We are the bidt

Executive Committee

The executive committee prepares the strategic decisions of the board of directors and ensures their implementation.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Pretschner

Chairman of bidt's Board of Directors and the Executive Commitee | Chair of Software & Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich | Scientific director, fortiss

Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid

Member of bidt's Board of Directors and the Executive Commitee | Member of the Bavarian AI Council | Head of Cognitive Systems Group, University of Bamberg

Board of Directors

The board of directors boasts a team of highly qualified professors from diverse disciplines and institutions in Bavaria, who play a crucial role in shaping the organisation’s strategic direction and actively engage in research projects.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Felix Freiling

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Chair of Computer Science 1 (IT Security Infrastructures), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Prof. Dr. Dirk Heckmann

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Chair of Law and Security in Digital Transformation, Technical University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hess

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Director of the Institute for Digital Management and New Media, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf

Member of bidt's Board of Directors, Chair of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Legal Theory, Information and Computer Science Law | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Julian Nida-Rümelin

Member of bidt's Board of Directors, Professor emeritus of Philosophy and Political Theory | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich

Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeiffer

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Chair of Sociology Technology – Labor – Society, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Prof. Dr. Hannah Schmid-Petri

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Chair of Science Communication, University of Passau

Executive Management and Heads of Department

The managing directors connect the team, board of directors and society. The heads of department manage the constant interdisciplinary and interdepartmental exchange that characterises the work of the bidt.

Dr. Christoph Egle

Managing Director, bidt

Dr. Stephan Jäger

Deputy Managing Director & Head of Organisation, Finance, Human Resources & IT, bidt

Dr. Margret Hornsteiner

Head of Communications and Dialogue, bidt

Dr. Roland A. Stürz

Head of Think Tank, bidt


Within the bidt, scientists conduct research in an interdisciplinary context on socially relevant issues related to digitalisation. The coordinators ensure the integration and coordination of internal and funded projects and support the researchers in furthering their qualification and career development.

Kevin Altmann

Researcher, bidt

Fay Carathanassis

Researcher, bidt

Dr. Christina Dieckhoff

Research Coordinator, bidt

Steliyana Doseva

Researcher, bidt

Julia Düsing

Associated Researcher, bidt

Dr. Jan Gogoll

Researcher, bidt

PD Dr. Angela Graf

Research Coordinator and Research Project Leader, bidt

Janina Hamann

Researcher, bidt

Anna Kiemer

Researcher, bidt

Lea Müller

Researcher, bidt

Jan Schillmöller

Associated Researcher, bidt

Klaus Staudacher

Researcher, bidt

Dr. Maria Staudte

Research Coordinator, bidt

Michael Stehling

Research Coordinator, bidt

Dr. Mena Teebken

Researcher, bidt

Dr. Andreas Wenninger

Research Coordinator, bidt

Dr. Niina Zuber

Researcher, bidt

Think Tank

The bidt think tank imparts an independent, facts-based picture of the digital transformation. The team equips decision-makers in politics, business and society with suggestions and recommendations on how to manage digital transformation successfully.

Dr. Micha Fischer

Researcher, bidt

Danilo Harles

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Ulrike Mendel

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Antonia Schlude

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Mara Schwind

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Christian Stumpf

Researcher Think Tank, bidt


The bidt encourages an open exchange between research, politics, business, and society is at the heart of the bidt. The dialogue team prepares scientific results for the public and communicates them through various channels.

Katharina Hundhammer

Assistant of Communications and Dialogue, bidt

Leonie Liebich

Science Communication Manager, bidt

Vivien Lingelbach

Science Communication Manager, bidt

Verena Urmann

Science Communication Manager, bidt

Nicole Wloka

Policy Advisor & Cooperation Manager, bidt

Larissa Wöll

Science Communication Manager, bidt

Organisation, Finance, HR

The colleagues are responsible for finance and human resources management. They ensure the optimal organisational processes necessary for the success of the bidt’s mission.

Maria Basarab

Maria Basarab

Funding & Grant Management, bidt

Martina Klein

HR & Office Management, bidt

Alexander Künzner

Financial Administrator and Accountant, bidt

Gülden Kumpf

Financial Administrator and Accountant, bidt

Michaela Schneider

Financial Administrator and Accountant, bidt

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