Previously, Gerd has been the acting Director (July 2016 to April 2017) and Deputy Director (since July 2013) of the Regional Service Centre for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In 2012/2013, he led the change management processes underpinning the relocation of the previous sub-regional office from South Africa to Ethiopia. Prior to this, he served as Director a.i. (2011) and Deputy Director (2005-2010) for Resources Mobilization in New York as well as with the UNV programme in various programme and management functions (1995-2004).
Before joining the UN, he headed the office of the Spokesperson for Development Policy of the Liberal Parliamentary Group in the German Parliament (1992-1994). Gerd studied in Germany, Viet Nam and the UK. He holds a Master’s degree in Southeast Asia Studies, Law and Economics.