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Holger Kuhle, seconded from GIZ, the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, is working as manager within the SDSN office in Paris. He has served as component manager within the GIZ-Program for the “Support of Entrepreneurship and Innovation” in Tunisia and before as adviser for Local Economic Development within the “GIZ-Urban Development Programme in Syria” in the city of Aleppo. Within his previous engagement at the public bank for SME promotion and infrastructure in Berlin, his main tasks were to propose and conduct prospective studies, to manage pilot projects and product development in the field of urban economic development, at European, regional and local (cross-border) levels. Here he has been involved in innovative projects supported by the European Commission: the exchange of best practices and development of tools to foster technology transfer as well as microcredit in depressed urban and rural areas, methods to promote employment at local level, approaches to create cross-border regions and clusters of innovation. Holger holds a PhD in Social Sciences with focus on regional and urban development from Humboldt-University and a first degree in Political Sciences from Free University Berlin.