Born in Frankfurt am Main in 1960. “Abitur”, school-leaving exam, followed by studies of economics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (1983 – 1988). Subsequently, assistant lecturer at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University as well as advisor and lecturer on the design and implementation of European Professional Training in the context of the activities of the European Social Fund (1988 -1995). During this time, Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York (1990) and DAAD Visiting Professor of Economics at Karl Marx University in Leipzig (WS 1990/1991). Doctorate: “On the Economics of the Emergence of Technologies” (1993). Subsequently, head of the “Gesellschaft” unit at VDI/VDE-IT in Teltow (1995 – 1999). He was Managing Dean and Professor for Innovation Mangament of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Frankfurt am Main between August 1999 and July 2009.
Starting in August 2009 he is Professor for Innovation management at the Hochschule RheinMain. Besides that he has agreed a Honorary Professorship for Innovation Management at Frankfurt School. He has taken the position of a Scientific Advisor for Technopolis Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Technopolis Group Ltd. Prof. Dr. Thomas Heimer is member of the Advisory Council “go-cluster“ of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and chair of the Accreditation Commission of the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). He belongs to the board of the Carolinum Foundation. Thomas Heimer recently conducted a meta-evaluation of the European cluster policy and has been engaged in a study on Smart Home technology.