1988, degree in Business Administration, 1990, degree in Law, 1991, PhD in Business Administration and 1992, PhD in Law, St Gallen University. 1991-92, MS Management Service; 1992-94, Assistant Professor, St Gallen University; 1994-95, McKinsey & Company; 1995-2001, Head, Chair, Banking and Finance, European Business School, then honorary professorship; 2002-2013, Head, Chair of Entrepreneurial Finance, Technical University, Munich; since 2003 Scientific Co-Director, Center of Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies. Member, Supervisory Board, Linde, MunichRe, Deutsche Börse and Engie, formerly Metro and Vontobel. Member of the International Advisory Board of Investcorp. Board member, acatech (National Academy of Science and Engineering). Former Vice-Chair, Expert Commission on Research and Innovation, German Government and Member, German Government Commission Corporate Governance Code as well as Commissioner, Navracsics' High Level Group on the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). Honorary doctorate, Leuphana University, Lüneburg (2017). Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.