Robert Lukesch

8350 Fehring
Hirzenriegl 55

Tel: +43 31 55 – 51 08
Fax: +43 31 55 – 51 08 – 4
Mobil: +43 664 233 80 27

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Consultancy Specialization

  • Participatory planning and evaluation of sustainable regional development programmes
  • Research and policy advice in the fields of territorial cohesion and rural development in Europe
  • Strategy, network and knowledge development in enterprises, organisations and regions
  • Systemic management of development cooperation programmes
  • Training and coaching of decision makers


  • Agriculture and rural development at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna
  • Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Vienna
  • Political Science at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna (pg)
  • Systemic Consultancy of Enterprises and Organisations (Certified Management Consultant)
  • Coaching
  • NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) – Trainer according to the rules of the ÖDV-NLP


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese

Professional Experience

  • Start-up and management of a cooperative organic grocery in Vienna, 1981 − 1984
  • Management of a Rural Development Project in NW-Rwanda, 1984 − 1987, for the Austrian Development Cooperation
  • Independent researcher at the Austrian Ecology Institute in Vienna, 1988 − 1989
  • Local and regional development consultant with ÖAR Regional Consulting Ltd., 1989 – 199
  • Independent business, organisation and regional development consultant and coach as an associate partner of ÖAR Regional Consulting Ltd., since 1998

Reference Projects

  • Contributions to European civil society initiatives: Agricultural and Rural Convention/ARC: Download of the CLLD Declaration
  • Accompanying research for the German Pilot Programme for Rural Development: “Regionen Aktiv – Land gestaltet Zukunft.” For the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture, 2004 – 2006
  • Contributions to the following evaluations on behalf of the GD Agriculture of the European Commission: LEADER II ex post (2002/03) as team leader; LEADER+ mid-term (2005/06) and ex post (2009/10)  as well as Rural Development Programmes 07-13 ex ante (2007/08) as core team expert (for the ÖIR resp. Metis Ltd.)
  • Evaluation of the ICEP Framework Programme on promoting women entrepreneurs in East African and Central American countries (for the Austrian Development Cooperation, 2011)
  • Publishing, facilitating and providing expertise as a core team member of the European Helpdesk for the Evaluation of Rural Development Programmes (since 2008)
  • Training and management consulting according to “Capacity WORKS”, the systemic management model of the German International Cooperation (GIZ), in Africa and Asia (2008-2011)
  • Study on Resilient Regions, on behalf of the Austrian Federal Chancellery (2009/10); further public presentations on this topic (ongoing)
  • Expert in the team working for the development programme „Regional development in Northern Albania“ (on behalf of ADA; 2011-2014)
  • Study on systemic constellation work in local and regional development, on behalf of the Austrian Federal Chancellery (1993)
  • Co-author of a guide for systemic methods in local and regional development (jointly with Leo Baumfeld and Richard Hummelbrunner) for The Austrian Federal Chancellery, 2002
  • Methodological Development: Strategic Area Assessment with the Innovation Compass, Innovation Compass Version 5/2009

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