Is Member of the German Bundestag since 2013 and member of the Committee on Internal Affairs and on European Affairs, Deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development as well as Chairman of the German-Italian Parliamentary Friendship Group. Furthermore, he is spokesperson of the working group on democracy of the SPD parliamentary group and since 2013 professor for sustainable management, esp. integration and diversity management, at the University of Applied Management Studies in Mannheim. Previously, he was consultant for local and regional development at IFOK and assistant professor at the Federal University of Applied Science for Public Administration in Mannheim. Studied politics, history and public law at the universities of Heideldberg, Mannheim and San Francisco. Earned his doctoral degree at TU Darmstadt.