After an apprenticeship in banking Helmut (born 1962) studied business administration in Germany. He gained his first business experience with Treuhandanstalt, the former privatisation agency in the eastern part of Germany. In 1993 he joined KfW in the Berlin office. From 1997 until 2005 he invested on behalf of KfW in Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds and managed a part of the innovation financing division of KfW Frankfurt. In 2005 he was asked to assist the European Commission as a Seconded National Expert notably to prepare an Equity Promotional Programme for SMEs. In 2007 he continued in Brussels as head of the KfW Liaison Office to the European Union before he was appointed as member of the EU Task Force for Greece of the European Commission until 2015. He joined the Brussels based Secretariat General of the European Long Term Investors Association in 2016 and was elected as ELTI Secretary General in October 2016.