Jona Liebl is a Senior Manager at adelphi leading the topical areas of sustainability entrepreneurship and climate-smart inclusive green business models in developing countries and emerging economies. As a political scientist, he has many years of experience in conceptualising and leading international development projects, especially on behalf of the European Commission, various ministries and UN organisations, as well as German and international development cooperation organisations.
As an experienced project leader, he designs and implements projects and programmes for national and international institutions. His work is primarily centred on the intersection of economic development, environmental policy and private sector cooperation. He has sound competencies as an evaluator of sustainable business models and as a developer of entrepreneurial capacity building programmes. Jona is Capacity WORKS certified.
As a senior project manager with years of career experience in international cooperation, Jona is Head of Programmes of SEED, a global multi-stakeholder partnership that was founded at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002 and that supports innovative, small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises in developing countries and emerging economies. In this context he has over the years evaluated a huge variety of sustainable business models as part of the global SEED Awards and has implemented several workshop formats with innovative eco-inclusive start-up enterprises in Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Uganda) and Asia (Vietnam).
Jona is co-author of a case studies series on successful local initiatives in the area of biodiversity conservation and poverty eradication as part of the international multi-stakeholder project "Biodiversity for Local Livelihoods". His regional expertise extends from Asia to Latin America and Africa.
Prior to joining adelphi, Jona worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, USA, where he served as a Programme Assistant at the Equator Initiative. Subsequently to his work at UNDP, he was appointed as a member of the Technical Advisory Committees for the 2012 and 2014 Equator Prize.
Jona graduated from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with a M.A. degree in Political Science, Modern History and Media Law with a specialisation in international relations and the international standardisation of ethical business conduct. During his studies he was a visiting fellow at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, Peru and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain. Further, he is a qualified IT specialist (IHK).