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Practitioner seminar series | Regional Economic Cooperation and the Europeanization of Development Cooperation

Friday April 26, 2024, at 12:00
Room 24.019 (Ground floor). Mercè Rodoreda building 24. UPF Ciutadella

Xaver Keller (GIZ)

During the course of the academic year 2023/24 IBEI hosts a series of lectures by practitioners in the field of international relations and development.

The practitioner seminar series is intended to give IBEI students and attendees an opportunity to engage with international professionals about their personal work experience, the organizations they represent, and to learn about possible career trajectories in international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Each lecture will allow ample room for questions and inputs from the audience.

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26 April 2024 · 12:00

Regional Economic Cooperation and the Europeanization of Development Cooperation

Xaver Keller, Coordinator for Team Europe at GIZ

Xaver Keller is an expert on regional economic integration with a focus on trade and investment policy. Within the German development agency, GIZ, he advised and worked with various national and international institutions including the German government, the EU Commission, the African Union, several African governments, the WTO and several multilateral organizations. Following positions in HQ, Jordan, and Ethiopia, he is currently based at the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Secretariat in Barcelona as Coordinator of the Team Europe Initiative “Jobs through Trade and Investment in the Southern Neighbourhood”. This initiative is part of the EU Global Gateway strategy and combines the development support by the EU Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) under one joint umbrella. He holds degrees in Political Science and Economics from Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.