Dr. Valentin Seidler, MBA

Development specialist

I have worked many years in international development aid. I have experience in the concrete implementation and evaluation of development cooperation projects in Africa, Asia and Central Europe.

I represented the Austrian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the EU Commission in Brussels – among others advocating for a more transparent and targeted use of third party funding.

Academic research

My academic career started in 2011, when I received my PhD at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). My research program explores why some nations have become wealthy and politically influential while others have not.

In recent years I have become interested in new and innovative approaches to development cooperation. All too often we find that a lack of market structures and weak administrative capacities hamper the successful implementation of projects.