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Thomas
Gratowski

Senior Practice Lead, Global macro
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Thomas Gratowski

Thomas is Senior Practice Lead in Global Counsel’s macro team and leads GC’s MENA office in Doha. He joined Global Counsel from the World Bank, where he was a consultant, focusing on country strategy in the Middle East and North Africa. He has also worked for a member of the German Bundestag, and a research project of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Thomas advises clients on macroeconomic and geopolitical developments, in particular in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He provides strategic advice for clients with an interest in the Gulf, and helps European corporates understand sanctions, political risks and commercial opportunities in Iran. He has also helped investors in the energy sector assess political and macroeconomic risks in North Africa. Thomas also supports Global Counsel’s Brexit work with macroeconomic analysis and covers European political developments with a focus on Germany. Besides native German, he also speaks French and is conversant in Arabic.

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German state elections and life after Merkel

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Denzil Davidson, Adviser and Thomas Gratowski, Practice Lead, Global Macro discuss Germany's states elections, ahead of the federal elections in September, what the state elections tell us about the future of German politics and what it means for the EU.

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Rolling out the covid-19 vaccine in emerging markets

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Global Macro Practice Lead Thomas Gratowski, and Senior Associates Isabelle Trick and Brigitta Kinadi examine how Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are approaching covid-19 vaccines and look at how well different emerging markets are positioned to achieve vaccine targets. They also explore how countries have handled the transmission of cases and and when we might be able to…

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Reconciliation alone won’t revive the GCC’s economic project

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Saudi Arabia and Qatar agreed to settle their dispute at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in al-Ula earlier this month. Despite uncertainty until the last minute, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE followed the Saudi lead and grudgingly restored land, sea and air transport links with Qatar. Riyadh’s willingness – and in the end eagerness – to end the crisis was prompted…

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Tech and trade: how hot is the Israel-UAE peace deal?

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Did Israel get a sweet deal with the United Arab Emirates, and the latter little in return? Critics would say yes. Abu Dhabi broke with the traditional Arab position, requiring the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital in return for recognition. All Israel had to do was to suspend its rather dubious annexation plans. But this criticism…

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