Project Director Russia and Central Asia and Head of Moscow office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). Since 2016 he is deputy chairman of the board of trustees of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. He works on better dialogue with Russia, while advocating individual dignity, freedom and responsibility. Since 2012 he has launched new programmes on bilateral dialogue (Genscher Talks), market economy (Gaidar-Naumann Forum), civic and human rights (Gerhart-Baum lectures), promoting entrepreneurship (FuckUp Nights Moscow) and a Summer-School to support the projects of young change agents. From 2010 to 2012 he co-founded and coordinated a dialogue forum in Brussels within the German Free Democratic Party (FDP), while working as political consultant in PA Consultancy g+ Europe (2008-2012). From 2006 to 2008 he worked as European Government Advisor for BP Europe, after having advised a Member of the European Parliament (ALDE-Group) and after research at the Centre of European Policy Studies on EU-Russia relations. Having studied in St. Petersburg, Munich and Brussels he holds an MA in Political Strategy and Communications from the University of Kent and is an officer of the reserve of German tank reconnaissance.