Dr. Robert Philipp works as an Audit Consultant at the Association of Cooperatives – Association of Regions. For the commodity sector, he audits the financial statements of agricultural, energy and commodity cooperatives. Dr. Philipp holds a PhD in Economics from Tallinn University of Technology. From 2015 to 2021, he was a lecturer and project manager at Wismar University of Applied Sciences and the European Project Center based at the Department of Economics. His research focuses on Regional Development, Green and Blue Growth, Smart Specialisation, Supply Chain Management and Digital Transformation. His professional activity has an international focus reflected in numerous international third-party funded projects with companies and organisations – predominantly from the Baltic Sea region.