Markus Kommenda has more than 35 years of experience in various positions connected to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research. After studying electrical engineering and computer science, he was a research assistant at the Vienna University of Technology, where he also obtained his PhD. He was a regular visiting researcher at the Centre National d’Études des Télécommunications (CNET) in Lannion, France, and later became a scientific advisor for France Télécom CNET. From 1994 to 1996, he acted as national contact point for the EU R&D programmes in the ICT field. From 1996 to 1999 he worked for Kapsch, an international corporation specializing in ICT, where he led research in speech processing. From 1997 he was in charge of setting up the Telecommunications Research Centre Vienna (ftw.), which he headed from its foundation until 2008. In 2009, he joined the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, where he is currently responsible for strategic partnerships in the Center for Digital Safety and Security.