Peer Ederer

Expert Europe
Human capital, innovation, and growth

Prof. Dr. Ederer is an entrepreneur and scientist. As a scientist, he teaches, researches, and publishes on the link between human capital formation, learning, economic growth, and innovation, with particular emphasis on the global food and agribusiness industry. As entrepreneur in his company africa enablers GmbH, his commercial focus is on creating sustainable and cost-effective project finance solutions for countries across the African continent.

In science, Peer has demonstrated the link between human capital, economic growth, and innovation with business case studies and empirical analyses for individuals, businesses, and regions. He is director of the Global Food and AgribusinessNetwork ( The network provides a platform for senior decision makers in the food and agribusiness industry to define their future strategies and perspectives on opportunities and challenges in their industry. At Zeppelin University, Peer is director of the HUGIN Center, and has conducted research projects and executive teaching assignments on innovation and growth since 2004. Between 2012 and 2016, he was project director of the EU-funded LLLight’in’Europe research project, heading a consortium of eight world-leading research universities on lifelong learning, innovation, growth, and human capital tracks ( His analyses are frequently consulted by business leaders and senior policy makers at all levels of government.

Peer studied business administration at Sophia University in Tokyo and at Harvard Business School. He completed his PhD at the University of Witten Herdecke in Germany, and began his career as a financial trader at Deutsche Bank, followed by 5 years at McKinsey.