Born in Frankfurt am Main in 1960. “Abitur” school-leaving exam, followed by studies of economics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (1983 - 1988). Subsequently, assistant lecturer at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University as well as advisor and lecturer on the design and implementation of European adult training in the context of the activities of the European Social Fund (1988 -1995). During this time, Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York (1990) and DAAD Visiting Professor of Economics at Karl Marx University in Leipzig (WS 1990/1991). Doctorate: "On the Economics of the Creation of Technologies" (1993). Subsequently, head of the "Gesellschaft" unit at VDI/VDE-IT in Teltow (1995 - 1999). He was Managing Dean of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Frankfurt am Main between 1999 and July 2009. Member of the Advisory Council "Competence Networks in Germany" of the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) and of the Advisory Group “LERNET: Network-based Learning in SMEs and public authorities” of the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology (BMWi).
Starting in August 2009 he will be Professor of Innovationmanagement at the Hochschule Rhein-Main (FH Wiesbaden). Besides that he has agreed a Honorary Professorship for Innovation Management at Frankfurt School.
Accreditation Commission Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)
Consultancy Group "Competence networks in Germany" at the Federal Ministry for Economy and Technology, Berlin
Carolinum Foundation, Frankfurt/Main (Member of the Board)
Steuben-Schurz-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt/Main (Member of the Board)