Jakob Hensing is a research fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where he contributes to the institute’s work on peace and security and the changing global order. His interests include state formation and decay, the interplay of economic development and political order, and state-business relations, especially in Africa and the Middle East region. He is part of the core team for the Stabilization Lab project.
Having worked at GPPi as a research associate in 2011, Jakob has returned to the institute after a decade of moving between management consulting and academia. He has more than five years of experience working as a consultant, initially at McKinsey & Company with a focus on large-scale organizational and operating model transformations across industries. He then moved on to Orphoz Public, McKinsey’s dedicated public sector branch, where he focused on strategic and organizational aspects of digital government and topics related to economic development. In addition to his client work, Jakob contributed to two major projects on the future of the European economy at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). Before joining McKinsey, he interned with the German Federal Foreign Office’s unit for civilian crisis prevention and volunteered with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Damascus, Syria. He was also part of the founding team of d|part, a think tank on political participation.
Jakob earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where his dissertation focused on the politics of post-conflict economic reconstruction in Angola and Mozambique. He holds an MPhil in international relations, also from Oxford, as well as a bachelor’s degree in integrated social sciences from Jacobs University Bremen. During his undergraduate years, he also spent a semester at Sciences Po in Paris. Jakob’s studies were supported by a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation.