Dr. Dirk Ahner, economist, visiting professor to the European Interdisciplinary Studies Department (Natolin (Warsaw) Campus).

Former Director General of the European Commission for European regional and urban development; before that Deputy Director General for rural development;

Special adviser to the European Commissioner for regional and urban development;

Visiting professor at the European Policy Research Centre (EPRC) at Strathclyde University (Glasgow);

President of the Institute for Small and medium sized enterprises (Institut für den Mittelstand – IFM, Berlin);

Vice-president of the Regional Studies Association;

Member of the editing board of the EStIF Review on the European Structural and Investment Funds;

Member of the advisory committee to the Association of European cross-border regions.

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