Matthias Ripp holds a degree in Historical Geography from Bamberg University. Between 2004 and 2007 he worked for the city of Bamberg in the fields of world heritage and tourism.
Since 2007 he has been the world heritage coordinator of the “Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof” site. His main tasks include networking with local, national and international institutions, coordinating and developing sustainable management strategies for the Regensburg world heritage as well as monitoring the city centre. He is active in numerous networks such as Heritage Europe and ICOMOS. He coordinated the EU HerO (Heritage as Opportunity) project.
He chairs the UNESCO world heritage working group on historic city centres of the German Association of Cities, is a member of the European Heritage Panel and an elected Member of the German Commission for UNESCO. Since November 2011 he has also been regional coordinator for the North West European and North-American region of the Organisation of Heritage Heritage Cities (OWHC).
He published numerous articles on Heritage Management, resilience, the communication of heritage values and other topics.