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The faces behind the Digital Council

The Digital Council will in future advise the German government on the important matter of digitalisation. Its members come from the realms of academia, research and the private sector and bring with them a wide range of practical experience. With their help, the opportunities offered by digitalisation are to be harnessed for the people of Germany. The body of experts will be chaired by Katrin Suder.

Katrin Suder

is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hertie School of Governance. Prior to this she held the post of State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Defence, where she was responsible for the Directorates-General for Equipment and Cyber/Information Technology. After obtaining a doctoral degree in physics, she worked for McKinsey & Co. She headed their Berlin office and was responsible for projects inside and outside Germany.

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Chris Boos

founded the artificial intelligence company Arago in 1995. After graduating with a degree in IT, Boos established Arago's AI HIRO as a platform for businesses, focusing on the business to business sector, and providing AI as a basic technology. Boos also works as a strategic advisor at business and political level, and acts as an angel investor.

Urs Gasser

is Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. Gasser holds a doctoral degree in law, and is currently investigating the pattern of interaction between law and innovation. He is interested in data privacy and security issues. He also focuses on evolving and emerging technologies including cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

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Stephanie Kaiser

is the founder and manager of Heartbeat Labs GmbH, which she has headed since 2017. Although her academic background is in the humanities, she aims to improve and facilitate people’s access to health care, with the help of digital technologies. In 2015 she was involved in starting up two companies producing mobile apps for the health sector.

Ijad Madisch

is a doctor and has also studied IT at the FernUniversität in Hagen. Since 2008 he has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he founded the ResearchGate, a professional online network for scientists. Born in Wolfsburg, Madisch is CEO of the company, which networks more than 13 million members around the globe, allowing users to share the results of their research.

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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

has been Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute since 2010. In this capacity, Mayer-Schönberger, who holds a doctoral degree in law, advises private businesses, governments and international organisations. He investigates the social impacts of the use of big data. When he was only 19, he founded Ikarus Software and developed anti-virus software.

Beth Simone Noveck

studied at Harvard University and went on to obtain a doctorate in political sciences and German literature in Innsbruck. Today she is Professor of Law at New York University, where she has since 2012 headed the Governance Lab that aims to enhance governance programmes. From 2009 to 2011 she served at the White House as the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and was Director of the White House Open Government Initiative.

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Peter Parycek

has since 2017 headed the Competence Center Public IT at Fraunhofer FOKUS, which aims to bring impetus for digitalisation into the public sphere. A specialist in internet law, Parycek is actively involved in the open government movement in the German-speaking world. Since 2015 he has also headed the Department for E-Governance and Administration at the Danube University Krems.

Ada Pellert

has been Rector of the FernUniversität in Hagen (a state-funded distance education university) since 2016. She holds degrees in social sciences and economics and is chair of the board of the cooperation platform "Digitale Hochschule NRW" (bringing together 42 institutes of tertiary education which together explore the challenges of digitalisation and information management). She has worked in university management at a number of universities in German-speaking areas. In 1998 she obtained the qualification of professor in the field of organisational development at the University of Klagenfurt.

Sep 24, 2019