Born in 1945 in Rome, Italy. Commissioner for Integration and Cultural Diversity of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Studied philosophy with a doctorate from the University of Rome. 1970 to 1973 freelance journalist for different radio programmes and news services. 1973 to 1976 teaching post at the Ruhr University and academic research with Forschungsstelle Alfa in Neuss. Since 1976 editor at WDR Radio. 1983 head of the Italian radio editorial team and deputy head of the editorial team for foreign languages Forum Europa. 1999 head of the radio channel Funkhaus Europa. Since 2003 commissioner for Integration and Cultural Diversity of the WDR.