Dr. Matthias von Schwanenflügel is the head of Directorate-General 3 on ‘Demographic Change, Senior Citizens, Social Welfare’ in the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Between 1991 and 2014 he worked in various roles in Directorates-General and Minister’s support staff (e.g. Personal Secretary, Head of Division ‘Medical Devices Law’, Deputy Head of the Minister’s Office/Political Staff), German Federal Ministry of Health. Between 2005 and 2010 he was the Head of the Directorate ‘Sustainability in Long-term Care’. Since 2009 Matthias has also been an Assistant Professor at the University of Münster and University of Bremen.