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Short Biographies of the Speakers

Thomas Dübendorfer

Thomas Dübendorfer is currently a software engineer tech lead at Google, Zurich, Switzerland and teaches "Network Security" as lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich. He holds the CISSP security professional certification and is the president of the Information Security Society Switzerland ISSS. He has earned a Ph.D. and a M.S. degree with honors with distinction from ETH Zurich. He holds the ETH teaching diploma (Höheres Lehramt).
His areas of expertise include information security, electronic payment systems, and Internet technologies. He has served in a variety of consulting, development, research and teaching roles at ETH Zurich, Hewlett-Packard Labs (USA), Netcetera AG (Zurich), Telekurs Payserv AG (Zurich), major Swiss banks, government, army and courts.

Marko Bonac

Marko Bonac is the Director of ARNES, the Slovenian national research and education network (NREN). When he joined the organisation in 1992 he was the sole employee: now there are 37 highly qualified experts.
From 1981 to 1992 he has been working as a researcher and project leader in many projects in the field of computer networks.
From 2001 to 2005 Marko served on the Management Committee of CEENet (Central and Eastern European Networking Association), which participated in projects financed by NATO's Science Program in less developed countries.
In 2007 Marko was elected to the Executive Committees of the GEANT2 project and of the multi-Gigabit European Network GN2, in the Sixth Framework Programme. He is a board member of EURid, a not-for-profit organisation established in Belgium and selected by the European Commission to operate the new .eu top level domain. He is also an elected member of the management board of SISPA (Association of Slovenian Internet Service Providers).
He was a member of the Steering Committee for the SERENATE project, which produced a series of strategic studies into the future of research and education networking in Europe. The project started in May 2002 and was completed in December 2003.
Marko was elected to the Executive Committee of TERENA in 2003, serving as 'Member at Large' for an initial three year period before being re-elected for a second term.

Christoph Witzig

Christoph Witzig is the team leader of the middleware group at SWITCH, the national research and education network of Switzerland. The activities of the middleware group comprise among other things the Shibboleth-based authentication and authorization infrastructure of Switzerland as well as grid activities. SWITCH is a partner in EGEE-2, where it is involved in JRA1 security. Christoph Witzig currently holds the position of security architect in EGEE-II/III".
Christoph Witzig holds a degree in high energy physics from ETH Zurich, obtained his PhD while working at CERN and worked for several years at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. He held various positions in the commercial sector before joining SWITCH in spring 2005.

Rupert Lück

Rupert Lück is the Head of IT Services EMBL.
At EMBL Rupert Lück is responsible for IT infrastructure, service operations and solutions development at the EMBL headquarters in Heidelberg and the site in Rome. Within the organization he is also a main contributor to the evolving IT platform for identity management and advanced cross-site collaboration within EMBL and with the life science community. Dr. Lück joined EMBL in 2005 coming from LION bioscience where he had IT management responsibility on an international level for more than seven years. As Head of Global IT Systems he was responsible for building LION's IT infrastructure including the high performance computing centers at the German headquarters and the integration of the company's seven international sites. In 2004 he became General Manager for LION's Professional Services organization taking over development and business responsibility for a novel collaboration platform for drug development in the pharma industry.
Prior to joining LION, Dr. Lück had several IT consulting positions, e.g. with Lufthansa Systems. He holds a degree and PhD from the University of Düsseldorf.

Hermann Lederer

Dr. Hermann Lederer is head of application support at Garching Computing Centre (RZG) of the Max Planck Society. He received a diploma in physics from the University of Munich and a PhD in Natural Sciences from the Technical University of Munich. After a post-doc position at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry with research stays at Institut Laue-Langevin, Risoe National Laboratory and DESY, he took a position at RZG. After a group leader position for workstations and applications, he became head of the high performance applications group and project manager at RZG for supercomputing projects of the Max Planck Society. In the EU DEISA project he is leader of the Applications Task Force and leader for the Joint Research Activities in Materials Science and in Plasma Physics.

Christoph Graf

Christoph Graf is Head of Network Security for SWITCH. He graduated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1986 and worked for four years as a designer of integrated circuits with Philips. Christoph joined SWITCH in 1991 as an application engineer and later rejoined SWITCH in 1998 as head of security and system administration. He now is responsible for the security department, which hosts the CERT, middleware and grid activities of SWITCH. He leads GEANT2's research activities in the area of network security and is the Vice-President Technical Programme of Terena since June 2007.

Kento Aida

Kento Aida received Dr. Eng. in electrical engineering from Waseda University in 1997. He became a research associate at Waseda University in 1992. He joined Tokyo Institute of Technology and became a research scientist in 1997, an assistant professor in 1999, and an associate professor in 2003, respectively. He was a research scholar at the Information and Computer Sciences Department, University of Hawaii in 2007. He is now a professor at National Institute of Informatics and a visiting professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology from 2007.

Bill Feiereisen

Bill Feiereisen is Chief Technologist of Los Alamos National Laboratory and devotes much of his time to scientific HPC. He was formerly the Division Director of the Computer and Computational Sciences Division at Los Alamos and before that the head of the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center. He holds a Doctorate and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
He is active in the broader computer science community, serving on the editorial board of IEEE Computers in Science and Engineering, as the chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Open Grid Forum. He is a founding member of the New Mexico Computing Applications Center where he is temporarily attached to Governor Bill Richardson's Office at the State of New Mexico.

Kyriakos Baxevanidis

Mr. Kyriakos Baxevanidis is the Deputy Head of the Research Infrastructures Unit, DG INFSO of the European Commission. The Unit supports the provision of high-capacity and high-speed communications network (GEANT) and specific high performance Grid-enabled and/or data-intensive advanced infrastructures (EGEE; DEISA, DRIVER), by exploiting enlarged co-operation with corresponding national and international initiatives. Mr. Baxevanidis has particular involvement in the coordination of the policy related activities of the Unit and in the shaping, implementation and further evolution of the EU e-Infrastructure concept. Before joining the Commission, he worked for several years in Siemens in the field of telecommunication systems as an engineer and leader of a development group. He holds degrees from the Aristotle University of Greece and from Carnegie-Mellon University, US.

Matthias Kaiserswerth

Since January 2006 Matthias Kaiserswerth leads the IBM Research Strategy in Systems Management and Compliance, coordinating the research work across IBM's eight global research laboratories. In addition in June 2006, he was reappointed director of the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory.
From 2002 until the end of 2005 he was the Managing Director of an IBM Integrated Account, where he was responsible for the total global business between IBM and a large international power and automation company headquartered in Switzerland.
In 2000 Matthias Kaiserswerth became the director of IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory. He was responsible there for some 200 researchers in the field of physical sciences, communications technology, and computer science. Additional responsiblities were for the IBM Zurich Industry Solutions Lab where IBM hosts customers to meet with its researchers to discuss future technology and emerging business trends. From 1997 through 1999, Dr. Kaiserswerth was on assignment at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center where he lead the networking software and security research. In addition, he was responsible for setting IBM Research's global security research strategy and starting IBM efforts in the emerging field of privacy technology research.
From 1988 through 1997 he worked as a Research Staff Member in the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory on various research projects ranging from high-performance communication systems to message brokering in a medical environment. Most recently, he worked on smart cards and Java security, which lead to the OpenCard industry standard for using smart cards in a Java environment and Visa's Java Cardtm Price Breakthrough program based on the IBM Zurich Research JCOP platform.
Dr. Kaiserswerth received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and from Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany respectively. He is an honorary professor at Friedrich-Alexander University where he teaches applied computer science.

Fabrizio Gagliardi

Dr. Fabrizio Gagliardi is Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America director for scientific and technical computing in External Research, at Microsoft Research Corporation. He joined Microsoft in November 2005 after a long career at CERN, the world leader laboratory for particle physics in Geneva, Switzerland.
There he held several technical and managerial positions since 1975: Director of the EU Grid project EGEE (2004-2005); Director of the EU Data-Grid project (2001-2004); head of mass storage services (1997-2000); Leader of the EU project GPMIMD2 (1993-1996).
Dr. Gagliardi is co-founder and member of the International Advisory Committee of the Open Grid Forum.
Dr. Gagliardi has a Doctor degree in Computer Science, granted by the University of Pisa in 1974.
He is IEEE member since 1985.

Mauro Campanella

Mauro Campanella graduated in phyiscs in 1985. He is an employee of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Italy since 1991. He is at present working full time for the Italian NREN (GARR, of which he has been one of the original engineers) as responsible of the research activities.
He started working on computers and networks in 1984 as system and network manager and is participating since then to European research and development in networking.
He is one of the creator of the Premium IP QoS service and created the architecture of the Bandwidth on Demand service of GEANT2 (AutoBAHN).
Since 1 Jan 2008 he acts as coordinator of the EC Reserach Infrastructures project FEDERICA, which aims at creating a European infrastructure for new internet research using system and network virtualization.
He spent one year at CISCO systems between the years 1999 and 2000 and lives north of Milano in Italy.