Laura Benning holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Bonn, specialising in policy analysis. At the Hertie School and during her semester abroad at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she studied public policy, focusing on international development and quantitative methods. Her professional experience ranges from working for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Mexico to interning with the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and supporting the research and consulting firm Endeva in creating innovative business solutions in low-income markets. Laura has worked on child, family and education policy for a member of the German Parliament and the social start-up Kiron Open Higher Education. She has also volunteered in mentoring programs in Germany and in a community development project in Nicaragua.
Master’s thesis title
Social innovations: overcoming financial barriers to scaling