Robert Lukesch studied agro-economics, sociology and political science in Vienna. He is living on a small farm in Eastern Styria. Since 1984 his professional life extends over local and regional development, development co-operation and organizational development. Working for the consultancy firm ÖAR Regionalberatung GmbH since 1989, he became associate partner in 1997. His scope of activities includes designing and facilitating decision-making processes, strategy and management consultancy, shaping and evaluation of European rural development and Structural Funds programmes, policy advice, team development and leadership coaching. He is co-founder of the European network CURE (Convention for Urban and Rural Sustainability in Europe) and has contributed to the Kraków Declaration on a Sustainable Future for Europe and the World (May 2010).