Stefan Kratzsch has been working for almost 15 years for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in areas of investment promotion and private sector development. He is employed as an Industrial Development Officer in the Investment Promotion Division of UNIDO’s Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII). He was part of the UNIDO team designing and implementing UNIDO’s African Investment Promotion Agency Network (AfrIPANet) Programme. As an integral part of this Programme, large-scale firm-level FDI surveys have been organized in 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa which formed the basis of a series of UNIDO Africa Investor Survey Reports and ensuing capacity building assistance to a large number of African Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs). He also oversees the global Network of UNIDO Subcontracting and Partnership Exchange Centres (SPX) whose aim is to provide a permanent platform to link FDI subsidiaries to viable and promising local suppliers in developing countries. He has successfully concluded large-scale investment promotion programmes in Iraq, Viet Nam and South Africa. Currently, he manages UNIDO projects in Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia, Iran, Mozambique, and the United Republic of Tanzania and is about to start a major regional investment promotion programme for ACP (Africa−Caribbean−Pacific) countries in cooperation with the World Bank Group and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Stefan Kratzsch is holder of a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany and holder of a PhD from the University of Leipzig, Germany. In April 2018, he has published his PhD Thesis as a book on “Forms and performance of foreign direct investment in Sub-Saharan Africa”.