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Markus Palenberg is the managing director of the Institute for Development Strategy (IDS) in Munich and a former non-resident fellow with GPPi. From 2005 – 2008 Markus co-led the GPPi Consulting Practice and specialized in global and regional partnership programs and public-private development partnerships, leading evaluations and research assignments for these instruments. Before joining GPPi in 2005, Markus held senior management and consulting positions. From 2000 – 2004, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in its Paris, Cologne and Munich offices. As Project Manager, he specialized in strategy projects in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. He was also Corporate Projects Manager with the Scout24 Group, responsible for strategy, mergers & acquisition and change management projects.
Markus holds a PhD in theoretical physics from RWTH Aachen, Germany, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, for two years.