Elias Sagmeister is a non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and an independent consultant. Previously, he was a director at Ground Truth Solutions, an international NGO that helps those affected by crisis to influence the design and implementation of humanitarian aid. His areas of expertise include humanitarian action, development cooperation and organizational development. In his PhD, he focused on the monitoring and evaluation of development and humanitarian projects.
In his six years with GPPi, Elias worked on the research project Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE), investigating how aid agencies in challenging contexts can strengthen accountability and learning. Before that, he completed an evaluation of partnerships between the International Committee of the Red Cross and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He was also a team member of the project Evaluation and Review of Humanitarian Access Strategies, commissioned by the European Commission. Other projects include advising the United Nations Development Programme on an evaluation of the UN Somalia Assistance Strategy.
Elias holds a PhD from the University of Münster. In 2009, he received a postgraduate certificate from the Centre for Advanced Training in International Development at Humboldt University in Berlin. He also studied international development and economic psychology at the University of Vienna.