Dirk Messner is the Director of the German Development Institute in Bonn and a professor of political science at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
Mr. Messner is a political scientist and development economist. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin. His areas of specialization include globalization and global governance, global environmental change and its impact on international development, development in Latin America and Asia, and development policy.
His current research activities include the role of China and Japan as emerging actors in global governance, and global environmental change as a security risk.