Dr Peter Hefele finished his PhD Studies in Economics and Economic History in 1997 at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany). He worked as an economic researcher at the Institute for Economy and Society in Bonn and joined the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in 2003 as Head of the Department of Economic Education. In 2006 he became Head of Division China, South East Asia, India / Team Asia and the Pacific at KAS in Berlin (Germany).
From December 2010 to February 2015, he worked as Director of the China Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Shanghai. From March 2015 till April 2019 he was Director of the Regional Project “Energy Security and Climate Change” (RECAP), based in Hong Kong SAR / PR China. From May 2019 to November 2021, he was Director of the Department Asia and the Pacific at KAS in Berlin. Since then, he has served as the Martens Centre’s Policy Director.
His main fields of expertise are economic policy, international development cooperation and energy/climate policy. He is an expert on political, economic and social developments in Asia and China.
He is fluent in German, English and Hungarian, has good command in French and Italian and basic knowledge in Chinese.