Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas
Head of the department „Research for Digitization and Innovation“ in the Federal Ministry for Education and Research
Wolf-Dieter Lukas is an Under-Secretary; since 2005, he has been heading the Unit 5 „Research for Digitalization and Innovation” at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). From 1976 – 1981, he studied Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin. After graduating (Dipl.), he worked as a PhD student and later as a research assistant, at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. In 1984, he finished his PhD in Physics at TU Darmstadt. Since February 2005, he has been Head of the Key Technologies Unit at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Additionally, he established the new funding program “Civil Security Research” at the BMBF and has significantly shaped the development of research funding in the area of Information and Communication Technology as well as Electro mobility. He is an Honorary Professor at the TU Berlin, where he is working on “IT-Innovation Engineering”, the analysis and predictability of technical innovation in the area of Information and Communication Technology. Mr. Lukas is a member of the Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbruecken and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart as well as a Trustee of the Alcatel Lucent Foundation for Communication Research.
Prof. Dr. Susanne Albers
Chair of Algorithm and Complexity, Technical University of Munich
Susanne Albers is a Computer Scientist and a Full Professor for Algorithms and Complexity at the Computer Science department of Technical University of Munich. From 1984 until 1990, she studied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Business Administration at the University of Osnabrueck. In 1993, Albers completed her phD at Saarland University. Until 1999, she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and spent her research stays in the USA, in Japan, and in other European countries. Additionally, Albers received the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society in 1993. In 1999, she was awarded her Habilitation and accepted a Chair at the University of Dortmund, which she held until 2001. Her research area comprises the design and analysis of algorithms, in particular online and approximation algorithms. Furthermore, she also focuses on algorithmic game theory and Algorithm engineering. As a Professor, Albers also taught at University of Freiburg and Humboldt University Berlin. Since 2013, she has been a Professor at the Technical University of Munich, where she is holding the Chair for Algorithms and Complexity. In 2008, she received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation, the highest honor awarded in German research including a financial support of 2.5 Mio. euros. She is also a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz as well as a Fellow of the German Association for Computer Science (GI) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science.
Prof. Dr. Srdjan Capkun
Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board
Srdjan Capkun (Srđan Čapkun) is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich and Director of the Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC). He was born in Split, Croatia. He received his Dipl.Ing. Degree in Electrical Engineering / Computer Science from the University of Split in 1998, and his Ph.D. degree in Communication Systems from EPFL in 2004. Prior to joining ETH Zurich in 2006, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Networked & Embedded Systems Laboratory (NESL), University of California Los Angeles and an Assistant Professor in the Informatics and Mathematical Modelling Department, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His research interests lie in system and network security. His focus areas are wireless security (in particular secure positioning) and system security where he focuses on trusted computing and blockchain technologies. He is a co-founder of 3db Access, a company focusing on secure distance measurement and proximity-based access control, and of Sound-Proof, a spin-off focusing on usable on-line authentication. In 2016, he received an ERC Consolidator Grant for a project on securing positioning in wireless networks.
Staatskanzlei Saarland/Carsten Simon
Minister President of Saarland
Tobias Hans is a German politician. He became Minister President of Saarland in March 2018 and Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Saarland in October 2018. After his Community Service at the Muenchwies Psychosomatic Specialized Clinic, he studied Information Science, Business Informatics, and English Studies at Saarland University. Hans continued working as a student helper at the Muenchwies Specialized Clinic until 2005, before starting his position as a Research Assistant with the CDU Parliamentary Group in the Landtag of Saarland. From 2007 until 2009, Hans was the Personal Representative of Saarland’s Minister of Justice, Work, Health, and Social Affairs. In 2007, he became the Deputy Chairman of the Neunkirchen District of CDU and in 2012 its Chairman. In March 2018, Hans was elected Minister President of Saarland and became the Chairman of CDU Saar in October 2018.
Universität der Bundeswehr München
Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht
Director of ENISA
Udo Helmbrecht is the former President of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Director of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). Helmbrecht studied Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Having received his Diploma in Physics, he then went on to obtain a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics in 1984. In 1985, Helmbrecht began his career as a systems analyst, working on a German Chinese project at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm GmhB (MBB). In 1990, Helmbrecht was assigned the position of Head of the Technical Data Systems Department and between 1992 and 1995 he worked as Information Technology Program Manager, assuming responsibility for the program and project management of information technology in the military aircraft product group. In 1995, Helmbrecht was appointed CIO of the Bayerische Versorgungskammer, a public insurance institution for pensions. As Director and Division Manager of Information Processing, he was responsible for data processing, information technology and security, application development, as well as data center and network infrastructure. Here, he succeeded in introducing several entrepreneurial operating methods. Between 2003 and 2009, Helmbrecht was the President of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Bonn. In this position, he successfully developed the agency’s central service provision for information security within the German Federal Government. Since October 2009, he has been the Director of ENISA. In November 2010, Helmbrecht was appointed Honorary Professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich, Germany.
Accenture Dienstleistungen GmbH
Senior Managing Director Accenture
From 1988 – 1992, Catrin Hinkel studied Business Administration at ESB Reutlingen and in London. She started her career at Accenture in 1993 (at the time called Andersen Consulting). First, she worked as a Consultant in the areas “Telecommunication” and “Customer Relationship Management” from 1995; 2005, she accepted the Lead of Accenture’s SAP Business for Germany/Austria/Switzerland (ASG); since 2007, she has been a member of the Management Board of Accenture in Germany. From 2011 until 2017, she was the Managing Director for the division “Health & Public Services”. Since 2017, she has been heading the division “Communication, Media & Technology“(CMT) and since 2018, she is managing Consulting for CMT Global. Additionally, since 2007, she has been a member – and since 2015, the Speaker of the Board of Directors – of the initiative “Generation CEO”. Thanks to her years of experience and her specialization, Catrin Hinkel is an expert for strategic questions concerning digitalization and transformation in Communication and High-Tech companies. Catrin Hinkel’s office is situated at the Accenture site Kronberg. LinkedIn
Prof. Dr. Manfred Schmitt
President of Saarland University
Manfred Schmitt is a Professor for Molecular and Cell Biology and the President of Saarland University. Manfred Schmitt completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of Mainz. After finishing his PhD and receiving a research scholarship by the German Research Foundation (DFG), he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the UMass Medical School in Worcester, USA. In 1990, he became a research assistant at the University of Mainz; he was awarded his Habilitation in Microbiology in 1993. In 1996, Manfred Schmitt was appointed Professor for Molecular and Cell Biology at the Center for Human and Molecular Biology (ZHMB) at Saarland University, where he held the position of Director between 2003 and 2011. From 2009 until 2014, he was the Vice-President of Education at Saarland University. He has been the President of Saarland University since March 1, 2017. Despite two offers of Chairs at Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf in 2007 and TU Dresden in 2012, Manfred Schmitt decided to build his teaching and research career at Saarland University. He is involved in the collaborative research center SFB 1027 “Physical modelling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems”. Additionally, he is also engaged in two DFG-funded priority programs and an international graduate school (IRTG 1830) involving Saarland University, Kaiserslautern University of Technology, and the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. From 2008 until 2017, Manfred Schmitt also held the position of Program Advisor at the German-French University (DFH) for German-French degree programs in biology.