Dr Christoph Beier was born near Munich in 1962. He studied geography, politics, ethnology and agriculture at the Technical University of Munich. His dissertation on Regional Planning Approaches in the People’s Republic of China was awarded the Developing Countries Prize by KfW Development Bank and Justus Liebig University Giessen. Dr Beier began his professional career in 1989 in Saarland, Germany, where he worked for a business promotion agency and then for the Ministry of Economics as desk officer responsible for European policy and regional development programmes. Following this and until 1996, he worked as research and teaching assistant to the chair for economics and social geography at Ruhr-University Bochum. His doctoral thesis on Decentralisation in Indonesia earned him the Ruth Massenberg prize for the University’s best dissertation in 1995.
Christoph Beier subsequently spent two years in Indonesia on behalf of the former Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), advising the Ministry of the Interior on decentralisation issues. After two further years at Ruhr-University Bochum, in 2000, Dr Beier returned to GTZ as Director General of the Planning and Development Department. In 2003, he became Head of GTZ’s Mediterranean, Europe and Central Asia Department as well as the ‘German Public Sector Clients’ business sector. In 2007 he assumed responsibility for the Asia/Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean Department. In 2010, Christoph Beier was appointed to the GTZ Management Board and in 2011 he became Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board.
Christoph Beier has written numerous articles and publications on development policy issues. He also holds a number of honorary posts and is a member of the Senate of the National Academy of Science and Technology (acatech) as well as of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at Ruhr-University Bochum and the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval). He was appointed a key expert on ‘Germany in the Eyes of the World’ by the German Chancellor as part of her 2011-2012 Dialogue on Germany’s Future and in 2014, by the Bertelsmann Foundation, to the Board of the Bertelsmann Transformation Management Index.