Anke Rehlinger is a politician and has been Minister-President of Saarland since April 2022 and Chairwoman of the Chairwoman of the SPD branch for the State of Saarland since 2018. After studying law at Saarland University, where she graduated in 2000 with the first state examination, Rehlinger completed supplementary studies at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. From 2001 to 2003, she was a legal trainee at Saarland’s Ministry of Justice. She was called to the bar in 2005 and one year later became a partner in a supralocal law firm in Losheim. At that time, Rehlinger, who became an SPD member in 1998, was already deputy chairwoman of the SPD branch for the Merzig-Wadern district, and in 2006 she was elected chairwoman. From 2014 until her election as Minister-President, she was Minister of Economy, Work, Energy, and Transport and Deputy Minister-President of Saarland. From 2012 to 2014, she already held the office of the Minister of Justice and Environment and Consumer Protection in Saarland. Anke Rehlinger was born in Wadern and lives in Nunkirchen in the Hochwald.
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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.
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Catrin Hinkel is Country General Managerin of Microsoft Switzerland since May 2021. The German national studied at the University of Reutlingen (European Business School in Reutlingen and London). After graduating, Catrin Hinkel worked in various roles for Accenture, most recently as Senior Managing Director for Cloud First Strategy & Consulting in Europe. She is a member of the Executive Committee of digitalswitzerland and a board member of the association ASUT. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security and spokesperson of the Board of "Generation CEO", a non-profit association and established network for women leaders in German-speaking countries. Catrin Hinkel is the mother of two children and lives in Zurich.
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