Dr. Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke is a process consultant and international expert in the field of international development cooperation. With more than 25 years of consulting experience, he is active in all phases of a project and program development (preparation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) and collaborates with various implementing organizations and development banks (German Development Cooperation - GIZ and PTB -, Inter-American Development Bank, European Union). He has consulting experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Dr. Harmes-Liedtke is an experienced facilitator and process consultant. He works with groups and teams to reflect on their situation and to then formulate change projects to improve their reality. He enables dialogue, facilitates and designs workshops, processes, and sense-making processes. He is certified in facilitation, mediation, and communication techniques which allow him to deal with sensitive, diverse, and even conflict situations.

He supports systemic economic development in various roles:

  • As an expert and trainer in territorial upgrading, clusters, value chains, and quality infrastructure
  • As a process consultant in designing and leading diagnostic processes that result in change, adaptation, and improvement
  • As a facilitator of dialogue, workshops, training, and sense-making processes
  • As a transdisciplinary researcher in the field of systemic economic development

Central areas of Dr. Harmes-Liedtke's consulting, support, and research are:

Demand-oriented development of the National Quality Infrastructure

Dr. Harmes-Liedtke advises National Metrology Institutes, National Standard and Accreditation Organizations as well as International Quality Infrastructure Organizations (e.g., Quality Infrastructure Council of the Americas QICA and the CARICOM Organization for Standards and Quality CROSQ) on strategic issues and projects. He is one of the trusted strategic key advisors and consultants of the International Cooperation of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Germany.

He regularly leads teams of experts advising governments on the development and implementation of National Quality Policies. He was the lead developer of CALIDENA, the participatory diagnostic instrument for determining quality service requirements in value chains that were developed by PTB and Mesopartner. He developed training material and has trained CALIDENA experts worldwide in the analysis of the demand for quality services.

As a researcher, Dr. Harmes-Liedtke does social science and economic research on the importance of quality infrastructure for the economic development and competitiveness of national economies. He asks how new research fields, such as economic complexity, affect the growth path of quality infrastructure. He is co-developer of the Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII) and involved in various application-oriented research projects.

Promotion of Territorial Economic Development in Developing and Emerging Countries

Dr. Harmes-Liedtke has many years of experience in empowering leaders and stakeholders to promote local economic development independently and collaboratively. He supports industrial clusters and regional development agencies. He regularly uses different Mesopartner methods (PACA, COMPASS, Hexagon, etc.), and is actively involved in developing new methodological approaches. As a lecturer at universities and as a trainer, he regularly builds the capacity of development practitioners in the field of regional economic development.

Support for international learning and exchange of experience

Dr. Harmes-Liedtke has organized and accompanied various study tours from developing and emerging countries to Germany. The participants got to know inspiring practices from different local innovation ecosystems. He directed comparative studies or was involved in them as an author. Dr. Harmes-Liedtke brings his intercultural and linguistic experiences (English, Spanish, and German) to the international learning transfer.

Main fields of expertise

  • Quality Infrastructure for Development
  • Territorial economic development
  • Cluster management and value chain promotion
  • Industrial Policy
  • Green Economy
  • Coaching and methodology development

Working experience

2003: Founding partner of Mesopartner
1997-2002: ISA Consult GmbH, Bochum (Germany), senior consultant
1996-1997: Foundation CIREM, Barcelona (Spain), junior consultant
1991-1994: the University of Bremen, a research project on regional development in Europe, researcher

Editor of Spanish version PACA Newsletter and host of RadioDEL Podcast. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal DeTe (Development and Territory)

Work experience in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay), the Caribbean (Belize, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago), Africa (Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda), Asia (Georgia, Kirgizia and Nepal), Europe (Germany and Spain).

Personal background

Born 1965, Ph.D. in political science and economics (Bremen 1999), MA in economics (Hamburg 1991).

Ulrich lives in Chascomús, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.

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Responding to the geography of discontent  
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Regional Planning at the London School of Economics (LSE), has recently contributed to the public debate on the connection between populism and regions (Rodríguez-Pose, 2018). His studies show a strong correlation between electoral behaviour…  
Twenty years of PACA – Retrospective reflections and opportunities for renewal  
Twenty years ago, Dr Jörg Meyer-Stamer started writing the zero-draft manual of the rapid participatory approach under the title of Participatory Appraisal of Competitive Advantage (PACA) at an airport in southern Brazil. Some days earlier, he had designed and facilitated the…  
The beauty of circular value chains  
Both the value chain and the circular economy concept have their unique attractiveness. In the 2016 Annual Reflection we published the article From value chains to circular economic systems (Cunningham, Jenal & Harmes-Liedtke, 2016), where we argue that value chains often…  
Mesopartner celebrates World Environment Day  
Mesopartner celebrates World Environment Day The 5th of June is World Environment Day. This year's World Environment Day will focus on the fight against air pollution, see #beatairpollution. In Latin America and the Caribbean, as in other regions of the world, there is a…  
Mesopartner joined the 21st Global Conference of the TCI-Network in Toronto  
Mesopartner joined the 21st Global Conference of the TCI-Network in Toronto This year Mesopartner ( Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke) again joined the Annual gathering of the global cluster community. On this occasion, the TCI-Network Global Conference took place in Canada’s largest city,…  
Quality policy in Caribbean countries  
Quality policy in Caribbean countries Mesopartner has won a tender from the Caribbean Development Bank to advise on the development of a quality policy in three CARICOM member countries. Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada and Suriname were selected. Each country has its own…  
Milestones in a process of innovation, change and development  
This anthology brings together a large variety of articles and comments by development scholars and practitioners from all over the world.  
Creation of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) in Peru  
Creation of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) in Peru Over the past decade, Peru has been one of the region’s fastest-growing economies, with an average growth rate 5.9 % in a context of low inflation (averaging 2.9 %). But currently, GDP growth is slowing down, which has…  
Mesopartner Working Paper 09  
Benchmarking Territorial 
Competitiveness. Competitiveness is a concept and a reality that is rapidly spreading throughout the world. Market logic is an increasingly widespread principle that affects not only all kinds of companies but also territories, whether they are cities,…  
Mesopartner Working Paper 08  
How to Promote Clusters. Clusters are defined as a territorial agglomeration of closely related industries. Clusters mostly emerge due to historical coincidence. A typical sequence would go like this: Some person starts a garment operation. As the founder is competent and the…  
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