Barbara Engels

German Economic Institute

Programs: Foreign & Security Policy, GeoeconomicsRegions: GermanyCategory: Analysis

Barbara Engels is Senior Economist for Sustainable Digitalization at the German Economic Institute in Cologne. In the research unit Digitalization and Climate Action she conducts research on how digitalization must be designed so that economy and society benefit from in a sustainable manner. Her research interests include cybersecurity, data economy, digital markets, and digital sovereignty. As part of her research, she lectures internationally and gives workshops for academia, companies, and the public sector. Previously, she supported German-Israeli economic cooperation at the German-Israeli Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Tel Aviv and worked as a freelance journalist for several German media outlets. She studied Economics (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) in Berlin, New York, and Barcelona.

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No Cyber Resilience, No Economic Resilience

When Russia attacked Ukraine starting in late February 2022, it did so not only with bombs, missiles, and tanks but also with hackers. Massive cyberattacks were carried out on Ukraine’s …