has a degree in Biology and worked for 16 years in organizational development in a government environment administration. In 1998 he joined Julia Augustine & Partner, a management consulting company, where he specialized in organizational development, coaching and consulting. He is trained in organizational development, NLP, Gestalt counseling, Gestalt therapy, and he has qualified to work as psychotherapeutic counselor. He began working with MBSR in 2000 and completed his MBSR teacher training in 2005 at the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches. He has taught many 8-week MBSR courses. His leads mindfulness trainings in companies, where he also offers mindful-leadership programs. He is at present teaching mindfulness within a research project at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Neuroscience in Leipzig. He has served as president of the German MBSR-MBCT Teacher Association since it was founded in 2005.