Jakob Hafele

Co-Founder, Executive Director and Head Economist

Personal Profile


Jakob is co-founder, executive director and head economist of ZOE. He makes use of his economic expertise to consult the European Commission, the European Parliament, national and local governments on their way to build just and sustainable economies. With over 10 years of experience as a facilitator of co-creative processes, moderator of workshops, and as an intervention design strategist he co-creates roadmaps for objective-driven political intervention strategies in participatory policy design processes.


Jakob Hafele studied economics at the University of Heidelberg and international development at the University of Vienna. In the past he has worked as an industrial policy expert for the UN, GIZ and national governments, for the Network for Pluralism in Economics, of which he is co-founder, and for the Macroeconomic Policy Institute. In his work as an economics researcher at the University of Linz he focused on European Economic development.