Dr Svenja Hector
Dr. sc. ETH Zurich
Senior Manager + Acting Co-Lead Finance

Svenja Hector works as a Senior Manager + Acting Co-Lead Finance at adelphi in the area of Sustainable Finance. In this role, she advises financial institutions on energy efficiency financing. In addition, she is the Acting Co-Lead of Finance.

Svenja has profound knowledge in the economic assessment of climate policy, cost-benefit analysis and financial economics. In addition to several years of experience in the conceptualization and implementation of respective research projects, she is also experienced in the planning and execution of presentations and workshops for diverse audiences, e.g. social and natural scientists or financial market agents. Furthermore, Svenja Hector is proficient in the application of quantitative methods in statistics and econometrics.

Before joining adelphi, Svenja worked as a research associate in the area Integrative Risk Management and Economics at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland and as a consultant for 2° Investing Initiative. At ETH Zürich, she focused on the evaluation of investment projects with long time horizons, in particular projects for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her research shows how the existence of long-term risks can affect the cost-benefit analysis for such projects. For 2° Investing Initiative she collaborated on a study on the financial sector’s negligence of long-term risks and the resulting misallocation of capital.

Svenja holds a Ph.D. in Economics from ETH Zürich. In connection with her Ph.D. research, she was awarded the SCOR-EGRIE Young Economist Best Paper Award and won a prize for one of her presentations. Before her doctoral studies, she conducted a post-graduate program in International Economic Policy at the Kiel Institut für Weltwirtschaft and studied Economics at Freie Universität Berlin and at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, USA. The latter was supported by a stipend from Vanderbilt University and by a Fulbright grant.

Selected Projects

Selected publications

  • Accounting for Risk in Social Cost-Benefit Analysis: Recursive Approaches – Doctoral Dissertation

    Hector, Svenja 2015: Accounting for Risk in Social Cost-Benefit Analysis: Recursive Approaches. Doctoral Dissertation. Zürich: ETH Zurich.