Thomas Lämmer-Gamp is Head of Unit “Economic Development” at Bergische Agency for Structural and Economic Development in the tri-city area of Remscheid, Solingen and Wuppertal in Germany. He is responsible for developing economic development strategies and projects to support the economic transformation of the region. Prior to his current position he served as Director of the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) and Head of Group at VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH in Berlin, Germany, from 2010 to early 2018. Being an expert for the development and implementation of public funding programs and development strategies, he has been working with regional and economic development policy topics for more than twenty years.
He started his career in 1999 at Betreuungsgesellschaft für Umweltfragen Dr. Poppe mbH where he was Deputy Head of the Euro Info Centre Kassel from 2002 – 2004. His area of work covered program advice for SME and policy advice to the European Commission. From 2003 to 2004 he was member of the Environment and Sustainable Development Working Group of the Euro Info Centre Network of the European Commission (DG Enterprise) in Brussels. Starting in January 2005 he continued his career as adviser for regional economic development programs at Rambøll Management Consulting, before he was hired by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour of the German Federal State of Saxony in August 2006 where he was responsible for the development and implementation of vocational training programs to support both education and economic development policies. From October 2008 to August 2010 he served as technical advisor for international cooperation and innovation policies as well as trainer for program development at the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa, based in Pretoria.