Dominik worked with Katja Hujo on a research project on Social Pensions in Asia.
Dominik was then a student of Political Sciences and Regional Studies China at the University of Cologne. He had also studied at Liaoning University in Shenyang, People's Republic of China. At the time of his internship, Dominik was working on his University Diploma thesis (equivalent to a Master thesis) and planning on writing about the reform of the Taiwanese pension system.
Dominik also volunteered in Ghana in 2003, and since then has been interested in development and its social implications.