Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office
Born on 4 February 1959 in Halle an der Saale; widowed, one son.
Abitur (higher education entrance qualification) in Halle. Studied applied and theoretical linguistics in Leipzig and Warsaw, graduated in Polish and Russian translation/interpretation in 1982.
Until 1985 worked as an interpreter in the field of tourism and culture and translator of Russian and Polish literature. Executive director of the Humanist Association, Berlin, from 1995 to 1996; worked as a free-lance translator from mid-1996. Founding member, first chair and currently board member of the Erhard Hübener Foundation, Saxony-Anhalt.
Chair of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Saxony-Anhalt in 1995, member of the FDP National Executive from 1993, and FDP General Secretary from 2001 to 2005.
Member and Vice President of Saxony-Anhalt State Parliament from 1990 to 1994.
Member of the German Bundestag from October 1998 to October 2013, Deputy Chair of the FDP parliamentary group from October 1998 to June 2001, FDP parliamentary group spokesperson on research policy, and group spokesperson on and chair of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment.
Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office since November 2009.