I have studied Business Administration and Information Technology at Saarland University and obtained a PhD from the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) in Saarbrücken. Over the years of my professional career, I have gained extensive experience in areas such as entrepreneurship, business development, software development, marketing / sales, consulting, coaching, project management and research. Since 1992, I have been involved in launching a number of start-up companies in different industries as a founder or co-founder. I enjoy tackling innovative strategies and ideas and looking at things from an unusual perspective. I bring together teams, ideas and investors and I prefer working in an interdisciplinary fashion. As a committed networker, I enjoy using synergy effects and I like to connect individual puzzle pieces to create a successful whole.