Short Profileis director of the agency "Competence Networks Germany" as well as the head of department International Technology Cooperation & Cluster within VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik. As manager of the agency, he is responsible for the coordination and support of currently 120 German Competence Networks www.kompetenznetze.de Furthermore he is responsible for several national and international programs dealing with innovation and technology development as well as transfer. In the past he was very much involved in initia-tives aiming to improve the quality and impact assessment of public funded R&D projects. His expertise is a result out of the Management of European projects stimulating transnational R&D and Innovation related activities. As an advisor of various Policy and Decision Makers inside and outside Europe in Innovation and Cluster Policy issues he has a broad network of reliable partners.