OMFIF sets course for German expansion

Meyer-Schwickerath, former British Chamber of Commerce head, will lead Germany venture

OMFIF is establishing operations in Berlin to support its international activities and to deepen further its relationships with Germany’s official sector, commercial banks, institutional investors and industrial companies.

In addition to buttressing OMFIF’s overall offering as a global forum for economic policy-makers and financial markets, OMFIF Germany will play a key role in the Digital Monetary and Sustainable Policy Institutes launched this year.

This underlines OMFIF’s strong interest in digital payments and investment geared to environmental, social and governance factors, as well as the German political economy in the crucial 2021 election year.

Operations will be led by Andreas Meyer-Schwickerath in Berlin, a licensed German lawyer who joins after 17 years as managing director at the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany. Meyer-Schwickerath previously held posts at Deutsche Bank, Daimler-Benz and Delbrück private bank, including in real estate and funding activities, working both in Europe and the US. He studied at Münster, Freiburg, Bonn and Hamburg universities.

Germany has been a centrepiece of OMFIF activities since it was founded in 2010, accounting for 200 meetings and 500 research notes over 11 years.

John Orchard, OMFIF CEO, said, ‘This is the right time to be increasing our activities in Germany. We look forward to working even more closely with our European partners and to forging new relationships, particularly in areas of digital and sustainable policy. I am pleased to welcome Andreas to the team. He has a wealth of impressive experience and will play a key role in our continued success in the region.’
Frank Scheidig, global head of senior executive banking at DZ BANK, deputy chairman of the OMFIF advisory council and a member of the BCCG board, said , ‘It’s wonderful that OMFIF is expanding in Germany, in macroeconomics, financial markets and beyond. DZ BANK has been proud to support OMFIF from its start in 2010. We have been pioneers together in the vital field of sustainability. We are pleased to be intensifying our efforts for the good of all parties.’

Michael Schmidt, BCCG president, said, ‘I look forward to continuing working with Andreas in his new role at OMFIF. After spending almost 17 years with the BCCG, relentlessly working on the German-British relationship and expanding the BCCG’s footprint, this is a fitting way of building further on his wealth of experience.’

Andreas Meyer-Schwickerath said, ‘OMFIF is an ideal independent platform, not influenced by lobbyists or special interest groups, for businesses and professionals to exchange ideas for financial and economic policies that enhance prosperity and stability. I am looking forward to supporting OMFIF across Germany, Europe and further afield.’

David Marsh, OMFIF chairman and founder, a member of the BCCG presidium, said, ‘I have worked with Andreas continuously in his leadership position at the BCCG. In view of Brexit uncertainties and general world economic challenges, it’s crucial that OMFIF has a strong presence in Europe’s foremost economy. Co-operation with the BCCG is at the fulcrum of our German engagement.’

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