Frederik Beelitz

What is your background?

I joined ECA in 2009 straight after graduating from University and hold an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick.

What’s it like working at ECA?

The variety of sectors, areas, countries and tasks I am exposed to during my work is one of the most interesting aspects of working at ECA. Furthermore, the non-hierarchical organisational set-up means that the working environment is inclusive and provides a great opportunity to learn from more experienced staff.

How will ECA help my career development/help me improve my skill set?

Joining ECA you will inevitably become an expert in the fields of energy or water economics. Your everyday exposure to the key issues in policy design, market liberalisation, support system development, pricing methodologies and financial analysis will enable you to acquire in depth knowledge in these fields.

What type of projects do you typically work on?

As many staff members here at ECA, I had the chance to work on a large variety of sectors, areas and topics. My previous projects have ranged from advising on gas infrastructure development in Indonesia over analysing renewable energy support mechanisms in the West Balkans to recommending a solar rural electrification project in Djibouti.  While I increasingly specialise on gas, I still have the freedom to choose other projects I want to be involved in.

Am I expected to present to clients? Who are the typical clients you work for?

Yes, collaboration with and presentation of results to our clients is an important part of our work and you will be expected to interact with the client on a regular basis. Our clients typically are development agencies and international finance institutions. Although we also advise private sector clients, the majority of the projects I have lead or been involved in were funded by the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Which countries have you covered in your time at ECA?

The project’s at ECA will usually take you to very interesting countries. For me these have included: Djibouti, Gabon, South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, FYR of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Indonesia.

What is the best thing about working at ECA?

Working on high profile and interesting projects with international scope in a very informal and intellectually stimulating environment.