Fiona Merkl is a consultant in the German office of Technopolis Group in Frankfurt. She is experienced in a range of methods such as case studies, interviews, desk research, literature review and statistical analysis.
Fiona has developed an expertise in (international) public policy evaluation with a recent interest in science, research and innovation policy. Currently, she focuses on the international cooperation of clusters and networks by working on the monitoring activities of the internationalisation of leading-edge clusters, forward-looking projects and comparable networks for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. She is also contributing to the evaluation of the international cooperation networks of the central innovation programme for SMEs for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Fiona worked as a student assistant at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Free University of Berlin supporting academic research and teaching. She has also completed a Blue Book traineeship at the EU Commission where she analysed evaluations regarding rural development.
Fiona obtained her Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Maastricht University. During the Bachelor’s programme she spent an exchange semester at Sciences Po in Paris. She obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations in the joint degree programme of Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin and University of Potsdam. Fiona is fluent in German and English and has advanced knowledge of French and Dutch.