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Ulrich Nitschke currently serves as the head of Sector Program Values for Religion and Development at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, as well as the head of PaRD Secretariat for the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development. Previously, he was the head of the Local Governance and Civil Society Development Program and Future for Palestine at GIZ Palestine and the chairperson of the GIZ’s Sector Network Governance for the Middle East and North Africa region. Between 2001 and 2008 he held several managerial positions in the fields of municipal development, capacity-building, and political development education. Nitschke holds degrees in theology and philosophy from Fribourg University and a M.A. in political science, economics, sociology, and development from Aachen and Cologne.