Visiting Professor Harry Garretsen has been Professor of International Economics & Business at the University of Groningen since 2008. Alongside an impressive academic career, as attested among other things by his appointment as fellow at the University of Cambridge and his earlier professorial appointments at Radboud University Nijmegen and Utrecht University, he has always been actively concerned with economic policy and policy advice.
He worked at De Nederlandsche Bank and was deputy crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) from 2004 to 2014. For many years he was a member of the Advisory Board of the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. He gained management experience as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business in Groningen. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw (WSW) and the Bank Council, the advisory body to the Governing Board of De Nederlandsche Bank. His research field is international economics and macro-economics, with a particular focus on where companies choose to establish themselves. Both at home and abroad, Garretsen is regularly asked to act as an expert or contract researcher. In recent years, for example, he has worked for the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance, the Bundesbank, the EU and the World Bank. Through the universities of Groningen and Cambridge he has gained broad experience with executive education, and he takes part regularly in the public debate on economic issues, including via the Me Judice forum, where he is an editor-in-chief.