Dr. Finn Ole Semrau

Kiel Institute Researcher
Innovation and Internationalization

Topics: Sustainable Development, Globalization, Climate, Emerging Markets & Developing Countries, Innovation and Competition, Africa


Main research interests

  • Hydrogen
  • Corporate Social Responsibility along global value chains
  • Green innovation and management
  • Environment and globalization
  • Coffee trade and development

Finn Ole Semrau is PostDoc at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, focusing on the analysis of the interplay between environmental and social standards, and globalization in his dissertation titled "Closer and Greener? Firms' Global Value Chain Participation and Sustainability." His current research is embedded to the KlimaF-I project, investigating the climate policy contributions of research and innovation measures. His specific focus is on the take-off of a green hydrogen economy.

Committed to facilitating knowledge exchange between research and policy, he contributes to evidence-based policy recommendations. His involvement spans various policy-oriented studies commissioned by institutions such as the European Parliament, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and the International Coffee Organization.

In addition to his academic pursuits, he serves as an expert in monitoring and evaluating development projects, taking charge of data collection efforts. Since 2016, he has been actively engaged on behalf of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the GFA Consulting Group, and New Link Mozambique. While coordinating data collection initiatives, he has undertaken multiple trips, including three to Mozambique and one to Kenya.

His international perspective is further underscored by research stays in Ireland (Trinity College Dublin), Brazil (UFRJ), and Spain (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission). Semrau's diverse expertise and global engagement make him a prominent figure at the intersection of academia, policy, and international cooperation.

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