Short Bio: Leander Bindewald

Leander’s field of expertise are complementary currencies. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Lancaster. From 2012 to 2015, he managed the international EU Interreg project “Community Currencies in Action” ( for the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in London. CCIA aimed to enhance the research and practice across this fast developing field of socio-economic tools, supporting the dissemination and innovation of currency solutions in the public and third sector across Europe, develop an evaluation framework for the socio-economic impact of currencies innovations and provide support and training for existing and new currency initiatives.

Leander also holds a master’s degree in Neurobiology (Diplombiologe), a Master of Arts (Magister Artium) in Philosophy and Business – both from the University of Freiburg in Germany, his country of origin – and an abiding hands-on love for lush gardens and forests. He has lived in all five corners of the globe and worked as a freelance consultant in many European countries, Asia and the Americas, focusing on participatory processes, monetary education and currency design.

Short CV for download here.