Patrick Dufour holds a doctorate in Economic Geography from Ruhr-Universität Bochum. His dissertation focused on a comparison of cluster development in the sectors software development and internet technology in the United States and in Germany.
Mr. Dufour has a work experience of 22 years thereof 15 years in regional development and cluster development (esp. automotive, materials and information technology) and 7 years leading the departments of strategy development and international corporate real estate management of a division of a leading multinational industrial group. He has been leading Wirtschaftsförderung Raum Heilbronn GmbH since 2010 and travels frequently in and around the Greater Stuttgart area.
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