Born 9 January 1962 in Münster, Westphalia; unmarried

1981
 Abitur (higher education entrance qualification) in Münster

1982 - 1989
 Degree in German, History of Art and Politics at the universities of Münster and Bonn

1983 - 1989
 Scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) Institute for Gifted Students

1990 - 1992
 PR work in museums and publishing companies

1991 - 1999
 Lecturer in Arts Management at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

since 1999 
 Honorary Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Arts and Media Management

1992 - 1995 
 Press Officer, Berlin Senate Administration for Science and Research

1995 - 2005 
 Member of the Berlin House of Representatives, spokesperson for science and cultural policy of the CDU parliamentary group, Deputy Chair of the CDU parliamentary group, Member of the Berlin Land Executive Committee

1995 - 2006 
 Corporate Communications, Art Collection of the Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG

1998 - 2013 
 Member of the Governing Board, Brandenburger Gate Foundation, Landesbank Berlin Holding AG

since 2005
 Member of the German Bundestag, spokesperson for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag for culture and the media

since March 2009
 First Deputy Chair of the CDU in Berlin

since 2009 
 Chair of the Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs in the German Bundestag, Member of the Executive Committee of the CDU/CSUparliamentary group in the Bundestag, Member of the Committee on Education and Research, Spokesperson for the Subcommittee on Cultural and Education Policy Abroad

since 17 December 2013
 Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media