After studying varied subjects in West Germany, including law and Catholic theology, he became a journalist. He was noted as a correspondent for Deutschlandfunk in radio journalism.
In 1979 Christel and Rupert Neudeck, together with a group of friends, formed the committee "A ship for Vietnam" and chartered for the rescue mission the freighter "Cap Anamur". He did humanitarian work in this project that aids refugees. He also founded "GRUENHELME" (Green Helmets) for rebuilding schools, villages, and ambulances in destroyed regions. He was listed on Unsere Besten ("Our Best"), a German poll similar to 100 Greatest Britons.