Born in Hamburg on 23 September 1970.


Education and professional career

1991 - 1997

Studied law in Hamburg and Bilbao, Spain; first state examination in law

1997 - 2000

Research assistant at the University of Hamburg

2000 - 2002

Legal traineeship at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg; second state examination in law

2002 - 2005

Personal secretary and then chief of staff to the SPD Secretary-General

2005 - 2007

Chief of staff to the First Parliamentary Secretary of the SPD parliamentary group

2007 - 2009

Chief of staff and head of policy and planning unit at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

2010 - 2011

Director, Office of the International Labour Organization in Germany

2011 - 2018

State Secretary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Commissioner of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the Federation, to the European Union and for foreign affairs

2014 - 2015

Chair, Conference of the Länder Ministers for European Affairs

2015 - 2018

Member of the European Committee of the Regions

March 2018 - present

State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance