Volker Helmut Manfred Zotz was born on October 28, 1956 in Landau, Palatinate, Germany. His parents are Helmut Zotz and Ines (Aehle) Zotz. During his studies and early career, Zotz was living in Vienna, Austria. For ten years, from 1989 to 1999, he stayed in Japan where he held several academic positions. Later, he spent years in Luxembourg and India as a university teacher and researcher. Volker Zotz is generally regarded as one of the leading experts on Buddhism and Confucianism. His special interest is in cross-cultural communication and the influence of cultural factors and differences on international development in a globalizing world. He spends his time equally between Europe and Asia.