OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Ministerial Meeting 2023


Helmut Kraemer-Eis

European Investment Fund

Chief Economist, Head of Research & Market Analysis


Dr. Helmut Kraemer-Eis is Head of Research & Market Analysis and Chief Economist at the European Investment Fund (EIF), the EIB Group's specialist provider of risk finance to benefit SMEs across Europe. His team supports EIF’s business development and strategic decision-making processes through applied research, market analyses, surveys, and economic impact assessments. Prior to this, Helmut developed and headed EIF’s Guarantees and Securitisation Risk Management. He also worked as Senior Manager at KfW’s Business Policy and Economic Research Departments (financial markets, SME finance, securitisation, renewable energy). Helmut holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Bonn (Germany) and a PhD from the University of Jena (Germany), where he also worked as researcher and teaching associate. He has authored and co-authored numerous research publications on economic topics, i.e. related to SME finance, and a book on country risk analysis (and the consideration of the natural environment). He is the editor of EIF’s Working Papers series.