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"The fact that innovations are important and crucial for competitiveness is not new. It is, however, always impressive to experience how these innovations change our daily lives piece by piece."

Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker

iit Management
+49 30 310078-118

Focal areas of work

  • Cluster development and cluster policies (regional, national, EU)
  • Cluster management excellence
  • Regional innovation and economic development policies
  • Evaluation and impact assessment
  • Peer review of regional cluster and innovation policies
  • Innovation and competitiveness

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker earned his PhD in Materials Science in 1995 and joined VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH in 1999, where he currently acts as deputy general manager.

In 2009, he also became director general of the Institute for Innovation and Technology. In addition, he works as general manager of the ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg since October 2014.

Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker has led several cluster and innovation policy projects in different parts of the world, mainly in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has published extensively on innovation, evaluation, impact measurements and related policy issues. As a frequent guest lecturer he gave speeches at universities world-wide (e. g. Harvard Kennedy School, National University Singapore, University Budapest, Technical University Tripoli). He also functioned as one of the initiators of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative and the cluster benchmarking/labelling approach for cluster management excellence, which became an internationally recognised approach for cluster excellence.

Among others, he currently oversees the European Cluster Observatory project - a new flagship initiative by the EC that aims at fostering growth and competitiveness. In addition, he serves on several advisory boards, both on the national and international level (OECD, EU, member states etc.). Cluster and innovation policies, cluster management excellence, innovation and competitiveness as well as impact measurement of public support measures form his key topics of interest.

Since 2007, Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker has been one of the directors of the iit.


  • He teaches cluster management at the University for Applied Science at Kehl (Germany)


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