We are very pleased to be able to rely on the assistance of our five advisory board members as of April 2022. They meet twice a year to advise the Data Competence Center for Cities and Regions on its decisions.

The advisory board together with the DKSR management team at the first presence meeting 2022 in Berlin.


Portrait Wilhelm Bauer

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer

Wilhelm Bauer is Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (Fraunhofer IAO). He is responsible for research and implementation projects in the areas of innovation research, technology management, living and working in the future, and Smarter Cities.

  • Member of advisory bodies for politics and industry, including the European Commission’s Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence; co-leader of the Work/Qualification and Human-Machine Interaction Working Group of the Learning Systems Platform.
  • Lecturer at the Universities of Stuttgart and Hannover.
  • Honored by the state of Baden-Württemberg as “Übermorgenmacher” in 2012.

“Offering an open data platform is groundbreaking for the goal of finally scaling the smart city in Germany. At the same time, the joint development of use cases and the exchange in the Urban Data Community enables the central linking of digitization and urban development. DKSR has the potential to sustainably shape the smart city market in Germany and act as an impulse generator based on the research of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.”

Torsten Koß

Torsten Koß is the board member responsible for digital transformation at Dataport.

  • Has been supporting digital developments in the public sector for 30 years, including at federal and state authorities, municipalities and universities.
  • Among other things, he worked as an executive at SAP and at the consulting firm Roland Berger.

“Data use and artificial intelligence are key to increasing the quality of life in cities and regions. In this context, the DKSR is an important initiative to network the various players and promote data use locally. As a member of the advisory board, I look forward to the exchange.”

Nadja Kwaß-Benkow

Nadja Kwaß-Benkow is Director Digital Government at Materna Informations & Comunications SE.

  • She has been working in sales for 20 years with a focus on public administration, with a particular interest in strategic procurement and value methods from a provider perspective.
  • Member of the board at Initiative D21; heads the “AG Datendemokratie” there.
  • Active on the board of bitkom’s Digital Administration Working Group and member of bitkom’s Public Procurement and Public Affairs Working Group.

“I look forward to supporting DKSR as an advisory board member in the important and exciting task of shaping digital data-driven transformation in communities and cities.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Rainer Noenning

Jörg Rainer Noenning is Professor of Digital City Science at Hafencity University Hamburg and Head of Knowledge Architecture at the Laboratory of Knowledge Architecture at TU Dresden.

  • Practiced as an architect in Tokyo in 1998 and 2001.
  • Visiting professorships at several universities abroad, including Universita degli Studi dell l’Aquila, ISEN Toulon, TU Voronezh, and Toyo University Tokyo.
  • Won a number of awards with his books and essays, including the Grand Prix of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).

“DKSR will help German municipalities put value on urban data – opening up entirely new qualities in urban development.”

Brigitte Zypries

Photo: Susie Knoll

Brigitte Zypries, member of the Bundestag from 2005 to 2017, was Federal Minister of Justice from 2002 to 2009 and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy from 2017 to 2018.

  • Studied law; worked for the Wiesbaden State Chancellery, the Federal Constitutional Court, the Lower Saxony State Chancellery and the Lower Saxony Ministry for Women, Labor and Social Affairs.
  • After further positions, she was responsible for information technology, foreign trade, and as coordinator of the federal government for aerospace.

“Das DKSR hilft Kommunen, digitale Anwendungen auf open source Technologie zu entwickeln und zu nutzen. Eine wichtige Aufgabe, die ich gerne unterstütze, ist doch eine funktionierende Gemeinde die Basis unseres Zusammenlebens”