Ulrich H. Brunnhuber is the new head of the EIB’s Tunis office, having succeeded Robert Feige on 1 August 2013.
Of German nationality, Mr Brunnhuber has a degree in Arabic from the American University of Cairo and studied Arab history and diplomacy at the University of Hamburg. He also has an MBA (Finance option) from the University of Texas in Austin (US) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
After working for some ten years as a financial adviser in the private sector, in 2005 he joined the EIB, where he has occupied a number of operational positions, notably as a senior investment officer in South Africa, as well as programme evaluation and advisory positions, particularly with the European Commission.
The EIB has been operating in Tunisia for over 30 years and is the country’s biggest external lender, providing more than EUR 4.6 billion worth of loans.
The EIB has had an office in Tunis since December 2004.
The EIB Group has stepped up its level of precaution at its headquarters in Luxembourg and in its external offices. All staff will telework as of 16 March. A small number of staff whose physical presence on EIB premises is indispensable will continue to be present on the EIB campus. The decision aims to protect the health of employees and ensure the continuity of the EIB Group’s activity.
On Wednesday the EIB identified its first case of one staff member who tested positive for corona virus.
As a precautionary measure, the EIB decided not to hold the meeting of its Board of Directors planned for Thursday 12 March in person. Decisions on the Board’s agenda will be taken by written procedure. The Bank has put in place measures to prevent disruption to its governance or operation approval schedule.
On Monday 2 March, the former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, visited the EIB in Luxembourg on a joint invitation from the Bank, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Court of Auditors.