We are pursuing an interdisciplinary approach at SISS2k17, which is why we invited both researchers and practitioners. Please know that we will update our speakers list continuously.

Here’s a little peek into which speakers you can expect during SISS2k17:

Prof Dr Peter Buxmann (Technische Universität Darmstadt)


Peter Buxmann is the head of the Chair of Software Business & Information Management at TU Darmstadt, board member of the “House of IT”, and head of HIGHEST (Home of Innovation, GrowtH, EntrepreneurShip and Technology Management). Peter got his doctoral degree and habilitation from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Before starting his tenure at TU Darmstadt, he worked as Professor for Management Information Systems at the Department of Law and Economics at Technische Universität Freiberg. His research addresses the economics of the software and social media industry, information management, and the digital tranformation of business.

Prof Dr Hanna Krasnova (University of Potsdam)


Hanna Krasnova is a professor at the Chair of Business Informatics Social Media and Data Science at the University of Potsdam. Hanna has got her doctoral degree and habilitation from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany, and was previously employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland. In her research she addresses the issues of social, individual and enterprise value of the emerging social media applications. She is the author of over 40 research articles published in the Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Information Technology (JIT), Journal of Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI / BISE), Identity in the Information Society Journal, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) as well as other IS conferences. Her recent research about Facebook envy has been awarded the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik in 2013 and has been covered by all major news outlets worldwide, including CNN, NBC, and REUTERS. Hanna has also been awarded a prize from the Dalle Molle Foundation for her research ideas on the link between social media use and depression among adolescents.

Jan Spittka (DLA Piper UK LLP)

Spittka Jan

Before joining DLA Piper in 2016 Jan Spittka has been working as a lawyer for an international law firm in Düsseldorf in the field of privacy and data protection as well as cybersecurity (2012-2010). During his legal traineeship Jan worked inter alia for a German data protection authority and for the Privacy and Information Management practice group of an international law firm in Washington, D.C. Before, Jan worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law of the University of Münster on a research project on the history of data protection (2008-2010).

Dr Ruilin Zhu (University Lancaster)

Ruilin Zhu LUMS

Ruilin Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Lancaster University Management School, and serves as the Deputy Director of MSc Programme in Information Technology, Management & Organisational Change. His research focuses on information systems security (ISSec) and privacy concerns. Specifically, he leverages the traditional technical view through integrating behavioural, economic, and legal perspectives in order to understand ISSec phenomena. His academic work builds on previous ISSec expertise gained from working for leading financial and banking institutions and international organisation, and being a visiting scholar at a number of prominent academic institutions in the UK, the USA, and Australia.

Dr Lena Bernhofer (Entrepreneur, Maison Gern)

Lena Bernhofer

Lena Bernhofer is the founder and CEO of Maison Gern a coffee/ ecommerce business (www.maisongern.com). Before starting her own business, Lena worked as a strategic consultant for Capgemini doing projects in the field of digital transformation, innovation management and entrepreneurship. Lena holds a Dr. degree in entrepreneurship education from Tongji University, Shanghai; her research focused on entrepreneurial intentions of students and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Based on her expertise Lena has advised and worked with several entrepreneurship centers worldwide. Furthermore, Lena has practical experience with innovation departments of large corporates and startups in the Silicon Valley and Beijing.

Dr Roland Rieke (Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer SIT)


Roland Rieke obtained his PhD from Philipps-University Marburg. His thesis was awarded the GFFT prize “Best Dissertation 2015”.  His research interests are focused on safety and security for connected cars, predictive security analysis, operational models for actionable security strategies, and construction principles for scalable systems.

Roland works as a senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology. He has served as research director for the large-scale European project MASSIF (MAnagement of Security information and events in Service InFrastructures). He has been member of the strategy board of Effects+ (European Framework for Future Internet Compliance, Trust, Security and Privacy through effective clustering) and he was also member of the steering committee of the Applications). Roland is member of the ERCIM working group on Security and Trust Management.

Martina Dopfer (Post-doctoral Researcher, HIIG)

Martina Dopfer is a post-doctoral researcher at HIIG since 2014 and organizes Startup Clinics to Business Model Innovation in collaboration with the Berlin-based Factory. The focus of her doctoral thesis is laid upon Business Model Innovation for Startups with a focus to finally structure it successfully.

Prior to this, Martina studied Cultural-and Communication Management (BA) at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany and later on Management and Consulting (MA) at Lancaster University, Great Britain.

Martina gained her professional experience in various areas and companies: She worked in Marketing at Holtzbrinck Macmillan in New York (2008), in Strategic Development at Daimler AG in Berlin (2009), as trainee of the management board of Deutsche Telekom AG in Bonn (20011-2012) and in Business Development and Sales in the Berlin-based startup deltamethod GmbH (2013).

Volkmar Lotz (Head of Product Security Research, SAP)

Volkmar Lotz has more than 25 years experience in industrial research on Security and Software Engineering. He is heading SAP’s Product Security Research, a group of 35+ researchers investigating into applied research and innovative security solutions for modern software platforms, networked enterprises and cloud-based applications, covering the whole development and product life cycle. The group defines and executes SAP’s security research agenda in alignment with SAP’s business strategy and global research trends.

Volkmar has published numerous scientific papers in his area of interest and is regularly serving on Programme Committees of internationally renowned conferences. He has been supervising various European projects, including large-scale integrated projects. Volkmar holds a diploma in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern. His current research interests include Service Security, Data-centric Security, Security Engineering, Formal Methods and Compliance.

Alex Wyllie (Entrepreneur, IT Seal)

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Alex Wyllie is one of three founders of IT-Seal GmbH, a Darmstadt based cyber security startup which specialized in phishing prevention. In 2015 Alex graduated with M.Sc. from the TU Darmstadt and went straight from university into building up a scalable tech company.

Jörg Daubert

Jörg Daubert

Jörg Daubert studied computer science with a focus on IT management until 2011. In 2016, he obtained his Ph.D. with the thesis on “Anonymous Publish/Subscribe Overlays” at Technische Universität in Darmstadt. Since 2014 he is acting as Area Head of the “Secure Smart Infrastructures” group; since 2016 he is joint PostDoc and Area Head of the “Smart Protection in Infrastructures and Networks” (SPIN) group with 9 researchers within the Telecooperation Lab under Prof. Mühlhäuser in Darmstadt. Starting 2016, Jörg Daubert is also coordinating the research training group (doctoral college) “Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users” with 11 Ph.D. student positions.

Jörg Daubert also worked in industrial research for AGT International, a major industry player in Internet of Things and data analytics, from 2011 to 2015 and is freelancing as an IT consultant from 2011 onwards.