Born in Augsburg, Germany, Dr. Roland Knieler studied chemistry in Munich and completed his academic education with a fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation in the group of Nobel Prize awardee Prof. G. A. Olah at the University of Southern California. He started his business career in 1993 at Beiersdorf AG. Subsequently, he held differing positions at BODE Chemie GmbH, including Director Research & Development, Director Marketing & Sales and as Managing Director. He was member of the management board and head of the section health care of the German Industrial Association for Hygiene and Surface Protection (IHO). In 2015 he founded the Knieler & Team GmbH and is now consulting on questions of disinfection and hygiene.