Dr. Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke is a process consultant and international expert in the field of international development cooperation. With more than 25 years of consulting experience, he is active in all phases of a project and program development (preparation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) and collaborates with various implementing organizations and development banks (German Development Cooperation - GIZ and PTB -, Inter-American Development Bank, European Union). He has consulting experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Dr. Harmes-Liedtke is an experienced facilitator and process consultant. He works with groups and teams to reflect on their situation and to then formulate change projects to improve their reality. He enables dialogue, facilitates and designs workshops, processes, and sense-making processes. He is certified in facilitation, mediation, and communication techniques which allow him to deal with sensitive, diverse, and even conflict situations.

He supports systemic economic development in various roles:

  • As an expert and trainer in territorial upgrading, clusters, value chains, and quality infrastructure
  • As a process consultant in designing and leading diagnostic processes that result in change, adaptation, and improvement
  • As a facilitator of dialogue, workshops, training, and sense-making processes
  • As a transdisciplinary researcher in the field of systemic economic development

Central areas of Dr. Harmes-Liedtke's consulting, support, and research are:

Demand-oriented development of the National Quality Infrastructure

Dr. Harmes-Liedtke advises National Metrology Institutes, National Standard and Accreditation Organizations as well as International Quality Infrastructure Organizations (e.g., Quality Infrastructure Council of the Americas QICA and the CARICOM Organization for Standards and Quality CROSQ) on strategic issues and projects. He is one of the trusted strategic key advisors and consultants of the International Cooperation of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Germany.

He regularly leads teams of experts advising governments on the development and implementation of National Quality Policies. He was the lead developer of CALIDENA, the participatory diagnostic instrument for determining quality service requirements in value chains that were developed by PTB and Mesopartner. He developed training material and has trained CALIDENA experts worldwide in the analysis of the demand for quality services.

As a researcher, Dr. Harmes-Liedtke does social science and economic research on the importance of quality infrastructure for the economic development and competitiveness of national economies. He asks how new research fields, such as economic complexity, affect the growth path of quality infrastructure. He is co-developer of the Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII) and involved in various application-oriented research projects.

Promotion of Territorial Economic Development in Developing and Emerging Countries

Dr. Harmes-Liedtke has many years of experience in empowering leaders and stakeholders to promote local economic development independently and collaboratively. He supports industrial clusters and regional development agencies. He regularly uses different Mesopartner methods (PACA, COMPASS, Hexagon, etc.), and is actively involved in developing new methodological approaches. As a lecturer at universities and as a trainer, he regularly builds the capacity of development practitioners in the field of regional economic development.

Support for international learning and exchange of experience

Dr. Harmes-Liedtke has organized and accompanied various study tours from developing and emerging countries to Germany. The participants got to know inspiring practices from different local innovation ecosystems. He directed comparative studies or was involved in them as an author. Dr. Harmes-Liedtke brings his intercultural and linguistic experiences (English, Spanish, and German) to the international learning transfer.

Main fields of expertise

Working experience

2003: Founding partner of Mesopartner
1997-2002: ISA Consult GmbH, Bochum (Germany), senior consultant
1996-1997: Foundation CIREM, Barcelona (Spain), junior consultant
1991-1994: the University of Bremen, a research project on regional development in Europe, researcher

Editor of Spanish version PACA Newsletter and host of RadioDEL Podcast. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal DeTe (Development and Territory)

Work experience in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay), the Caribbean (Belize, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago), Africa (Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda), Asia (Georgia, Kirgizia and Nepal), Europe (Germany and Spain).

Personal background

Born 1965, Ph.D. in political science and economics (Bremen 1999), MA in economics (Hamburg 1991).

Ulrich lives in Germany.

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The meta level of greening territorial economies in times of climate change  
The transformation to a green economy is more than a purely technical issue. It requires a shift in the mindset of people in very different societies around the globe  
Developing a territorial economy: what do we need to get right?  
Whenever territorial authorities or an external development organisation or both in cooperation embark on an attempt to strengthen a local economy, some essential questions need to be answered immediately, with a series of follow-up questions along the way.  
The future relevance of good and best practices  
Today development practitioners recognise the increasing complexity in their field of work and accept that there are no simple one-size-fits-all solutions. Nobody questions the assertion that context matters.  
Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2014  
Mesopartner dedicates this Annual Reflection entirely to complexity thinking and its practical implication for our work on economic development. Eight articles in this publication address this new paradigm and try to explore it further from different angles.  
Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2016  
We have dedicated our annual flagship publication to a topic that is high on the development agenda and which will increasingly gain more relevance and importance, namely green economic development.  
Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2017  
We deliberate on the significance and relevance of the meso level and meso policy options as a vehicle and lever for stimulating economic activities and strengthening enterprises at the micro level. We particularly focus our considerations on the role and importance of meso…  
Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2018  
In this annual reflection the reader will find discussions on the roles and relevance of meso organisations in the context of specific concepts, tools and insights from the research and practical experience of Mesopartner. We are using the opportunity to introduce some of our…  
LED at the ILO  
Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke of Mesopartner, interviews Martin Gasser of the ILO's International Training Center about the ILO's approach to LED.  
A conversation with Jorg Meyer-Stamer, part 2  
Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke and Frank Waeltring interview Jorg Meyer-Stamer on the second part of his career, working as an advisor and trainer and founding Mesopartner. This is the second of two LEDcasts which come as a companion to a book that Ulrich and Frank edited on the occasion…  
A conversation with Jorg Meyer-Stamer, part 1  
Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke and Frank Waeltring interview Jorg Meyer-Stamer on the first part of his career, when he was working in academia and policy research. This is the first of two LEDcasts which come as a companion to a book that Ulrich and Frank edited on the occasion of…  
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