Christian has over 26 years experience in Local and Regional Economy Development, Value Chain Development and improving business enabling environment. He has been involved in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating economic development projects in Europe, Africa and Asia for various development organisations and donors. Christian has worked as intermittent team leader of different development programs in Vietnam and has built capacity of international and national consultants, national project staff and counterparts all over Southeast Asia during the last 16 years. Christian has been engaged in economic development work in Myanmar since five years, particularly in the areas of market system development and value chain promotion in the tourism sector plus upgrading the quality infrastructure. 

Main fields of expertise

  • Local and regional economic development
  • Value chain and cluster development
  • Business/investment climate surveys and competitiveness rankings
  • Pro-poor approaches to economic development
  • Green economic development
  • Program and project evaluations
  • Quality Infrastructure
  • Market Systems Development

Working experience

2003 Founding partner of Mesopartner
2002-2003 Freelance consultant
2001-2002 Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V., Jakarta (Indonesia), PERISKOP project coordinator and senior consultant 
1999-2000 Fraunhofer Management GmbH, Munich (Germany), senior consultant 
1992-1999 Dorsch Consult Ingenieurgesellschft mbH, Munich (Germany), consultant 

Working experience in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Personal background

Born 1965, MA in economics (Munich 1991)

Christian is based in Hanoi, Vietnam since 2008

You can reach me via E-Mail and request a CV.

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Tourism and LED in Da Nang, Vietnam  
Christian Schoen (Mesopartner) and Jonathan Mitchell (Overseas Development Institute) talk about their efforts to promote tourism through local economic development activities in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang.  
Concept 5: One stop shops  
Christian Schoen interviews David Walke on the subject of business registration. David explains the do's and don'ts in the introduction of one stop shops.  
Case 16: The Provincial Competitiveness Index in Vietnam  
Edmund Malesky and Christian Schoen discuss the conceptual foundation and the impact of the PCI, an exercise that has been running in Vietnam for some years, unleashing significant sub-national government efforts to create a more business-friendly environment.  
Case 02: Regional Economic Development in Central Java (gtz RED)  
Hayder Al-Bagdadi, Atjeng Kadaryana and Christian Schoen discuss the achievements and learning processes in the Regional Economic Development Programme [gtz-RED] in Central Java, Indonesia.  
Case 05: Starting LED in a marble sculpture cluster in Vietnam  
Shawn Cunningham and Christian Schoen share insights from a PACA Exercise in the Marble Mountain cluster close to Da Nang, Vietnam. In particular, they discuss how slightly shady business practices impact on LED.  
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