Full Professor of Linguistics (since 2001) and Chairman of the Senate (since 2004) at the University of Innsbruck; Indo-Germanist, Classical Philologist and Mycologist. Habilitation with a thesis on vocalism in Lycian (1995).
Senior Grant Advisor at Leiden University, Guest Researcher at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Sub-Faculty member of Near and Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Oxford, and a member of the Common Room at Wolfson College, Oxford. PhD in Mediterranean Archaeology (2009).
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.
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).