studied Economics at the Universities of Bonn and Berkeley, CA. He got his Doctorate at the University of Cologne and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard. Early on, he worked as an analyst and publicist for McKinsey. He got his first journalistic experience from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung before starting as an Economic Editor with Die ZEIT, the German weekly based in Hamburg. He covered the “digital revolution” in the nineties before starting a reporter group called “Reform Workshop” which looked for reform ideas all over the planet. Since 2001 he is the Chief Economic and Business Editor of Die ZEIT.