He is 60 years old, of German nationality and works as physicist since 1972, mostly at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. His main areas of activity are accelerators, large experimental apparatus in multinational collaborations, and positions in the DESY (Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron/Hamburg) and CERN directorates. His present position is Director for Technology Transfer, Outreach and Scientific Computing in the CERN directorate, responsible for establishing Technology Transfer and Outreach at CERN and also responsible for the Computing Infrastructure for the LHC experimental programme, the LHC Computing Grid. He has helped to launch several EU-FP5 projects, for example the EU DataGrid, Crossgrid and DataTAG and is involved in the preparation for the new round of FP6 proposals, in particular in EGEE. He has been member of ESTA, the "European Science and Technology Assembly" during its existence.