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Members of the Supervisory Board

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Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker

Head of the department „Research for Digitization and Innovation“ in the Federal Ministry for Education and Research
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina Schieferdecker is head of the research department for innovation and digitisation at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research since 01.10.2019. Previously she was head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), professor at the Technical University of Berlin for quality engineering of open, distributed systems and director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, the German Internet Institute. She is a member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech). She was a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), the High-Tech Forum 2025 (HTF), the Sustainability 2030 Science Platform, and the scientific and technical director of the Technology Foundation Berlin (TSB). She has received numerous awards for her scientific work, including the EUREKA Innovation Award and the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Prize for Young University Teachers.
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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.
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Tobias Hans

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.

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Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht

University Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich

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

Country General Managerin of Microsoft Switzerland

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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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.

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Andrea Martin

Leader IBM Watson IoT Center Munich
Andrea Martin is leading the Watson IoT Center in Munich and is responsible for its content-related development and market relevance. Prior to that, she was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at IBM for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and President of the IBM Academy of Technology. Additonally, Andrea Martin is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with a strategical and tactical responsibility. Martin studied Business Mathematics in Karlsruhe and started her career at IBM in 1992. In 2009, she received the IBM Award for outstanding technical performance on the subject of “An Innovative Technique to Assess SOA IT Service Management Readiness”; in 2017, she received the Women of the Year” award for technical innovation. Outside the company, she is an appointed expert in the Commission for AI of the German Parliament and is committed to the Society of Women Engineers.

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Prof. Dr. Petra Mutzel

Chair of Computational Analytics, University of Bonn
Petra Mutzel holds the Chair of Computational Analytics and is heading the group „High Performance Computing and Analytics” at the University of Bonn. After earning her diploma in Mathematics at the Augsburg University and finishing her doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Cologne, she joined the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbruecken and obtained her habilitation at Saarland University in 1999. She held the Chair for Algorithms and Data Structures at TU Wien (1999 – 2004) as well as the Chair for Algorithm Engineering/Experimental Algorithms at the TU Dortmund University (2004 – 2019). Her research focuses on design, theoretical analysis, and experimental evaluation of algorithms (“Algorithm Engineering”), especially in the areas of “Network Analysis and Visualization”, “Combinatorial Optimization” as well as “Big Data Analysis” and their application in natural sciences. The “Alcatel SEL Stiftung für Kommunikationsforschung” awarded her the research prize “Technische Kommunikation 2000“. From 2013 to 2018, Petra Mutzel was an elected member of the “DFG-Senatsauschuss” and the “DFG-Bewilligungsausschuss” for Collaborative Research Centers (SFB).


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.

Scientific Advisory Board

Srdjan Capkun

ETH Zürich

Lorrie Faith Cranor

ETH Zürich

Catuscia Palamidessi


Virgil Gligor

ETH Zürich

Patrick Drew McDaniel

Pennsylvania State University