Dr. Christiane Bögemann-Hagedorn is a lawyer and has a Phd in social anthropology. She currently holds the post of Deputy Director General for North Africa, Middle East, South-Eastern and Eastern Europe and Latin America at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Since beginning her career with the Ministry in 1986 she has mainly focused on development policy strategy and development in Africa. As head of the Directorate for Civil Society and Private Sector from 2010 to 2014 she steered the shift in German development policy towards non-governmental actors, including private enterprises, and paved the way for promoting private sector and SME development, jobs and inclusive green growth to get greater prominence in the national and international development agendas (G 20). She gained on-the-ground experience through foreign postings lasting several years in Mexico and Sudan.