The Economic Policy Forum is a global alliance of think tanks dedicated to collaborative, results-oriented research on sustainability and growth challenges faced by emerging economies. Our goal is to shape economic policies with informed, evidence-based recommendations, which are fed into domestic and international reform process such as the G20 Summits, COPs, and BRICS Consultations. We provide a platform for exchanging experiences between countries and strengthening the ability of our members to shape policy. Our activities are driven by our member think tanks, centered on eight Policy Initiatives: Energy Policy, Regional Integration, Climate Action, Innovation and Economic Diversification, Sustainable Infrastructure, Digital Economy, Sustainable Finance and Forced Migration.

EPF was initiated by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German agency for international co-operation, which acts as its co-ordinating secretariat. EPF is one of three interconnected networks of the Emerging Market Sustainability Dialogues

How we work

EPF members decide on topics of common interest by forming Policy Initiatives, in which they jointly work on policy recommendations with relevance to their respective countries and their national and international reform agendas.
Each Policy Initiative is coordinated by one or more member think tanks. Additional experts from other countries and think tanks may be invited to join the Policy Initiative, and further topics can be suggested at any time by any member. While there is flexibility depending on the circumstances, Policy Initiatives generally follows the following five-stage process:

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    Proposal of Policy Initiative
    EPF Members propose and decide to create a Policy Initiative
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    Concept Note for Joint Policy Papers
    Definition of research questions, methodology, and workstreams
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    Workshop on Draft Policy Papers
    Members and outside experts present and discuss draft papers.
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    Presentation of pre-final Policy Papers
    Final results, findings and recommendations are presented.
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    Release of Papers and Integration into National and International Reform Processes
    Policy papers are presented and discussed at international fora, and integrated into reform dialogues.

Secretariat

Daniel Taras

Director

Daniel serves as the Executive Director of the Economic Policy Forum (EPF). Prior to his current role, he was head of section within GIZ’s global partnerships and emerging economies unit and worked as a long-term advisor on corporate social responsibility in China and on private sector development in Laos. He started his career as a strategic management consultant, investment banker and financial sector economist in London, UK. Besides, he has worked, lived and travelled in a number of Asian, African, and Latin American countries. Daniel holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), an MSc in Development Finance from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and an MPhil from Cambridge University, specializing in Chinese economy and management, which included studies at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management. He is also an alumnus of the German Development Institute.

Antje Uhlig

Co-Director

Antje is Co-Director of the Economic Policy Forum (EPF). Her focus is on topics of sustainable economic growth, climate actions, energy and resources management, working with partner institutions primarily in emerging economies and OECD countries within the EPF. Prior to her current role, Antje worked as a strategic consultant and expert with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a prominent public policy think tank in Delhi, where she was in charge forging new institutional partnerships for ORF with policy institutes in Europe and the US with focus on energy efficiency, sustainable and inclusive (urban) development, corporate social responsibility. Ms. Uhlig holds an MA in International Politics and Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. She is also an alumna of the London School of Economics’ Executive Summer School.

 

EPF | Economic Policy Forum

EPF | Economic Policy Forum