Weltethos Institut
Academics Lecturers Dr. Karl G. Jechoutek

Dr. Karl G. Jechoutek


Dr. Karl G. Jechoutek researches and lectures in economics and the humanities in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as in Vienna, Austria. His main research interest is the intersection between human development and the historical, economic, cultural and religious factors which affect it.

From 1977 to 2000, Dr. Jechoutek worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the bank’s strategic orientation in the energy sector and the creation and maintenance of affiliations with different interest groups. During that time, he lectured and published on the relationship between the environment, energy and poverty and the role of renewable energy in development policy, as well as important questions in global infrastructure industry. From 1973 to 1977, he served as a consultant for the Economist Intelligence Unit in London in the domain of infrastructure development.

Dr. Jechoutek was awarded his MBA (Master of Business Administration) by the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, an MA and doctorate in economics by the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in religious studies by the University of Cape Town.

At the Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute), Dr. Jechoutek lectures on religious ethics and markets.


Through the Eye of the Needle, in: Augustine Shutte (ed), The Quest for Humanity in Science and Religion, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster, 2006.

The Diversity Ethic and the Spirit of Individualism, Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 2011. Pr