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Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiter

former head of BMZ unit 325 (Regional Development Policies; Middle East)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiter, former head of BMZ unit 325 (Regional Development Policies; Middle East), zu Gast bei f.ize | Forum Internationale Zusammenarbeit für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Professional Experience:

08/2007 – to day lecturer at Humboldt University of Berlin, (International Agricultural Trade and Development); also: Advisor to Middle East Department, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

07/2003 - 07/2007 Director, regional development policy, Middle East, BMZ Bonn

01/2001.- 06/2003 Director, United Nations division, BMZ, Bonn (included responsibility for aid-related German UN budget, German representative on UNDP and UNFPA Boards in New York/Geneva)

08/1996 - 11/2000 Director of the minister’s office for cabinet and parliamentary affairs (BMZ), Bonn and Berlin

08/1973 - 07/1996 various positions in BMZ, including regional desk for Arab countries and general development policy affairs. During this time attachments to other development institutions, including:

11/1988 - 05/1993 Director of general policy and corporate strategy department, German Agency for Technical Cooperation, Eschborn, Germany

02/1985 - 07/1985 Desk officer, Arab countries, European Commission, Brussels

07/1976 - 12/1979 Team leader, German Advisory Team to the Ministry of Planning and Development, Sana’a, Yemen


03/1988 Ph.D. in Geography, University of Giessen, Germany

08/1972 - 05/1973 Participant, post graduate course, German Institute for Development, Berlin

04/1967 - 08/1972 studies in Engineering and Economy at the University of Hamburg, Germany (degree M.Sc.)

04/1966 - 03/1967 Internships (banking, wood processing industry) Germany

04/1953 - 03/1966 Primary and secondary school in Berlin, Germany

Academic Teaching Experience:

Since 1991 MSc- and PhD-seminars on international development, Humboldt-University Berlin (professor and resident lecturer since 2004)

06/1993 -12/1993 Visiting scholar, Center for International Studies, M.I.T., Cambridge/MA/USA

Since 1988 MSc-Seminars on international development, University of Giessen, Germany

Personal data:

Born May 1, 1947 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, married since 1976 to Manuela Malaszkiewicz-Weiter, 2 children.

Languages: German, English (excellent), French (good), Arabic (fair)

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