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Curriculum Vitae

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Since the European Election in 2019

EPP-Coordinator for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Substitute member of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT). Besides that member of the Delegation for Relations with the United States and substitute member of the Delegation for relations with Israel as well as substitute member of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. Chairman of the European Parliament ‘Cultural and Creative Industries in Europe’ intergroup.

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Since the European Election in 2014

Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with the United States. Vice Chairman of the SEDE Committee (Subcommittee on Security and Defence) and Co-coordinator for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Chairman of the European Parliament ‘Cultural and Creative Industries in Europe’ intergroup.

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since 2004

Member of the European Parliament

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2014

Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with the United States

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2006 - 2012

Deputy Chairman of the German parliamentary group CDU/CSU in the European Parliament

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2007-2012

Member of the Board of the parliamentary group EPP (European People’s Party)

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2000 – 2010

Regional Chairman of the MIT (Association for Medium-sized Companies and the Economy) of the CDU in Brandenburg

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2003 – November 2007

Deputy Federal Chairman of the MIT

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since May 2003

Member of the Board of the CDU in Brandenburg

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1999 - 2004

Member of the State Parliament of Brandenburg; spokesman of the CDU parliamentary group for economy and technology matters

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2000 – 2010

Managing Director of ‘co:bios Technologiezentrum GmbH’ in Hennigsdorf, Germany (formerly Biotech GmbH)

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1998 - 2000

Managing Director of the project corporation ‘Bahnerprobungs- und Technologiezentrum Berlin/Brandenburg GmbH’

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1997 – 1998

Managing Partner of ‘WISO Institut’ (Institute for Economic and Social Research)

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1992 – 1997

Staff member/project manager and later Managing Director of the Aigner Group in Brandenburg

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1991

Intern in the office of the Member of the German Parliament, Dr. Otto Graf Lambsdorff

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1992 – 1993

Graduation to Dr. rer. Pol. (Doctor in law and political science) at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Subject: US trade politics

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1989 – 1990

University studies in national economy at the American University in Washington D.C. Scientific staff member in the office of the Republican Senator John Heinz for the Financial Committee and the Subcommittee on Trade in the Senate of the US Congress

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1986 – 1991

University studies in journalism, politics and political economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (LMU)

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1984 – 1986

Training course at the ‘Deutsche Journalistenschule’ (German school for Journalists) in Munich

1976 – 1984

Abitur (equivalent to UK A-levels or US AP tests) at the ‘Staatliche Landschulheim’ in Marquartstein/Bayern