Therese Karger-Lerchl

Engagement Manager

Therese is a Senior Economist working in Cities and Infrastructure. She is an experienced economist with expertise in infrastructure planning and financing, economic impact assessments and policy analysis. Therese’s work covers the development of strategic infrastructure plans that support well-defined economic visions, promoting climate and disaster resilience by understanding long-term trade-offs and incorporating ecosystems and natural capital into the infrastructure mix, and developing feasible options to finance infrastructure investments from public and private sources. Therese regularly manages commissions for public and private clients. She has delivered several high profile projects: the economic analysis supporting Peru’s first National Infrastructure Plan; reviewing best practice for upstream resilient infrastructure management across Asia-Pacific; and the development of Greenkeeper, an urban greenspace valuation tool aimed at improving urban greenspace provision and enhancing health and wellbeing outcomes for residents.

Prior to joining Vivid, Therese was a Consultant at the Open Data Institute, where she helped cities design strategies for data and digital infrastructure. As a Senior Economist at the South African National Treasury, she led on developing a sustainable framework for infrastructure financing in South African cities. She also worked at KPMG and GIZ, where she focused on public sector advisory and joining up economic research across emerging economies.

Therese holds an MSc in International Trade, Finance and Development from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a BSc in Economics from Maastricht University.

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