Meet the Team
Dr. Ricardo Giucci
Dr. Ricardo Giucci is managing director at Berlin Economics.
His consulting and researching activities focus on monetary, fiscal, and trade policy, as well as regional integration.
After studying economics at the Free University of Berlin, he became a lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance and a research fellow at Potsdam University, where he obtained a PhD degree in economics.
Dr. Giucci serves as a high ranking economic policy advisor in several countries, in particular in Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Moldova, and Georgia, as well as in the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan. He is currently the leader of the German Advisory Group Ukraine, and the German Economic Teams in Belarus (GET Belarus), Moldova (GET Moldova) and Georgia (GET Georgia). He also provides regular consultancy services to private companies in the real and in the financial sector.
Robert Kirchner has been an authorized representative of Berlin Economics since 2008, he is the deputy director of the policy advice project and coordinator of projects in Ukraine.
His consulting and research activities focus on macroeconomic and financial sector issues, particularly in the context of transitioning countries.
After studying economics at the University of Potsdam and the Warwick Business School (UK), he worked as a research fellow at the University of Potsdam for several years.
As part of his activities for Berlin Economics, Robert Kirchner is active in a number of economic policy advisory projects and consults governments in transitioning countries in Eastern Europe on macroeconomic topics like monetary and exchange rates policies and financial sector development.
Ilona Kaiser joined Berlin Economics in 2011, and is responsible for the financial accounting and human resource management.
After studying economics at the University of Potsdam, she worked as an accountant and tax consultant for small and medium sized companies.
Jörg Radeke advises mainly on trade and energy efficiency issues.
His areas of expertise include economic impact assessment, economic policy consulting, and economic modeling.
After studying economics at Rostock University, he worked for several years in consultant and analyst roles in London and Ireland.
At Berlin Economics Jörg Radeke is involved in a number of economic policy consulting projects. He coordinates our activities in Transnistria. Furthermore, he advises the Ukrainian government on establishing a finance fund for energy efficiency measures, one that supports recipients of social security benefits in particular.
David Saha joined Berlin Economics as a consultant in 2014.
His consulting and research activities focus on the real sector and public finances.
David Saha coordinates the German Economic Team Gerogia (GET Georgia). His recent consulting work has focused on Georgia’s reform of regulations and taxation in the mining industry, structural changes in Ukraine’s industrial sector, and analysis of the macroeconomic effects of a decline in remmitances in Moldova.
He previously worked at Bruegel, a Brussels-based economic policy think-tank, where he remains an Affiliate Fellow, and in the strategy unit of the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Technology of the German state of Thuringia. His previous work experience includes the European Commission, the Boston Consulting Group, the German Foreign Office, and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs. He holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Sciences from Columbia University, and is currently working on his PhD in Public Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin. David Saha is an alumnus of the German National Merit Foundation.
Dr. Alexander Knuth
Dr. Alexander Knuth coordinates German Economic Team Belarus (GET Belarus). He is an expert on the issues of SME policy and economic development.
He studied economics at the University of Potsdam and at Bath University (UK) and made a PhD in the topic of entrepreneurship promotion.
He has been member of the German Advisory Group Ukraine, the German Economic Team Moldova and the German Economic Team Belarus since 2010.
Dr. Georg Zachmann
Dr. Georg Zachmann has been with Berlin Economics since its foundation. His consulting work focusses on the energy economy.
Dr. Zachmann graduated from the Technical University of Dresden with a degree on inefficiency in the European energy market. In addition to his long-time consulting work with the German Advisory Group Ukraine and the German Economic Teams for Belarus, Moldova, and Georgia, Dr. Zachmann has worked with the economic think tank Bruegel on energy and climate topics.
Dr. Alexander Lehmann
Dr. Alexander Lehmann joined Berlin Economics in September 2017 and focuses his consulting activities on the financial sector.
He is currently also non-resident fellow of Bruegel, the Brussels economics think tank, and adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Until 2016, Dr. Lehmann was the lead economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where he headed the strategy and economics unit for central Europe and Baltic countries, most recently based in the bank’s regional office in Warsaw. In this role he advised a number of central banks and governments in the emerging Europe region on closer integration with the EU and on financial policy issues. Previously, Alexander Lehmann was with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, advised the World Trade Organization and the central Bank of Mexico, and worked in research and teaching positions at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the London School of Economics.
He holds a graduate degree in economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD in economics from Oxford University.
Woldemar Walter is a consultant at Berlin Economics and coordinates the German Economic Team Moldova (GET Moldova). His work focuses on macroeconomic country analysis.
Mr. Walter completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in macroeconomics at the Free University of Berlin, and has worked in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Deutsche Bank Research, and the Market Economy Foundation. The focus of his work is bilateral relationships and bank supervision.
Anne Mdinaradze works for Berlin Economics since 2016.
After finishing her BA in Interdisciplinary Russia Studies at the University of Potsdam, she studied East European Studies with focus on Economics at the Free University in Berlin.
After finishing her BA in Interdisciplinary Russia Studies at the University of Potsdam, she studied East European Studies with focus on Economics at the Free University in Berlin. During her MA studies she was an intern at the German Business Association Georgia and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau in Tbilisi.
Anne Mdinaradze is alumna of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. She speaks Englisch, Russian and Georgian.
Dmitry Chervyakov joined Berlin Economics as an Analyst in 2017.
He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Freie Universität Berlin in Economics, with a focus on Econometrics and Macroeconomics.
Prior to joining Berlin Economics, Dmitry Chervyakov worked as a Research Assistant in the Macroeconomics and Forecasting departments at the DIW Berlin and was a Research Intern in the area of Global and European Macroeconomics at Bruegel, a Brussels-based economic policy think-tank.
He is fluent in German, Russian and English, and has basic knowledge of French.
Almas Nurbayev is in charge of public relations for Berlin Economics.
He is fluent in German, English and Russian.
After graduating in economics in Alma-Ata, Almas earned a master degree in economics and political science at the University of Trier. Mr. Nurbayev gathered work experiences at the Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany and at the OWC publishing house for foreign trade.
He is an alumnus of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the scholarship foundation of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Diana Pascaru works at Berlin Economics since 2017 as a project assistant. She has certified knowledge of Project Management and speaks fluently German, Romanian, English and Russian.
She graduated in law from State University of Moldova and holds a Master’s of Law Degree in International Law from Humboldt University in Berlin.
Mrs. Pascaru worked for an extended period in the diplomatic service of Moldova and brings with her a broad experience in the areas of foreign policy, cooperation with international organizations, bilateral economic relations, promotion of foreign investments and development cooperation. Before joining Berlin Economics, she worked in the area of law and human resources at a German company.
Alina Schneider works at Berlin Economics as a project assistant, and speaks fluent Russian, Romanian, English, and German.
After completing a degree in philology at the Republic of Moldova’s State Institute for International Relations, Ms. Schneider worked in an international EU youth engagement project in Finland.
She has led projects with the IREX-CPP Citizen Participation Program, the ADVIT ICYE Moldova project within the EU “Youth in Action” Program, the Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, the People to People International European Office, and most recently the EBA European Educational Academy GmbH.