Bernd Gutterer started his professional career in Business administration in the mechanical engineering industry. He studied sociology, economics, philosophy and environmental sciences at the University of Bremen and at the Paris Nanterre University. He received his doctorate at the Mercator University Duisburg on the subject “Sustainable Energy Supply in Rural Areas and Sustainable Technology Transfer”. After being active for thirty years in international scientific and technical cooperation (University Witten-Herdecke, BORDA, InWEnt, GTZ/GIZ) in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia and South-East Asia, he is responsible for the overall management of the Polyurbwater project. Furthermore, he contributes his expertise in the design of complex multi-stakeholder and capacity development processes and in transformation processes for sustainable water management in urban areas.