Samuel Leistner is an economist specialising in economic development. He is particularly experienced in industrial development, development cooperation, trade, and development finance. He has worked on studies for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and the German Development Institute (DIE). Samuel is experienced in using a wide range of quantitative methods such as econometrics and financial analysis and can design mixed method impact evaluations. As a former IT-Analyst he now focusses on the role of advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 in economic development.
Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Samuel worked for the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development at the Institute of Development Studies. His work focussed on the role of the BRICS in international development. He also worked with Professor Stephany Griffith-Jones on projects about development finance and multilateral development banks. Before coming to the UK, Samuel gained experience at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and worked for the Embassy of India in Hungary.
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/University of Sussex. He is fluent in English and German, and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.