Mr. Werner Raza

Mr. Werner Raza
phone: +43 1 317 40 10 – 101

Werner Raza has been Head of ÖFSE since October 2010. An economist focusing his research on International Trade and Development, he has lectured at several universities and colleges in Austria and abroad. In addition, Mr. Raza has been a member of various advisory committees in the fields of foreign trade promotion, development finance and development policy.

Research Areas:

• Development economics and policy
• Financing for development
• International trade policy (EU trade policy, WTO, services)
• Latin America (Bolivia, Cono Sur)



  • Manager at the Austrian Research Foundation for International Development (ÖFSE) (since 10/2010)
  • University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna, Program Director of the Bachelor's and Master's program "European Economy and Business Management" (10/2009 to 08/2010)
  • Chamber of Labour Vienna, expert on European and international business (2002-2009)
  • Vienna University of Economics, Department of Theoretical Economics and Policy / External Sector and Development Planning, Assistant Professor (1992-2002)

Research stays
Several months of research stays in the United States, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brussels, as well as in Argentina.

Teaching experience

  • Visiting Professor for Trade Policy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, August 2010
  • Lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics, the University of Vienna and the University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna (since 2007) in the fields of Economics, International Trade, Development Economics and European Integration


  • Many years of experience in academic and applied research and policy advice in the fields of International Trade, Foreign Trade, Development Economics, European Integration
  • Extensive practical experience in the field of Austrian export promotion and policy (Advisory Board Member for the AFG, the Export Financing Committee, the Export Fund) and Foreign Trade Policy (Representation of the Federal Chamber of Labour Austria the inter-ministerial coordinating committees under Article 133 EC-V, and the Foreign Trade Council of the BMWFJ); member of the Council for Foreign Trade Statistics at Statistics Austria; member of the Austrian delegation to the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, December 2005
  • Many years of work experience in the field of development research and policy, including being a member at the “Business and Development” Committee of the Austrian Development Bank (2008-2009) and of the Austrian delegation to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro (13-22 June, 2012)


  • Diploma Studies at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Major in Economics and Social Sciences (1986-1988)
  • Diploma Studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Major in Economic and Social Sciences focusing on International Trade, Banking and Finance, (1988-1992): Master of Social and Economic Sciences (1992)
  • Graduate Studies in International Trade & Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (01/1990 to 06/1990)
  • Doctoral studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in the Social & Economic Sciences with a major in International Economics and Development Economics, Thesis: "The implementation of the concept of sustainable development in the neoliberal periphery: the case of Bolivia, 1989-1994", PhD in Social and Economic Sciences in June 1998 (summa cum laude).

CV (pdf)


  • Board member of the Committee for Global Responsibility
  • Member of the Mattersburger Group for Development Policy
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the EuroMemo Group
  • Consulting activities for various domestic and foreign research institutions

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