Otto Donner (1902-1981) was a World Bank officer, an economist, and a professor known as an authority on business cycles, statistics, and foreign aid. Donner was born in Germany. He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Berlin. Early in his career, he worked for the German Institute for Economic Research and the German Statistical Institute. In 1941, he began teaching economics at the University of Hamburg, and, in 1944, he taught at the Economic University of Berlin. Donner emigrated to the United States in 1947. He held a number of high-ranking posts throughout his career. For two years, Donner held a position as an alternative executive director of the International Monetary Fund. From 1954 to 1968, he served as the World Bank's executive director for Germany. In 1968, he worked in New York as a representative of the Westdeutsche Landesbank. Donner also taught economics at Georgetown University from 1947 to 1968.
Otto Donner died at the age of 79 in Washington, D.C. on June 30, 1981.
[Source: Obituary in "Washington Post," 7/3/1981].