Thomas MAGEDANZ is founding member of DLC and since February 2022 acting as the managing director of the board. Prof. Magedanz is a globally recognized technology coach for advanced information and communication technologies and strategic advisor for product portfolio innovation for several companies around the world.
Prof. Magedanz has been working since more than 35 years in the field of convergence of fixed and mobile telecommunications (FMC), the internet and information technologies, managing numerous strategic studies and proof of concept implementations for innovative and disruptive service delivery platforms (SDPs, APIs), multimedia applications (IMS, RCS, VoLTE) and converged software-defined network implementations (EPC, 5G, SDN, NFV) based on Service Oriented Architecture principles and Cloud Computing technologies for major operators, network equipment manufacturers, integrators, and IT companies around the globe. Since 2010, focussed on the emerging Internet of Things (IOT) and related machine to machine (M2M) platforms and services and integrating these with the aforementioned technologies in the context of emerging 5G infrastructures and the industrial internet. Since 2019 he is mainly concentrating on emerging private 5G Campus and Enterprise networks being globally considered as the innovation drivers for 5G evolution and emerging 6G networks.
Since 2003 he is a full Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences faculty at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks. In addition. he acts since 2002 as director of the Software-based Networks division at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, Germany.
Gerd SCHÜRMANN is a founding member of DLC and acted as deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin where he led the Service Center for Innovation Management until mid 2017.
Until 2013 he led the Competence Centre for ‚Electronic Government and Applications‘ at Fraunhofer FOKUS and managed the eGovernment Business Field. Here he was responsible for the introduction of the new German Identity card. He was working in and leading several national and international research projects in the area of distributed multimedia applications, Open Systems Interconnection and Open Distributed Processing (ODP). He worked in the telecom area, in particular TINA based service platforms, distributed object technology and mobile middleware and strategic eGovernment projects. He was managing plenty of strategic studies and proof of concept implementations for service oriented platform implementations (SOA) with emphasis on interoperability. Gerd Sch¨rmann has been actively participating in national and international standardisation and various program committees of conferences and workshops. He received his M.Sc. in informatics (1978) from the Technical University Berlin (TUB).
Berthold BUTSCHER was founding member of DLC and acted as chair of the board from 2015 until January 2022 when he surprisingly passed away. Berthold Butscher also acted as Business Angel and CEO for several startup companies. From 1990 until end of 2013 he acted as Executive Vice Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin. From 1986 to 1998 he led the section ‚Integrated Communication Systems‘ at Deutsche Telekom Berkom in Berlin.
His working topics have been Home Networks and Ambient Intelligence, Network Convergence and Services. Berthold Butscher was also member and speaker of the Communications and Distributed Systems Group of the German Informatics Society and a member of the Research Committee Münchner Kreis. He hold a degree in Electrotechnics and Informatics from University of Applied Science, Konstanz and Technical University Berlin, Germany.
Bernd MAHR was founding member of DLC and acted as the managing director of the board until spring 2015, when he passed away. Bernd Mahr was Professor at the Technical University Berlin until 2013 and head of the research group on Formal Models, Logic and Programming (FLP) in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Faculty.
He led large research and development projects in the fields of Telemedicine, Artificial Intelligence (KIT) and Telecommunication Applications (Fireball). He was active in numerous EC Projects and founded IKV++ Technologies AG of which he was CEO for ten years. He was Vice President of the Society of Friends of TU Berlin and Director of the Integrated Graduate Program of the TU Berlin H-C3 Initiative. He was a consultant to the Berlin Government and Administration for many years, and is now actively taking part in initiatives and projects for international cooperation in higher education (Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, and Algeria).