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ReSPA Management Development Session

In April 2019, the Hertie School's Executive Education team welcomed the Regional School of Public Administration to their tailor-made executive training on managing intergovernmental organisations and leadership in the public sector. A highlight was the visit to the German Federal Foreign Office for a candid discussion with Sabine Stöhr, Head of the Western Balkans Division, exploring future co-operation. Among other faculty members, the seminar was taught by Dr. Rolf Alter, Course Lead and Senior Fellow at the Hertie School. Alter has nearly three decades of experience in leading administrative functions with the OECD and IMF, amongst others.


The Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) is an international institution founded in 2003. ReSPA’s members are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia (Kosovo is included in activities but is not represented in the Gov. Board). ReSPA aims at improving regional cooperation in the Western Balkans as well as member states’ public administration by encouraging the exchange of know-how, best practices etc. and ultimately works to facilitate integration with the European Union. 

Areas of focus

In two intensive seminar days, participants learned among other about Strategic capacity and coordination in the public sector; Performance management in intergovernmental organisations; Human resource management and capacity building and leadership.

Faculty and experts

Apart from Dr. Rolf Alter, the programme included sessions with:

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