Gernot Pehnelt is Founder and Director of the Independent Research and Consulting Institute GlobEcon and a Research Associate at the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE). He studied economics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena and economics, politics and philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, and holds a PhD in economics. From 2002 to 2004 he worked as a Research Associate and Consultant at the BIfA Environmental Institute in Augsburg, where he primarily conducted benchmarking studies. From 2004 to 2007 he worked as a Teaching and Research Associate. His areas of expertise and research focus are health economics, development economics and international relations.