Ulrich Baumgartner is one of the most experienced specialists in data protection and privacy law in the German market. He has been recognized as a leading name in data protection law (Legal 500, 2022) and a highly sought-after advisor (JUVE Magazine, 2020). He is the author of numerous specialist books, a regular speaker and the IAPP region leader for the DACH region. Baumgartner brings almost two decades of practical experience in privacy law and IT law. After establishing the respected German data protection practice of Osborne Clarke, he was most recently partner and head of the German data protection practice at Allen & Overy before co-founding the specialist boutique law firm Baumgartner Baumann.
Marit Hansen has been Schleswig-Holstein’s state data protection commissioner and the chief of the state’s data protection authority, Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz, since 2015. Before being appointed as commissioner, she had been deputy commissioner for seven years. Within the Schleswig-Holstein DPA, she established the Privacy Technology Projects Division and the Innovation Center for Privacy and Security.
Since her diploma in computer science in 1995, she has been working on privacy and security. Hansen's focus is on data protection by design and data protection by default from both technical and legal perspectives. She often gives talks and has lectured at various universities and academies.
Hansen was member of the Data Ethics Commission of the German government.
Hansen is married with two children. She does not belong to a political party.
In April 2020, Karlstad University awarded Hansen an honorary doctorate for her contribution on data protection by design.
After completing the second state examination in law, Tobias Keber worked as a lawyer from 2003 to 2009. At the same time, he took on teaching assignments in the field of media law at the Technical University of Braunschweig and the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, particularly in the years 2007 to 2009. In 2009, he returned to the University of Mainz as a research assistant and received his doctorate there in 2012, with a dissertation on international law. Since 2012, Keber has held a professorship for media law and media policy at the Media University in Stuttgart and lecturer in the media law master’s program at the Mainz Media Institute for international media law and data protection law.
Dieter Kugelmann studied at the universities of Mainz and Dijon and received his doctorate in European media law. He is author of numerous publications, particularly focused on the European fundamental rights, European law, media law, security law and data protection law. In 2008, he became a fully tenured professor at the German Police University with a specialization for public law with a focus on police law including international and European law. In 2015, he was elected state commissioner for the protection of data and the freedom of information of Rhineland-Palatinate. He is the editor of a commentary on the data protection law of Rhineland-Palatinate and co-editor of a commentary on the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
Michael Will was appointed P president of the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision for a period of five years on 1 February 2020. He was born in Kronach in 1968, is married and is the father of one child.
After studying law in Würzburg and completing his legal clerkship in Bamberg, he began his professional career as an administrative lawyer in the service of the Free State of Bavaria in 1995. Moving to the Supreme Building Authority in the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior in 1997 and to the Bavarian State Chancellery in 2000, Will then took over as head of the Department for Public Safety and Order in the Landshut District Office in 2002. In 2006, he returned to the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior as an advisor in the field of road law at the Supreme Construction Authority.
In 2009, Will was appointed head of the data protection department at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior for Sport and Integration. He also held the office of official data protection officer there and was a member of the Bavarian State Parliament's Data Protection Commission.
On behalf of the Bundesrat, he accompanied the entire negotiations of a EU- Council Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection on the EU General Data Protection Regulation from 2012 to 2015. He also performed the duties of the country observer in the committee pursuant to Article 93 of the GDPR, which is involved in the adoption of adequacy decisions by the European Commission.