Prof. Dr. Steffen Flessa is head of department of health care management and vice rector of the University of Greifswald, Germany. After his training in business administration (focus on health care management) he gained practical experience in Tanzania for five years. Later he was research assistant at the department of medical economics, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. Further steps in his career were a professorship of nursing administration (Evang. University of Applied Sciences Nuernberg), professorship of international health economics (Medical School, University of Heidelberg) and University of Greifswald (since 2004).