A Gaia-X Management Board with six members (Chair, Vice-Chair) and six deputies was elected as the central steering body for the Gaia-X Hub Austria. Contact our Board Members for more specific questions.
Helmut Leopold has more than 30 years of management experience in the field of digitalisation. He heads the Center for Digital Safety & Security at the AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology) with research focuses on key technologies such as data science, artificial intelligence, cyber security, quantum technologies and secure software systems. As head of technology at Telekom Austria, he was responsible for the company's digitalisation transformation into a modern multimedia company. In this way, he played a key role in driving the introduction of broadband Internet and decisively shaped Austria as a digital location. Today, Mr. Leopold has been awarded international innovation prizes and state prizes as a digitisation expert. He was Chairmen of the Broadband Services Forum (BSF) in San Francisco, USA, he is the initiator and main organiser of the International Digital Security Forum (IDSF) and he chairs various expert groups. Helmut Leopold was born in Hohenems, Vorarlberg. After graduating from the HTL for electronics and communications engineering in Rankweil, Vorarlberg, he studied computer science at the Vienna University of Technology and earned a doctorate in philosophy in computer science at Lancaster University in England.
Mario Drobics is Head of Competence Unit for Cooperative Digital Technologies at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria in 2005. Since 2007 he has been working at the Center for Digital Safety & Security at AIT. His research focuses on various aspects of digitalisation, including interoperability, security, IoT and data analysis. He focuses on the application in different domains such as public safety, manufacturing and health. Dr Drobics is the leader of a working group on IoT Security at OVE-GIT, a member of the AIOTI Alliance and a member of the national ISO/IEC JTC1-SG41 (IoT) working group.
Georg Hahn is Secretary General of OSSBIG Austria and shareholder of Business Design OG. He is also a member of the Management Board of the GAIA-X Hub Austria. He holds a degree in Business Informatics from the University of Vienna.
Hahn started his professional career at Nixdorf Computer. From 1996 to 2001 he was on the board of Netway Communications AG. At the same time, he was President of the Internet Service Provider Association (ISPA) and on the Advisory Board of the Austrian Web Analysis (ÖWA).
In the period from 2002 to 2013, he was first Chief Operating Officer of Raiffeisen Informatik GmbH and later Managing Director of Raiffeisen Solution GmbH.
Since 2014, Hahn has been co-owner of Business Design OG and Secretary General of OSJBIG Austria since 2018.
With the Institute for Interactive Systems & Data Science (ISDS) at Graz University of Technology and the Know-Center (Austria's Innovation Center for Trustworthy AI & Data), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt heads two institutions that together bundle more than 250 computer scientists, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) specialists as well as data scientists into a critical mass of talent and make it available for the Austrian economic system. At EU level, she is involved in many initiatives (e.g. BDVA, EOSC, European Data Spaces, EDIHs/DIHs, ADRA, HPC, ...) and links them in Austria. She is also a member of the board of the Data Intelligence Offensive (DIO).
Stefanie received her Habilitation from TU Graz, her M.S. and Ph.D. (all in Computer Science) from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA). She has published more than 200 papers in journals and conferences, accompanying 6 habilitations and over 24 dissertations.
Roland Sommer has been managing director of the association Industrie 4.0 Austria - the platform for intelligent production - since October 2015. In this role, he deals with many aspects of digitalisation around production. One focus is the secure and sovereign exchange of data along value chains. He is also a lecturer at FH Wieselburg and FH Kufstein.
He holds degrees from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences and the University of London. Sommer started his professional career at Technologie-Impulse Gesellschaft (now part of FFG), was responsible for research and innovation policy at the Federation of Austrian Industries and then Director of Public Affairs at AVL.
Michael Fälbl works as a project manager for the Austrian Platform Industry 4.0. As such, he coordinates and accompanies various national and European projects of the association. In addition, he is in charge of the topics of research, development and innovation, new business models and cycle-oriented production.
Fälbl's area of responsibility includes cooperation with important global and European technology developments and the derivation of implications for Austrian industry. Cross-company data exchange and the associated initiatives (especially Gaia-X) are a focus of the Industry 4.0 platform.
Christian Tauber is responsible for innovation and venture scaling in the field of digital platforms at K-Businesscom AG.
He holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology and an MBA from LIMAK Austrian Business School. He also completed postgraduate training, for example at the Stanford Graduate School for Business.
Tauber started his professional career in the innovation department of Infineon Technologies Austria in the development of digital hardware and software. From 2017, he went through a management graduate programme in various key positions at the Kapsch Group in Austria and the USA. During his studies, he was also involved in the founding phase of a prop tech to revolutionise the marketing and search of real estate.
Gerald Steiner is a division manager at APA-Tech and responsible for the Managed Services division. He is also a member of the Management Board of the GAIA-X Hub Austria. He holds a degree in Technical Computer Science from the University of Mittweida and an MBA from the Executive Academy of WU in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Mr Steiner started his professional career at ÖBB. Until 2013, Mr Steiner then worked for various international industries such as Wienerberger and Swarovski worldwide and worked as an expert witness for the Austrian judiciary until 2020. Since 2019, Mr Steiner has been a member of the management board of APA-Tech.
Ing.in Brigitte Lutz, MSc works in the City of Vienna's Municipal Directorate in the Office of the CIO.
In her professional career, she has been an IT expert for various areas, project manager, senior process manager (SPcM) and e-government expert. She is the Data Governance Coordinator for the City of Vienna, responsible for coordinating the Open Government Competence Centre Vienna and the Digital Twin of the City of Vienna. Other areas of responsibility include data analytics, document management and e-government building blocks and services.
Brigitte Lutz is a founding member and currently spokesperson for Cooperation Open Government Data (OGD) Austria and is responsible for national and international cooperation in this area.
Annette Trawnicek has been Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Austria since November 2017. Data management, data maturity and data architectures have been core topics of the organisation for many years.
Annette Trawnicek holds a Master's degree in Economics from WU Vienna and a specialisation in Marketing from Universitá Commerciale Bocconi, Milan. With HP/HPE since 2004, she has held various positions in CEE and Austria in the areas of sales management, business development, consulting and business management.
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