Professor emeritus for Image Science, Vice President of Research (1996-1997) and President of ETH Zürich (1997-2005). President of The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science (2006-2010) and Member of the Board of Directors of Robert Bosch AG (2007-2016). Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).
Partner and Managing Partner (2001-2010) of Lenz & Staehelin, Switzerland’s largest law firm. Head of the Employment and Pensions practice group, expert in corporate law and corporate finance and private client advisor.
German literary scholar, essayist, political publicist, and professor of German literature at the University of Hamburg (since 1996). Inaugurator and board member of the Arno Schmidt Foundation, founder and board member of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) and the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Culture. Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) (2014-2016).
Geoarchaeologist, corporate communications consultant and publicist. Author, among other books, of Die Luwier und der Trojanische Krieg – Eine Entdeckungsgeschichte (Orell Füssli, Zürich 2017) and The Luwian Civilization – The Missing Link in the Aegean Bronze Age (Ege Yayıncılık, Istanbul 2016). Founder, owner and managing director of science communications GmbH (since 2002).