Mr Sebastian Heinen

Key information

MSc (Cologne), MIM (CEMS), BSc (Cologne)
Email address
Thesis title
Distinct Industrial Policy in an Adverse-Context State: Coffee, Construction and Tourism in Rwanda
Internal Supervisors
Professor Mushtaq Khan


Sebastian is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Studies and a M.Sc. in Economics both from the University of Cologne. Sebastian also got a CEMS Master's in International Management. He has been a visiting student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and at Tsinghua University in Beijing. During his studies Sebastian has been a teaching assistant in Fiscal Politics and Labour Economics. In his master thesis he examined how New Institutional Economics explains the Great Divergence of national income between the ""West and the Rest"" (S. Hall) in the 19th century.

Prior to joining the Department of Economics at SOAS, Sebastian worked as a Consultant for a German NGO in Financial Sector Development in Rwanda, focusing on the professionalization of community-based financial cooperatives and the establishment of a cooperative bank. He has been working as a freelance consultant in various projects, including short-term assignments in Togo and Benin regarding financial inclusion and designing a budget management tool for a three-country development programme in East Africa. Sebastian interned with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). 

Research interests

  • Political Settlements and Rent-Seeking
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Institutional Economics
  • African Industrial Policy and State Intervention
  • Rwanda

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