research group at the European Institute for International Economic Relations until 2003. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Potsdam University in 2002 and completed his undergraduate studies at the same university in 1997. His scholarly publications pertain to a variety of topics, including economies in transition, international economics, competition and financial sector efficiency. He speaks German and English.