He was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1969. He studied economics at the Universities of Bern and Maastricht, and entered the Doctoral program at the Swiss National Bank Study Center in Gerzensee.
After completing his doctoral dissertation in health economics, followed by research and teaching at Boston University, he joined the economics editorial staff of the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” (NZZ) in 2001. In the summer of 2002 he was an economic correspondent in Paris, and then from 2004 to 2009 a correspondent in Frankfurt and then Washington. After 2004 he was also a business correspondent in Frankfurt, Washington and Berlin.
Since August 2019, he has been back at the NZZ at Falkenstrasse in Zurich. He is married, and the father of two children.