Senior Economist, Economic Research Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Matthias Helble has been with the Asian Development Bank since October 2018.
He joined ADBI in August 2013. His research interests include international trade, health, environment, and infrastructure. He teaches regularly at Hitotsubashi University, Keio University and the University of Tokyo.
Matthias began his professional career in the trade team of the Development Research Group of the World Bank in Washington, DC, before joining the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for research on the intersection of trade and health. He then worked as an economist for the World Trade Organization in the areas of environment, climate change, and technical standards. Prior to coming to Tokyo, he managed the statistics program, including a project on big data together with the United Nations Global Pulse, of the United Nations' Universal Postal Union in Bern.
He holds degrees in economics from the University of Tübingen (BA, MSc) in Germany, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA) in the United States, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (MSc, PhD) in Geneva. During his doctoral studies he was a research fellow at Yale University.