Torsten Becker is an economist with focus on development/energy finance and international relations. At the beginning of his career, he supported the implementation of several sustainable energy finance programmes in Southeast Europe (market analysis, strategy/product/pipeline development, capacity building), and worked on project feasibility studies in China (green finance in urban infrastructure, climate innovation finance for SMEs). Within the FS/UNEP partnership, Torsten was leading the design of a project for financing clean energy technologies on household level (mainly domestic biogas) in Southeast Asia.
More recently, Torsten was co-author of the study “Renewable energy in hybrid mini-grids: Economic benefits and case studies” (assessing the impact of PV-hybridisation on electricity generation costs under private-sector return expectations) and lead financial expert for a comprehensive market study on energy efficiency finance in five Balkan countries. Currently he is involved in advising the German government in its contribution to the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, and in designing a structured fund for (public and private) investors to pre-finance carbon credit revenues (for the World Bank). Besides, Torsten has been a speaker and panellist at several international conferences (ACEF, EU PVSEC) and donor workshops.