Mr. Eggert was born on 3 April 1967 in Bremen, Germany. He is married and has two children. He holds Master degrees from his studies of Modern History, Economics and Law at the University of Darmstadt (Germany) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA). He started his career in Brussels with an internship at the European Commission in 1998 before he became an adviser at the EU Representation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. From September 1999 to October 2007, he was political adviser and head of office to a Member of the European Parliament, with focus on the Committee on the Environment, Health and Food Safety. In November 2007, he joined The European Steel Association (EUROFER) as a Director for Public Affairs and Communication. On 1 November 2014 he has been nominated Director General of EUROFER. Axel speaks fluently German, English, French and Dutch.