Schade leads Economic Association
The management committee of the Economic Association of Namibia (EAN) this week announced the appointment of Klaus Schade as the association’s first Executive Director.
Schade brings with him substantial experience in socio-economic research in Namibia. His main areas of research include macro-economic and fiscal policy analysis, regional integration and international trade as well as poverty analysis. He has been involved in the formulation of various policies and sector strategies including the Fourth National Development Plan in 2012 and the Growth Strategy for the Metal Fabrication Industry in 2015. He also designed the 2013 Social Accounting Matrix for Namibia. Before joining the Economic Association, he worked as independent economic policy analyst. Earlier he worked for the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU).
Schade is the first long-term employee of the EAN and is tasked with the further development of the association to achieve its long term objectives. These include establishing the EAN as a centre of excellence for socio-economic research; improving post-tertiary socio-economic research opportunities for young Namibians; conducting research and developing EAN’s research capacity; and interacting with policy makers to offer policy advice and formulation support. Furthermore, he will continue the on-going effort of the EAN to stimulate economic discourse and awareness of economic issues through public and members events and conferences. The Economic Association extended its gratitude to the Hanns Seidel Foundation for their continued support.