After an apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker, Tim Oelker studied product design at the "Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg". He has been running his own office since 2001 and has been teaching product design at universities and academies in Berlin, Hanover and Hamburg since 2006. Tim Oelker is an active member of the "Universal Design Forum e.V." and co-leader of the "Rat für Nachhaltigkeit" of the "Deutscher Designtag e.V.". He is involved in corporate social responsibility projects, advises industrial companies and NGOs and offers workshops and seminars on universal design change management.