Elena Eckhardt is a Research Analyst in the field of sustainable business. She provides support for projects related to socially and ecologically sustainable entrepreneurship and the green economy. Elena deals mainly with the market potential of innovative and sustainable business ideas as well as the implementation of programs to promote environmentally and socially conscious business in developing and emerging countries.
In the past, Elena worked on research projects in the field of climate adaptation at adelphi. Before joining adelphi, she learned about the intersection of environment, climate and development in international cooperations. Sponsored by a Carlo Schmid scholarship, she worked for the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in the field of green economy, where she dealt with issues relating to the relationship between trade and the environment. At the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz), Elena provided support for a trade promotion program in Myanmar, including setting up a help desk. In the United Nations section of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), she gained insight into the workings of a top federal agency and processes of multilateral cooperation. At the Chamber of Commerce Abroad (AHK) in Singapore, Elena helped small and medium-sized companies explore new markets and carried out analyses on the subject of renewable energies and energy efficiency technologies. She was also involved in the preparation and implementation of an international scientific research workshop at the Chair for International Relations at the University of Konstanz.
Elena holds a Master in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). As part of her master's thesis, she used quantitative methods to investigate the determinants of climate legislation in developing and emerging countries. Elena completed her Bachelor in Political and Administrative Science at the University of Konstanz. During her bachelor's degree, she spent one semester at the University of Sheffield.