Sven originally qualified with an Economics degree at Trinity College Dublin and on completion joined a UK multinational and was trained in the development and manufacture of a variety of surface coatings.
After originally working in the UK, he then worked as an expatriate in Africa and the Far East before he returned to the UK and started his own manufacturing business specialising in the production of screen printing ink. . He sold this business after eighteen years and undertook an MSc in Real Estate at Nottingham Trent University which he completed in 2010.
After completing a M.Res. in Energy Demand Studies in 2012, Sven completed his PhD project entitled “Reducing residential sector dependence on fossil fuels: a study of motivating factors” in 2015.