Jonas Restle-Steinert is a Senior Manager at adelphi in the thematic areas of Green Finance and Energy. In his work, he focuses on strengthening renewable energy initiatives and linking them with the private sector and market development, as well as on financing models for initiatives supporting sustainability, energy supply, climate adaptation, and private sector development.
Jonas has built a broad expertise in coordinating and conceptualising diverse international development projects with multi-million Euro budgets. He has experience working in a multitude of emerging and developing countries in West and Southern Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. Beyond renewable energy and financing models, his work is primarily focused on private sector, market, and financial systems development as well as on vocational training and skills/capacity development. Jonas holds a Capacity WORKS certification.
Before joining adelphi, Jonas managed a large multi-year post-Ebola economic recovery project in Sierra Leone. He was responsible for the establishment and promotion of renewable energy as the dominant source of power across the country through close cooperation with international investors, policymakers as well as local private sector and civil society representatives. Furthermore, he has supported projects and proposals aimed at improving employment, economic structures and skills development in Northern Nigeria and Pakistan.
He had previously gained practical experience in sustainable economic development for KfW Development Bank in Namibia and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Saudi Arabia. He also advised social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa on designing sustainable business models as well as the UK Department for International Development (DFID) on maximising the social impact of an energy and trade corridor project in Central Asia.
Jonas Restle-Steinert holds a postgraduate degree (MSc) in Development Management from the London School of Economics (LSE). For his dissertation, he conducted field research in rural Zambia on innovative, socially responsible financing schemes for small-scale entrepreneurs as alternatives to traditional microfinance. He studied Politics and Administrative Sciences (BA) at the University of Konstanz, and wrote his dissertation on determinants of trust in the granting process of microloans. He also studied for six months in the MBA-programme of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University as part of a student exchange. Throughout his studies, he was a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).