Benedikt Speer has been professor of public management since 2010 and program director since 2011 at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS). He holds degrees in political science, public/european law and hispanic studies from the University of Heidelberg and in administrative sciences from the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. In the latter institution he also obtained a doctorate in State- and Economic Sciences. Mr. Speer has over 10 years of international project management experience. His main areas of expertise include the modernization of public administration, Europeanisation processes in public administration, Common Assessment Framework projects in Austria as well as the comparative study of (local) public administrations. His current/recent research activities include e.g. KoWiSt (Erasmus+): Impact oriented steering models for small and medium sized municipalities; Monev-Sys (regional): Monitoring and Evaluation System for Industrial Installation Authorisations; Next4PA (Lifelong Learning Programme): Creativity and Innovation for Public Administration; Bench-PA (Interreg IV Italy-Austria): Transfrontier Web-based Benchmarking- and Benchlearning-System. Mr. Speer is member of various Austrian and international administrative science associations as well as author and co-author of numerous publications in the field of the modernization of public administrations.