Dipl.-Theol. Studies of catholic theology and ecclesiastical history in Freiburg i. Br./Germany and in Rome-Vatican City/Italy-Vatican. From 1987 until 2001 employee in the Deutsche Bank AG in Freiburg i. Br. and in Frankfurt a. M. He is fluently speaking English, French and Italian and has basic knowledge in the Spanish language.
Collecting since the early 1970ies, since 1984 he is involved in scientific phaleristic matters, and author of numerous professional articles and publications on German and foreign orders of chivalry and of merit, decorations and medals. Since 1987 as a dealer in this matter, since the early 1990ies he is also working as an expert for various German and foreign auction houses, among them also SINCONA in Zurich and beforehand for UBS in Zurich and Basle.
Since some years he is among others also a correspondent of the "Musée de la Légion d'honneur et des ordres de chevalerie" in Paris and a phaleristic consultant to the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood in Tallinn (Estonia). He is a member of numerous phaleristic societies all over the world.