Dirk Messner, Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE
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 2010 he was also elected chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In 2012, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs appointed Messner to his new “Scientific Advisory Board on EU development policy”. Messner’s 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.