UNIDO - Cluster Development - Expert Network
Anastasiia Konstantynova
First Name
Last Name
Steinbeis 2i GmbH
Project Manager, Clusters, Regional Development and Technology Transfer
Country of Residence
City of Residence

Anastasiia Konstantynova has completed her doctor thesis (magna
cum laude) on a comparative analysis of cluster policies and
economic development of the Basque Country and Upper Austria
(Germany). Since January 2018 she is working as a project
manager at Steinbeis 2i GmbH e.g. with such projects as
ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg (technology transfer for cluster
development). Anastasiia has over 6 years’ international industry
and research experience in the field of design, implementation and
evaluation of research and innovation programmes, including
industrial and cluster policies. While working as a researcher at
Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness, she has conducted a
number of projects focused on, assessing and evaluating cluster
development policies (e.g. CLUSTERS3: INTERREG Europe
Leveraging Cluster Policies for successful implementation of RIS3
Cluster policies and Regional Smart Specialization Strategies). As a
consultant, she has been working on design, implementation and
evaluation of projects at UNIDO, e.g. Ukraine exploration mission for
project identification and development under Global Quality and
Standards Programme. She has participated in a large number of
regional and international seminars and conferences (e.g. TCI-
Network Cluster Conference; European Commission European
Week of Regions and Cities) and published in several international
high-ranked journals, as e.g. Regional Studies Regional Science.
In which languages could you support a CD project (proficiency level should be adequate so that you could also hold presentations and do trainings in this language)?
English, Spanish, Russian,
In which countries have you worked on CD projects?
Around 10 countries in EU 28 (esp. Spain, Germany, Poland, Austria), Mexico, Colombia, Ukraine
Experience in the following areas ...
Cluster twinning x
CSR in a cluster context x
Innovation in a cluster context x
Cluster based finance schemes x
Export Consortia development x
Monitoring & Evaluation of CD projects x
Gender issues a cluster context x
Poverty alleviation through CD x
Development of BDS in a cluster context x
Energy efficiency in clusters x
Cluster policy advisory x

worked in min. 2 clusters on the respective issue and or drafted methodological texts on the subject
worked in/managed a project where the respective subject was an issue, but not directly implemented related activities
Have you ever worked as Cluster Development Agent (CDA)?
Have you been trained specifically on the UNIDO CD approach?
Have you ever been employed under a UNIDO cluster development project?
How many clusters have you assisted as a CDA?
# 10-15
In which sectors have you worked on CD projects?
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Manufacturing of food products
Manufacturing of wood products and/or furniture
Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
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