My name is Leonhardt van Efferink. I help professionals and students with making sense of economic and political developments.
Although I started my career as a desk-based analyst, nowadays I also work as a trainer and a lecturer. Which path resulted in this transformation?
Life-long interest in international developments
As a little boy, I was already very much interested in world news. Although it was too complex for me to understand, I was often very curious. For example, how was it possible that the population of Iran had been able to end the power of its strong leader in 1979?
After obtaining a Master’s degree in Economics in Rotterdam, I had great jobs as a country risk analyst between 1997 and 2009. It felt like a dream come true: I read and wrote about nearly all countries in the world. My central question was always: what were the various effects of economic and political developments on the Dutch economy or particular companies?
Bringing economics, geopolitics and framing together
In retrospect, a visit to a bookshop in Brussels in 2000 marked the beginning of a profound change in my ambitions. During that visit, I bought a French book about geopolitics. The book refreshed my perspective on the world. This fascination for geopolitics made me eventually decide to do something drastic: I resigned from my job at a bank. To study geopolitics at King’s College London.
Then I wrote a Ph.D. thesis about geopolitics at Royal Holloway (University of London). I developed a method to compare the ways in which countries are framed. Moreover, I analysed how these frames had an impact on economic and political decisions. Meanwhile, I also founded my company.
My comprehensive experience has since formed an effective basis to help both professionals and students to make sense of economic and political developments.
Would you like to know how I can help your organisation? Then contact me to explore your options.