Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany
Dirk Messner is a political scientist and development economist. In 2003 he became director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn. He has been a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) since 2004 and was elected vice chair in 2009. In 2012, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs appointed Messner to his new Scientific Advisory Board on EU development policy. Since 2013, Messner has also been the co-director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg. His areas of specialization include globalization and global governance, global environmental change/climate change and impacts on international development, systemic competitiveness, as well as China and India as drivers of global change.