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Biography

Valentin Krüsmann is an economist focused on international development who specialises in China’s economic engagement with Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Joining ZOiS in May 2021, he is a researcher in the project, China, the EU and policy space for development in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Valentin Krüsmann holds a MSc. in Development Studies from SOAS University of London and a BSc. in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has also studied at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and at Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, China. Prior to joining ZOiS, he supported the European External Action Service’s China division in Brussels, the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit) in Beijing, and Sinolytics, a China focused research-consultancy in Berlin. He has also led young student and research delegations on fact finding programmes to contentious regions around the world, including Moldova and the Transnistria region. He speaks English, German and Chinese.

Research interests

  • EU-China relations
  • Chinese economic and political engagement with Eastern Europe and Eurasia
  • The Belt and Road Initiative and Chinese connectivity developments
  • Economic and political structures of the PRC
  • Overseas Development Aid
  • Development Finance