Samuel Leistner is an economist specialising in economic development, industrial policy, and green finance. He worked on projects for various national and international clients including United Nations, European Investment Bank, European Commission, and the British Government. Samuel is experienced in using a wide range of quantitative methods such as econometrics and financial analysis and can design mixed method impact evaluations with realist elements.
On the European level he currently leads a work strand of the evaluation of the European Investment Bank’s Energy Lending Criteria and worked on studies concerning low-carbon growth for the European Commission DG Energy & DG Research. In the UK he leads work strands of the evaluation of the multi-billion-pound renewable energy Contracts for Difference auction scheme and the evaluation of EPSRC’s circular economy research funding. He further works on the Faraday Battery Challenge evaluation. Samuel contributed to the 2018 UN Financing for Development Report focussing on the role of public finance institutions in financing renewable energy and private capital mobilisation through blended finance.
Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Samuel worked for the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development at the Institute of Development Studies. Samuel holds a BSc in European Economic Studies from the University of Bamberg, a BA in Applied Economics from Corvinus University Budapest, and an MA (distinction) in Globalisation, Business and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, and wrote his dissertation on Pre-mature De-industrialisation. He is fluent in English and German, and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.