Before I was elected to the European Parliament, I led the European work of Transparency International for five years. I gained further experience at the German Foreign Office, the EU Delegation in Hong Kong, the consulting firm Deloitte and the French civil service academy ENA.
I studied politics, economics and law in Leipzig, Paris and Washington. I have a Master’s degree in “Affaires Publiques” from Sciences Po Paris.
Together with fellow students, I founded a project for a European daily newspaper – the European Daily – with which we were nominated for the Charlemagne Youth Prize.
I am married to an Italian woman, have a three-year-old son and live in Brussels and Aachen.