Prof. Michael Rotert
Honorary President

tel.: +49 (221) 7000 48 - 0


  • Economics and OR/IT studies at the University of Karlsruhe

Professional Career

  • Technical Head of the Data Center of the Department of Informatics, University of Karlsruhe
  • Establishment of Internet connections in Germany (1984), France (1986), and China (1990)
  • Founder and Managing Director of the Internet service provider Xlink, later KPNQwest
  • Senior Vice President Research & Development KPNQwest, Amsterdam
  • Managing Director of various service providers
  • Managing Director and owner of a provider of free WLAN

Memberships, Mandates, and Committees

  • Since 1981, lecturer in Informatics at Karlsruhe Technical College
  • Founding member of Internet Society, DE-NIC, and other Internet bodies
  • Expert for the European Commission, CoE, UN, ITU, and US Dept. of Commerce
  • Honorary Professor of Informatics at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • Since 2000, Chairman of eco e.V. – Association of the Internet Industry
  • Honorary Spokesman for EuroISPA (European Internet Service Provider Association)
  • Member of the Presidium of BITMI (German Federal Association of IT SMEs)
  • Member of numerous committees and advisory councils (German G8 delegation member High Tech Cybercrime, committee member of the Science Council, European Audiovisual Observatory (Council of Europe), Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI, Council of Europe) etc.)