Roland Ziss is founder and Managing Director of SUM Consult, a consulting firm based in Wiesbaden, Germany, with over 20 years of experience in concept preparation and implementation of projects addressing the problems of Third World urban hot spots.
Mr. Ziss has specialised in institutional and economic issues of development cooperation. He has conceptualised and supported the implementation of many projects in more than 30 countries, incl. PAISAJOVEN, a technical cooperation project to promote youth development in Medellín, Proyecto SUR, an integrated urban upgrading and financial cooperation project in Bogotá, CREDIMAT, an innovative building material loan fund in Uruguay, and RHLF, a wholesale fund to finance micro housing loans in South Africa. He contributed substantially to the development of an integrated approach combining settlement upgrading with violence prevention. He continues to head up the consulting teams charged with evaluation missions, programme design and institutional development processes.
Roland Ziss holds a Diploma in Business Management and Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt. He has also studied and conducted research at the Université des Sciences Sociales of Grenoble, at Colegio de México and at the University of Wuppertal.