Dr. Barik Schuber
Dr. Barik Schuber is a graduate in Economics, Sociology and Political Science from the Universities of Frankfurt/Main and Marburg/Lahn in Germany and holds the degrees “Diplom-Volkswirt” and Dr. Phil. He worked for seven years as Research Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences, Philipps University of Marburg. During the period 1980-1985 he was engaged in private sector trading and consulting activities. In 1985 he joined the German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ) and was seconded to the Ministry of Planning in Saudi Arabia as Economic Advisor to the Deputy Minister. He was mainly responsible for advising him in the preparation of the Five Years National Development Plan. In 1996 he started a new position as Project Planning and Management Officer at the Department of Energy and Transport in the headquarters of GTZ in Eschborn, Germany. In 2004 he was appointed as acting head of the Department of Economic and Social Studies at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi. Since 2006 he has been working as a consultant on international development co-operation. He has authored a great deal of technical reports, studies, articles in German, English and Arabic
Leath Al Obaidi is a MSc. Economics student at the University of Nottingham. Previously he did his BSc. in Economics at the University of Vienna. He is currently Managing Editor and Secretary for the Iraqi Economists Network (IEN) and Editor for MacroDigest in London. He has many publication in the peer-reviewed ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research and in the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies’ (WIIW) monthly review, where he completed an internship. Before this, he also did an internship for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in Vienna.