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Dr Friederike (Fritzi) Köhler-Geib has been KfW Chief Economist and head of the company's economics department since November 2019. She analyses trends relevant for KfW in the economy, society and on the financial markets and brings a new dynamic to the economic and financial policy debate. The focus of her work lies in the analyses of economic developments and growth trends in Germany. A particular focus is placed on small and medium-sized enterprises and the role of innovation and digitalisation in improving competitiveness, as well as issues related to the goal of a climate-neutral economy. Furthermore, Dr Fritzi Köhler-Geib also actively addresses economic policy connections between Germany, Europe and the world.

Media and Comments on Current Topics

19.02.2020 | KfW SME Innovation Report 2019

“SMEs are increasingly withdrawing from innovation activity. That is a dangerous development for the sustainability and international competitiveness of the German economy. After all, innovation plays a major role for employment, growth and productivity. The decline in imitative innovations is also a problem. Innovations will not have economic impacts until technological progress is realised across the economy as a whole. We also need to further reinforce the development of new-to-market innovations and new technologies. Given the ambitious innovation strategies being pursued by other countries, Germany will have to step up its research efforts. German business cannot afford to rest on the laurels of being on the cutting edge of technology but must secure its pioneer role and develop technologies for the future.”

Previous comments from Dr Fritzi Köhler-Geib

Meeting KfW Research

Speeches and Event Reports

27.02.2020 | OMFIF Economists Meeting "Responding to uncertainty across Europe"

  • Frankfurt

28.02.2020 | Wirtschaftspolitisches Frühstück "Ausblick 2020"

  • Berlin

06.03.2020 | Afrika 2020: Chancen für Jobs und Innovationen in den Compact-Ländern

  • KfW Group, Frankfurt

18.05.2020 | Deutscher Stiftungstag 2020

  • Leipzig

Previous speeches

Dr Fritzi Köhler-Geib's Career Path

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Fritzi Köhler-Geib


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