Main fields of expertise

  • Promotion of local innovation systems in rural and urban areas
  • Promotion of smart city and smart rural area concepts involving digitalisation aspects
  • Learning from and with Germany: Knowledge Transfer from insights of innovative approaches in the German eco-system via study tours, visits and research papers
  • Local economic development promotion
  • Cluster and value chain promotion
  • Promotion of innovative support instruments like innovation hubs, coworking spaces and research labs

Further information about my work and thoughts can be found in my personal blog or on other event blogs or product websites I created. See:

Working experience

Since 2004: partner in Mesopartner
2016 & 2017: Lecturer at Jacobs-University Bremen on Development Economics and Innovation Economics
2007-present: Lecturer at SEPT Master Course from the University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Hanoi and Ho-Chi-Minh-City on the topic of Regional Competitiveness
2003-2004 Private sector development specialist at GTZ headquarters, special focus on Latin America and South-eastern Europe
2001-2003 Junior professional in GTZ private sector development programme in Honduras
1999-2001 Researcher in joint INEF/IDS local cluster and global value chain project, Institute for Development and Peace, University of Duisburg

I am a founder and board member of the Structural Policy Foundation NRW, a network of economic promotion experts from the German Region of Northrhine-Westfalia who are interested in exchanging their experiences and organising interesting events.

Personal background

Born 1968. MA in social science with a specialisation in economics (Duisburg 1999)

Based in Bremen and Elte, Germany

  • I was born in 1968 in Elte, a lovely village in West Germany located in the Region of Muensterland
  • I always wanted to understand the driving forces of economic and social development in different regions, and the creative factors and pitfalls behind them
  • I wanted to get to know other realities outside my village. It provided me with different insights and new perspectives on how to see the world and my work
  • It became clear to me that sustainable economic and social growth is the basis for individual and societal satisfaction, creativity, and progress
  • After my scientific career, it became clear to me that I wanted to work with and learn from people with different and international experience
  • I realised that the experiences of private sector promotion in less-developed regions in the world are very rich. Many donor organisations active in this field face the challenge of promoting economic initiatives in weaker markets under the constraints of low budgets and high political justification. Constraints can lead to innovation. They have led in many cases to a treasure trove of impact-oriented business development experience, market-driven network initiatives, didactical tools and participatory monitoring procedures. Some of these learning experiences can contribute to innovative ways of promoting local economies also in industrialised countries
  • I love to experiment with, develop and implement new initiatives for economic development in conjunction with German and international colleagues
  • "Think global, act local" is quite a superficial phrase, but for me it became a way of life and work
  • I like my way of working, and will localize it further within Germany and the EU in the near future
  • That’s why I am also looking forward to living in the countryside again: to be well grounded in a root-based social and working environment!
Economic Cooperation between German and Lebanese Municipalities  
Economic Cooperation between German and Lebanese Municipalities Frank Waeltring of Mesopartner co-organised and facilitated a Local Economic Development (LED) Workshop with LED practitioners from German and Lebanese cities and districts. The workshop is only one among many…  
Milestones in a process of innovation, change and development  
This anthology brings together a large variety of articles and comments by development scholars and practitioners from all over the world.  
Knowledge, Technologies and Innovation for Development in the Agenda 2030: Revisiting Germany's Contribution  
A discussion paper by Dr Shawn Cunningham & Frank Waeltring was commissioned by the GIZ Sector project “Development Orientated Trade and Investment Policy and Promotion” on behalf of the BMZ.
We would love to hear your feedback on this discussion paper. It provided us…
 
“Smartes Land”: Promotion of interdisciplinary innovation approaches in rural areas in the European Union and beyond  
‘Smartes Land’ is the heading under which Mesopartner started to reflect on how to promote innovation orientation in rural areas in the European Union (EU) through multidisciplinary innovation promotion approaches.  
Returning to basic principles: Common denominators of the Mesopartner and the EU smart specialization approaches  
Common denominators between the Mesopartner philosophy and the smart specialisation logic  
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