Date of birth: 24 January 1966, Wien
1984-1994 : Studied law at the University of Salzburg; law degree
1994-1995 : One-year judicial traineeship in Vienna
1996 : Research grant to study in Paris and Geneva
1996-1999 : Special adviser on social policy of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB)
1999-2008 : Head of the ÖGB's Europe Office in Brussels
01/2009-07/2009 : Head of ÖGB EU and International Department (on leave of absence since August 2009).
09/2009: Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (inter alia substitute: Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality)