Prof. Ederer is a scientific entrepreneur and an entrepreneurial scientist. As a scientist in strategic management, he researches, publishes and teaches on the links between innovation, human capital and economic growth. As entrepreneur in his company Africa Enablers, his commercial focus is on creating sustainable and cost effective energy solutions for the African continent.
In science, Prof. Ederer has researched extensively on strategic choices arising from innovation, human capital formation and economic growth. At Innovation and Growth Academy and Zeppelin University he is director of the HUGIN Center and has conducted research projects and executive teaching assignments on innovation and growth since 1998. From 2012 to 2015 he was project director of the EU-funded LLLight’in’Europe research project, leading a consortium of eight globally leading research universities on Lifelong Learning, Innovation, Growth and Human Capital Tracks. This project follows four widely disseminated policy briefs on human capital and university systems for the Brussels-based think tank Lisbon Council, while he was the Director for its Human Capital Centre there. Until 2013 he held the post of scientific director for EFAS at Dutch Wageningen University. His analyses are frequently consulted by business leaders and senior policy makers.
Prof. Ederer has conducted business in Africa since 2005. With his business partnership of Africa Enablers he maintains an extensive network of business associates in Africa, maintains an office in Addis Ababa. Africa Enablers business is built on Ederer’s more than 20 years of experience in financing and managing technology-rich projects around the world. He started his career as a financial trader at Deutsche Bank in Japan in 1989, where he developed arbitrages for interest-rate derivatives and money-market instruments. Later on he worked for four years in the German office of McKinsey & Company, specializing in technology management, innovation and the energy industry. His company Innovation and Growth Academy has a distinguished track record for business innovation and growth projects.
Prof. Ederer studied business administration at Sophia University in Tokyo and at Harvard Business School in Boston. He completed his PhD at the University of Witten Herdecke in Germany, on the subject of the financial relationship between the state and its citizens.
Prof. Ederer is the Director of HUGIN Center at Zeppelin University, Vorstand of the not-for-profit Deutschland Denken !, principal partner of Africa Enablers and owner of the Innovation and Growth Academy.