Finn Ole Semrau

Innovation and Internationalization

Topics: Sustainable Development, Globalization, Climate, Emerging Markets & Developing Countries, Innovation, 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 a postdoc researcher dedicated to fostering inclusive and sustainable development in our interconnected world. His research delves into the factors driving firms' action in green innovation, green management, and corporate social responsibility. He defended his thesis on firms' global value chain participation and sustainability in spring 2023.

By bridging the gap between research and policy, he seeks to derive evidence-based insights promoting actionable solutions. He contributed to several policy reports, e.g., on behalf of the European Parliament, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and the International Coffee Organization.

In addition, Finn Ole Semrau is an expert in monitoring and evaluation of development cooperation projects, including team leadership of several data collections. Since 2016, he has been commissioned by Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), GFA Consulting Group and New Link Mozambique. In so doing, he has been on three field trips to Mozambique.

Moreover, he has been on research visits in Ireland (Trinity College Dublin) and Brazil (UFRJ) as well as on data collection in Kenya (around Kisumu). In autumn 2023, he will visit the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Sevilla.