Prof. Dr. Markus Taube holds the Chair for East Asian Economic Studies / China as a faculty member of the Mercator School of Management. He is the Director of the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen as well as a Co-Director of the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr, a Sino-German organisation for cultural exchange and civil society dialog.
Concurrently (2019-2021) he also acts as the Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST).
Markus Taube has been appointed to Visiting Professor positions at Nankai University, Tianjin, PR China, (2014-2017 "1000 Plan", 2019-2022), Ca`Foscari University, Venice, Italy (2015-2016), Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, PR China (2017-2020), Jilin University, Changchun, PR China (2017-2022), as well as Wuhan University, PR China (2018-permanent).
He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Berlin (since 2013), and the Chinese Economic Association / Europe (CEA) (since 2016), the Research Council of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP), Berlin (since 2017). He has been part of the Experts-Group for the "Sino-German Innovation Platform" at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (2017-2019). He is a member of the Corporate Development Council of the Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) (since 2019).
Markus Taube served as President of the Euro-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA) from 2017-2019.
Markus Taube started his academic career studying sinology and economics at the universities of Trier and Wuhan (PR China) and received his doctorate at the Ruhr University Bochum. With his dissertation he became the Walter-Eucken Prize laureate of 1998. Before joining the University of Duisburg-Essen he worked at the ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich. He is a founding partner of THINK!DESK China Research & Consulting.