Markus joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung as a project manager in the project “Megatrends” in 2019. His interdisciplinary undergraduate studies at the University of Leipzig had a focus on business and economics (Thesis: Austerity – The Case of Ireland). Markus holds a master’s degree in “Public Policy” with a specialization in economics from the University of Münster. During his graduate studies, he visited the Aix-Marseille School of Economics to attend the track “Public Economics.” In his master thesis with the title “Smart Cities in Europe: Development of Two Composite Indicators and Econometric Analysis”, Markus focused on the construction of performance indices and their econometric evaluation. Besides his university career, Markus gained professional experience as a student assistant for the HHL Graduate School of Management Chair of Macroeconomics in Leipzig and as a graduate assistant at the Center for Interdisciplinary Economics in Münster. Prior to joining the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Markus Overdiek also worked as an intern for SME politics at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and in the field of corporate development at the Deutsche Bahn AG, both in Berlin.