Ulrich Volz is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance and a Professor of Economics at SOAS, University of London. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Leipzig.
At SOAS, he previously served as Head of the Department of Economics and Member of the University’s Executive Board. Ulrich is a director of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment and serves on the advisory board of the International Sustainable Finance Centre and on the advisory panel of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ). He is co-chair of the Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery Initiative and a member of the NGFS-INSPIRE Study Group on Biodiversity and Financial Stability. Ulrich was Banque de France Chair at EHESS in Paris, and also taught at Peking University, Kobe University, Hertie School of Governance, Freie Universität Berlin, Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, and the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) in Tokyo.
He spent stints working at the European Central Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, University of Birmingham, ECB, Bank Indonesia, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Ulrich was part of the UN Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System and has acted as an advisor to several governments, central banks, international organisations and development agencies on matters of macroeconomic policy, sustainable finance and development.
Ulrich Volz was lead author of a recent study on Climate Change and Sovereign Risk as well as a 2018 UN report on Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries. He is a co-editor of the NGFS volume on Case Studies of Environmental Risk Analysis Methodologies and the Routledge Handbook of Banking and Finance in Asia.