Alfried is responsible for Economic Policy and European Affairs at the Vienna Business Agency, the Austrian capital’s economic development agency. In this role, he initiates projects ranging from the street-scale to the European level, covering analytical, strategic and political issues. He is actively involved in the formulation and implementation of several Vienna development strategies, including the Smart City Framework Strategy, the Economy & Innovation Strategy and the city’s Urban Development Strategy. Alfried holds Master’s degrees in economics and urban development and is currently working on his PhD, focusing on location factors and location decision theory. He is a lecturer at the BFI Vienna University of Applied Sciences. Previous work engagements include the Austrian Parliament, the OECD and the Vienna University of Economics and Business.