Mr. Engelbert Beyer, born in 1960, studied economics at the University of Münster (Germany). Following his function as a consultant at the GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit), he entered the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Division for R&D Policy, in Bonn (Germany), in 1989.
Since 1998, Mr. Beyer became in charge of various divisions on innovation policy issues. He became for instance, Head of Division "Small and Medium Enterprises, Science-Industry Interfaces, R&D Reporting, R&D-Programmes for the New Länder of Germany" of the BMBF, Bonn (Germany), and since 2005 Head of Division "Innovation Policy" of the BMBF, Berlin (Germany). His work in the recent years was significantly marked by the planning and the coordination of the German High-Tech Strategy. Since 2009, Mr. Beyer is Head of the Directorate “Innovation Strategies” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany, in Berlin (Germany).