Matthias Ploeg is a senior consultant at Technopolis Group, focusing on innovation policy and strategy, with a particular interest in the role of the entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education, private sector development and green growth.
Based both in Amsterdam and in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Matthias is very active in the field of economic and innovation policy both in Europe and in emerging countries. At the moment, he is leading the joint review of the Donor Committee on Enterprise Development’s Working Groups on Green Growth and Business Environment Reform through the World Bank. Before that, he was the co-ordinator for Technopolis Group’s activities in the research project ‘Innovation for Growth’ in 5 African and Asian countries, funded by the British Department for International Development (DFID).
Matthias works regularly in the field of higher education and entrepreneurship (e.g. start-ups, incubator) in emerging countries. He was part of the core evaluation team of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) for DFID/IDRC, and is the methodological lead for Technopolis Group’s monitoring & evaluation support to the Africa Centre of Excellence for the Association of African Universities (World Bank Funded).
As an economist, Matthias designs and implements quantitative (including econometrics) and mixed research methods in impact assessment and evaluation. In his work, Matthias worked on projects for national public authorities throughout Europe (the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, France),,and international organisations such as the European Commission, OECD, GIZ and the African Development Bank. In Africa, Matthias has carried out projects in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon and South Africa. He has also carried out several projects focusing on the Caribbean, carrying out field work in Surinam.
He graduated with a M.Sc. in Economics (distinction) from Trinity College Dublin. He is currently pursuing a PhD (part-time) in Economics on frugal innovation in emerging economies at Radboud University Nijmegen. In a personal capacity, Matthias is a board member of the recently founded Spark Business Support Centre at the Nangui Abroguoa University in Abidjan, one of the first on-campus incubators in Côte d’Ivoire. Matthias is fluent in both Dutch and English, and has a good command of French.