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Dr. Lena Giesbert


Short CV

  • Since 2017: Consultant in the field of Private Sector Development of the Africa Department, GFA Consulting Group, Hamburg 2

  • 016 - 2017: Research Fellow in the project "The Rise of Middle Classes in Emerging and Developing Countries: Patterns, Causes, and Consequences"

  • 2015 - 2017: Research Fellow in the project "Performance and Dynamics of Micro and Small Firms in Developing Countries"

  • 2012 - 2017: Research Fellow in the project "Poverty and Inequality Dynamics and the Role of Social Policies"

  • 2006 - 2017: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of African Affairs

  • 2013 - 2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Spokesperson of the Research Team 1 "Inclusive Societies" of GIGA Research Programme 3 "Growth and Development"

  • 2008 - 2013: External PhD student at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences Thaer-Institute, Department of Agricultural Economics, Germany; Dissertation on “Microinsurance and Riks Management: Evidence from Ghana” (summa cum laude)

  • 2005 - 2006: Student assistant in the BIOTA East Africa Project at the Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig and GIGA (DAAD fellowship for the Master’s thesis), field research in Kakamega / Kenya

  • 2004 - 2005: Internships at FAKT Consult for Management, Training and Technologies, Stuttgart, Germany and the Namibia Economic and Policy Research Unit (NEPRU), Windhoek, Namibia

  • Education: Magister Artium (eq. of Master) in African Studies with focus on economics, politics and society in Africa; Cultural Studies, Musicology at the University of Leipzig, field research stays in Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya

Current Research

  • Financial and insurance markets (microfinance, microinsurance)

  • Informal employment and entrepreneurship

  • Empowerment and Sen's capability approach

  • Micro-level poverty traps

  • Economic development

Countries and Regions

  • East Africa

  • Ghana

  • Kenya

  • Uganda


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