Katharina Kaesehage
PhD student/Associate Research Fellow


In June 2010 I graduated from the University of Flensburg in Germany with a Master of Science in Management Studies. Afterwards I worked on the project "Energize the BoP! – Energy Business Models for Low-Income Markets" for the Emergia Institute in Berlin, in collaboration with the German Society for Technical Cooperation (GTZ). As the project related to innovative energy solutions, it motivated me to pursue a career in the wider field of climate change studies and to combine my passion for development studies, climate change and strategic management with renewable energies.

I collected additional practical experience in the field of energy and social behaviour during my stay abroad on Bali with the Indonesian energy supplier PT.PLN. I expanded my abilities while working as a student’s assistant at the Chair for International and Institutional Economics where I coordinated a workshop on Jamaica within the DAAD-Project “Barriers, drivers and unused potential related to sustainable energy systems”.

I acquired expertise on innovative business solutions for poverty reduction through my Master’s Thesis, which looked at value creation by aiming business goals in a way that it benefits social concerns. It showed that knowledge transfer can influence people’s behaviour and that it impacts their societal attitudes towards the environment.

I finished my Bachelor’s degree with a grade corresponding to an upper second-class and my Master’s degree with a grade corresponding to a first-class with distinction as best of my class.

It is my long-term goal to be active in the field of “Strategic Management” and “Development Studies”. I aspire to connect the value creation of businesses with social concerns in a way that it creates a win-win situation, which benefits all involved actors.

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