Dr. Nicolas Echarti
Nicolas Echarti was born on February 18th, 1989 in Mainz, Germany. He grew up in a small town near Darmstadt, Germany, where he attended high school from 2000 to 2008. After an exchange year in the USA, he obtained the German Abitur in 2008. Before entering university, Nicolas took a gap year to do voluntary work in the social sector. He then moved to Maastricht and obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Economic Studies at the School of Business and Economics of Maastricht University, the Netherlands (2012), and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Human Development at UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance (2013). During his bachelor’s degree, he spent one semester abroad at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. After his master’s degree, Nicolas moved to Bonn, Germany to do an internship at the social protection department of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). In 2014, he started working for the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) on a research project about the economic returns of work reintegration measures. In the same year, he also started his PhD program in Governance and Policy Analysis at UNU-MERIT, combining his work for the DGUV with obtaining a PhD degree. During his three-year project work for DGUV, Nicolas was invited to speak at several conferences, including the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2017. In 2018, he joined the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS) for a curriculum evaluation and development project and to teach an undergraduate course in applied econometrics.