Stein Hansen

Stein Hansen


Key qualifications

Stein Hansen is an economist with 48 years of experience in the development sector from some 50 countries with particular experience and focus on the economics of poverty reduction, infrastructure, environment, natural resources, climate change and the linkages to governance. Hansen has held a number of positions within Norwegian and international environment and development research including a.o. as a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and of several expert working groups/task forces of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) . He has published several books and articles on these topics. Hansen is one of the founding Partners of NCG, conducting appraisals and evaluations, and providing strategic and managerial advice to governments, bilateral aid agencies and multilateral development finance institutions worldwide. Main recent assignments have been the 2015-2016 review of the eight innovative transport and climate change projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America funded by the Nordic Development Fund’s climate facility, and presenting the results to the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015, and subsequently at the African Development Bank and the World Bank. Has lectured widely for the past two years on his 2013 book on corruption and aid, and the 2015 book (co-authored with Per Øivind Bastøe) “New challenges and new roles – Development financing in the 21st century”.

Co-founding partner of NCG since 1983, Vice President of Norconsult AS 1978-1983, senior researcher at Harvard Institute for International Development (1975-78), Associate professor of economics at Molde Univeristy College (1971-1975), Researcher at the Institute of Transport Economics of Norway (1967 – 1971).




  • MSc in economics (econometrics) 1968, University of Oslo
  • Numerous courses in development economic-, environment- and public -related thematic and technical topics




Thematic experienceTechnical Experience
• Poverty and environment nexus • Project and programme formulation, including theory of change and LFA

• Inclusive growth

• Econometric analysis
• Climate change impact on infrastructure • Evaluation/appraisal/review techniques
• Transport, development and environment nexus • Project management and monitoring


Country experience

Scandinavia, All of OECD-Europe, Australia, USA, Canada, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Korea, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal




Language Reading Speaking Writing
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Norwegian Native Native Native
French Intermediate Basic Basic
Spanish Basic Basic -
German Intermediate Basic Basic