ELTI pays tribute to Ulrich Schröder
Dr. Ulrich Schröder, 66, former CEO of KFW, passed away on 25 March 2018. Ulrich had too many qualities to tell them all in one page. He had a pioneer view about the role of National Promotional Banks and Financial Institutions. He knew and demonstrated how complementary we are with others financial actors. He had the ability to create synergies between national and international visions. He was also always looking for a European point of view starting with the special relation between France and Germany. We also appreciated his leadership and the way he expressed it. He could be very direct, when he had an opinion, it was difficult to ignore it.
Beyond his professional qualities, Ulrich was a very endearing person and I personally have such good memories, in particular during Oktoberfest in München where we spent such enjoyable evenings.
ELTI Association has lost a passionate supporter and all of us have lost a very good friend. We share the deep sorrow of Maria and their three children.
Given the rapid changes our societies are undergoing and the 'short-termist' tendency of many economic and political actors, the need for long-term vision is more important than ever. The implementation of far-reaching global objectives such as building sustainable infrastructure for sustainable investment, fighting climate change or innovating in our resources consumption and in production technologies is not only an absolute necessity: it is also a path, in itself, to recovery from the current crisis on a new basis to avoid its return and ensure the well-being of future generations.