I am an author and economist with a special focus on international financial and currency markets. I was Head of Research on International Financial Markets at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA) up to its closure in 2007. I worked for the International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C., the Economic Planning Agency, Tokyo, and as a Visiting Scholar with the Bank of Japan, Tokyo. The latest book I edited (together with Koichi Hamada and Ulrich Volz) entitled Towards Monetary and Financial Integration in East Asia includes contributions by William H. Branson, Yin-Wong Cheung, Menzie D. Chinn, Reid W. Click, Richard N. Cooper, Michael P. Dooley, David Folkerts-Landau, Eijii Fujii, Peter Garber, Koichi Hamada, Conor N. Healy, Masahiro Kawai, Heungchong Kim, Impyo Lee, Liang Yuanyuan, Guonan Ma, Ronald McKinnon, Eijii Ogawa, Michael G. Plummer, Eli Remonola, Gunter Schnabl, Junko Shimizu, Ulrich Volz, John Williamson and Zhang Jikang.
I was a lecturer on courses on General Macroeconomics the Japanese Economy and on European and International Financial Markets. I have published books and articles on international financial relations, foreign exchange markets and Japan's financial markets. My recent research interests include emerging market currency crises and the relationship between financial systems and economic growth.