Winfried Schlotter was born in 1940 during the first winter of World War II in Wirges in the Westerwald region of Germany. Despite the material needs of the post-war period, he grew up safely in an environment shaped by Christian principles and close ties with his home region. After graduating from high school in Montabaur and studying telecommunications first in Darmstadt and then in Berlin, where he met his wife, he began his professional career at ‘Siemens’ in Munich. After a few years he moved to the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement in Koblenz and worked there in the fields of telecommunications and information technology until his retirement. He is the father of a son and a daughter, and has lived since then in Hillscheid near Koblenz, very close to his ancestral home region.