Manuel comes from the banking world: After vocational training as a banker, he completed his degree in Economics at the University of Potsdam and then joined the graduate trainee program of a major bank. He qualified as a certified investment consultant, completing his exams at the University of Munich in 2004. Until 2007 he worked in corporate banking and, following two years of parental leave, moved on to work as a private banking client advisor in 2009.
He soon regretted his decision: Manuel suddenly saw himself forced to abide by sales targets instead of client interests. In consequence he quit, went to study psychology and worked as a project manager for the consumer advocacy organisation "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verbraucherstudien". Manuel joined fairr.de in September 2015.