Carsten Beyer is managing partner of s.Pro - sustainable projects GmbH and has been working for 20 years in the field of international EU-funded projects (both within EU-funded Programmes as well as for the European Commission directly). Over the last ten years he has developed specific expertise in developing and managing complex and large-scale Interreg projects in a number of programme areas (among them Smart Blue Regions, EcoDesign Circle, PRESOURCE, Baltadapt, and SPIN). As an economist he has gained substantial professional experience in economic development and environmental management as well as specific expertise of the maritime sector in the Baltic Sea Region and other European sea basins. As such he is / has been coordinating the Interreg projects Smart Blue Regions (blue growth and smart specialisation) and Baltadapt (climate change adaptation strategy for the Baltic Sea). Carsten possesses broad experience in conducting studies. In particular for the European Commission / DG MARE he has authored and co-authored studies on blue growth and IMP. He has worked and lived inter alia in Greece, Ukraine, Turkey and the Western Balkans.