Jan Moellmann pursues the doctorate at the Chair of Corporate Sustainability to gain expertise in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship in order to better understand entrepreneurial solutions for global social and environmental challenges. Some of the most pressing of such challenges are in sub-Saharan Africa.

Focusing on micro-entrepreneurship in this region is an attempt for deeper insight into a phenomenon that is under-researched and part of the solution for a self-determined and sustainable development in the Global South generally, and sub-Saharan Africa specifically. As an external PhD student, he is simultaneously working at the sustainable start up Africa GreenTec as a director for market intelligence. This gives him a unique access to the research field in rural areas in Mali.

Current projects:

Antecedents and outcomes of micro-entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa; growth of necessity enterprises; growth aspirations of necessity entrepreneurs; impact of electricity on micro-entrepreneurship; well-being and micro-entrepreneurship

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Leer, Germany
2013-2016: Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
B.Sc. Engineering Management
Focus: Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Organizational Behavior & Leadership
2017-2018: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
M.Sc. Industrial Engineering
Focus: Sustainable Systems Engineering, Operations Research
2016-2019: Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
M.Sc. Engineering Management
Focus: Sustainable Manufacturing & Supply Chain Systems, Organizational Behavior & Leadership
Since 10/2019 Technical University of Munich, Germany
TUM School of Management, Chair of Corporate Sustainability
Ph.D. Management

Professional Experience

10/2018 - present
Director, Market Intelligence & Research, Hainburg (Frankfurt am Main), Germany
Africa GreenTec AG
01/2018 – 08/2018 Graduate Research Assistant (for Prof. Dr. Valerie Thomas), Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Georgia Institute of Technology: Institute for Sustainable Systems Engineering
11/2016 – 06/2017 Student Assistant, Braunschweig, Germany
Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production
Chair of Production and Logistics
08/2016 – 10/2016 Internship in Production Planning, Wolfsburg, Germany
Volkswagen AG
08/2015 – 06/2016
Internship and Part-time Job on voluntary basis in Sales and Marketing, Frankfurt, Germany
bettervest GmbH

Awards & Grants

German Association of Engineers (VDI):
Award for the best bachelor’s degree in engineering management at TU Braunschweig
08/2017 – present
Fulbright Scholarship

Areas of interest

- Antecedents and outcomes of micro-entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa

- Growth of necessity enterprises

- Growth aspirations of necessity entrepreneurs

- Impact of electricity on micro-entrepreneurship

- Well-being and micro-entrepreneurship

- Sustainable Entrepreneurship: impact measurement and practical implications


Tel:      +49.176.47302980

E-Mail:  jm@africagreentec.com