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Contact in Munich

Gebäude Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr und Technologie

Bavarian State Department of Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology

- Invest in Bavaria -


Prinzregentenstraße 22
80538 Munich, Germany

P +49 89 2162-2642
F +49 89 2162-2803


Our Team

Lucie E. Merkle, Executive Director

Lucie E. Merkle Ms. Lucie E. Merkle was appointed Executive Director of the Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC (West Coast Division, Palo Alto) in November 2005. Her long standing, direct ties to the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and extensive experience in the field of strategic management and location marketing in Germany and abroad are giving her a clear edge in bridging the gap between the U.S. West Coast and Bavaria in the field of international business development.

Previously, Lucie E. Merkle served as Deputy Director of Invest in Bavaria in Munich and held various leadership positions at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. She has worked on a wide range of strategic topics including the promotion of technology transfer, entrepreneurship, venture capital, regional development, industry networks and European research and development policy. Career highlights include positions in the field of strategic management and trade policy at a renowned German chemicals company, research positions at the University of Munich and a posting at the government of Upper Franconia in Bayreuth, Germany.

Lucie E. Merkle holds a German and a U.S. Masters Degree in economics and business administration and a Ph.D. in economics of the University of Munich, Germany. She represents the Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC (West Coast Division) in various local and international professional organizations and frequently speaks at industry events.



Florian Hubauer, Project Manager Marketing

Florian Mr. Florian Hubauer joined the Bavarian U.S. Office for Economic Development, LLC (West Coast Division) as a trainee and assistant to the Executive Director in June 2011 and was appointed Project Manager Marketing in September 2012. Florian holds an MBA degree of Otto‐Friedrich University of Bamberg with a focus on marketing, logistics and controlling. From 2009 to 2010 he was an Erasmus exchange student at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.

Previously, Florian Hubauer gained work experience with Robert Bosch GmbH, Siemens AG and Lindner AG in Germany where he concentrated on marketing, project management and logistics.



The permanent staff of the Bavarian office is supported by several trainees with a strong background in the field of business administration, marketing, economics and international law.