Dr. Lena Giesbert
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
Financial and insurance markets (microfinance, microinsurance)
Informal employment and entrepreneurship
Empowerment and Sen's capability approach
Micro-level poverty traps