Degree in economics and Slavic studies from the University of Innsbruck (1995); PhD in economics from the University of Innsbruck on currency disintegration and monetary reforms, supervised by Prof Theresia Theurl (2002).

Professional experience:

CEO of an ICT start-up (2008-2010); Member of the business and economics team at Neue Zürcher Zeitung (2004-2008); Fund management and financial research at Liechtensteinische Landesbank (1997-2000); Country risk and financial market analysis in Economic Research at Credit Suisse (1995-1997).