Elsa Semmling
Diplom Economist, Master of Economics
Senior Manager

Elsa Semmling works at adelphi as a Senior Manager in the topic areas of water, international cooperation, and green economy. In her position, she analyses political, institutional, and economic frameworks for supporting national and international environmental policy processes.

Elsa is experienced in coordinating research and consulting projects and in the development of recommendations for action for German environmental and sustainability policy. She possesses broad knowledge of developing methods and products for stakeholder and usage analyses, as well as for the analysis of pilot projects’ socio-economic effects in emerging and developing countries. In addition to advising and supporting environmental policy processes, she has experience conceptualising and carrying out dialogue formats for knowledge exchange between relevant actors at the national, European, and international levels. Her regional focusses include Western and Southern Europe and the MENA region.

Elsa is currently supporting the development of an online platform for innovative solutions to sustainable water management in the European Union and is developing concepts and contributions with the aim of increasing sustainability in international chemicals management. As part of her work she also coordinates and produces studies and policy briefs for the specialist discourse between scientific, civil society, and political actors.

Prior to her position at adelphi, Elsa gained practical experience working on international projects at the German Central Bank in Frankfurt and at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. There, she took part in the work of the research departments economic activity and global economy, analysing conditions for prosperity and sustainable growth.  

Elsa completed a German-French dual degree in economics and management science at Leipzig University, Germany, and the Université Lyon II, France. In her master’s thesis, she dealt with economic dependence on raw materials and their impacts on the economic structures of Latin American emerging countries.   

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