Leander’s field of expertise are Complementary Currencies and he manages the international Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) project for the Finance and Business Team. With CCIA, NEF – New Economic Foundation – aims to establish greater coherence in theory and practice across this fast developing field of socio-economic tools, support the dissemination and innovation of currency solutions in the public and third sector across Europe, develop an evaluation framework for Complementary and Community Currencies and provide support and training for existing and new currency initiatives. Leander holds a master’s degree in Neurobiology (Diplom Biologe) and a Master of Arts (Magister Artium) in Philosophy and Business from the University of Freiburg in Germany, his country of origin. Prior to joining NEF in July 2012 he has worked as a freelance consultant in many European countries and the Americas, focusing on participatory processes, social entrepreneurship and primarily complementary currencies. Having lived and worked in all five corners of the world before moving to London to join NEF, Leander is still on the road a lot, meeting CCIA partners and currency aficionados across Europe and keenly exploring the pockets of wild outdoors across the British Isles.