Prof. Michael Rotert studied business science at the University of Karlsruhe, specialising in OR / informatics. In addition to the professional experience he gained inter alia as the founder and Executive Director of Xlink, one of the first internet access providers in Germany, as Executive Director and Senior Vice-President of KPNQWest, as Executive Director of various different Internet service providers, he has an extensive academic background.
Before he started at Xlink, Michael Rotert worked at the University of Karlsruhe. In 1985, he implemented the first Internet connection at a German university. In June 1999, Michael Rotert was awarded the title of Honorary Professor in the field of informatics at the University of Karlsruhe, at which he has taught regularly since 1981.
Through his work at various national and international bodies, Prof. Rotert is committed to providing intensive support for the success of the Internet. Since 2000, he is Chairman of eco (German ISP association), and has been President (2003-2007) and Vice President (2008-2009) of EuroISPA (European Internet Services Providers Association), and industrial speaker of the German delegation of the G8 Cybercrime group. He also works as an expert for the CoE, EU, UN, ITU and the U.S. Department of Commerce.