Christof Rühl is the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s (ADIA) first Global Head of Research. In this new function, he is responsible for establishing, managing and leading ADIA’s first global research team, providing economic and geopolitical underpinning to the fund’s strategic and commercial decisions. Christof has a distinguished track record in business, academia and economic policy making. From 2005 to 2014, he served as Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc. Prior to BP, he was at the World Bank (1998-2005) where he served as the Bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil. Before that, he worked in the Office of the Chief Economist at the EBRD in London. Christof began his career as an academic economist, first in Germany and from 1991 as Professor of Economics at the University of California in Los Angeles. Christof also held Visiting Professorships at academic institutions worldwide. His areas of specialisation are macroeconomics and energy economics. He is published and quoted widely in these fields. Christof currently also holds the position of a Visiting Professor at UCL, Australia, and is an Independent Board Director of Halyk Bank, Kazakhstan.