Lukas Kocher is a Research Analyst at adelphi. His main focus is on sustainability entrepreneurship, adaptation to climate change and green finance. In this context, he works primarily in the promotion of climate-friendly, inclusive business models in developing and emerging countries.
Prior to joining adelphi, Lukas gained practical experience in the Climate and Economic Development Competence Centres of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), where he supported climate projects of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, drafted a study on potential climate projects in Tajikistan, and helped design a project to fund climate-change adaptation capacities for Moroccan SMEs. He continued his work on the implementation of the latter at adelphi on behalf of GIZ. As an assistant to the NAMA Facility (a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and the British Department of Energy and Climate Change), he conducted the primary selection for funding projects during the first call after the foundation of the initiative. At the division of climate & public sector business development of Munich Re, he contributed to the development of a climate risk model for Australian corporates and was involved in drafting a group-wide, climate-related investment and reinsurance strategy.
Lukas Kocher completed the Master of Science programme in International Business Administration at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). During his studies, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Chair of People, Work and Management, where he played an instrumental role in a qualitative research project on corporate secrecy on behalf of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Prior to that, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Economics at the University of Bayreuth. His main academic focus included organizational management, business ethics, political philosophy, development and environmental economics, microeconomics and game theory. He undertook exchange semesters in Honolulu, Istanbul and Copenhagen. His master's thesis, which was published by Springer as part of its BestMasters Initiative, examines the positive role of informal networks in times of organizational change and was prepared in cooperation with GIZ.