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

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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!

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45 results:
The Great Sustainability Transformation and Mesopartner's role  
The global fossil fuel-based economic growth and the mass consumption model has pushed us to the edge of planetary boundaries. The concept of planetary boundaries was developed by world-class scientists and Nobel laureates in 2009 (Rockström et al., 2009). The concept builds on…  
Case Study: Made in Saerbeck  
“Made in Saerbeck” and not “Made in Germany” was a brand used by two companies involved in supplying renewable energy products in Germany to demonstrate their local heritage. Saerbeck is a German village of 7,500 inhabitants located in Germany's largest region, North…  
Connect the dots: Promoting sustainable development beyond project work  
In 2010, “Connect the dots” became the new strapline of Mesopartner. During the last 10 years we have tried through our support to create linkages between human beings, support organizations and government bodies responsible for and interested in economic development. We are…  
Smart cities and smart rural areas: Digitisation is not the first priority  
What constitutes the "smart" element of a space or a place? We argue that “smart” does not equal digitisation. But if "smart" is not necessarily associated with digital solutions, what does it mean then?  
SDGs: Requirements for a more innovative and interdisciplinary promotion approach at the local level  
In 2016, all 193 UN member states signed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also named “Transformation Agenda 2030”. In contrast to its forerunner, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs not only focus on providing targets for developing countries but also…  
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