Speakers

Plenary Keynote Speakers
Dr. Michael Bolle

Bosch GmbH

Lip-Bu Tan

Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Peter Riedel

Rohde & Schwarz

Carsten Ahrens

G+D Mobile Security

John Cioffi

Assia Inc.

Peter Stuckmann

European Commission

Eric Starkloff

National Instruments

Muriel Médard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wolfgang Hackenberg

Nokia

Kerstin Grosse

KOMSA Kommunikation Sachsen

Diego Schierle

FLÜGELaeronautics

Gary Patton

GlobalFoundries

Guido Beckmann

Beckhoff Automation

Dr. Hans-Peter Petry

German Center for Satellite Communications
President

Magnus Frodigh

Erricsson

Thyaga Nandagopal

CCF

Wen Tong

Huawei

Yuichi Nakamura

NEC

Philipp von Schierstädt

Infineon

Henning Schulzrinne

Columbia University

Bernhard Niemann

Fraunhofer IIS

Amitava Ghosh

Nokia Bell Labs

Chih-Lin I

China Mobile

Michael Peeters

imec

Paul Wheelhouse

Scottish Government

Thomas Schmidt

Saxon State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture

Keynote Speaker: Michael Bolle

has been a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH since July 1, 2018. As chief digital office and chief technology officer, he is responsible for the corporate sector for research and advance engineering as well as for the internet of things and digitalization (ID) and data processing (IT). His responsibilities also include the Bosch Software Innovations GmbH subsidiary and the corporate departments for technology, intellectual property, and quality management.

Born in Bergheim, Germany, on May 6, 1961, Michael Bolle is married and has four children. After leaving school in 1981, he studied telecommunications at RWTH University of Aachen, taking his diploma examination in 1986. Under the supervision of Alfred Fettweis, professor for telecommunications in the electrical engineering faculty at the University of Bochum, he was awarded a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in 1992.

Keynote Speaker: Lip-Bu Tan

has served as CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. since January 2009 and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since February 2004. He also serves as chairman of Walden International, a venture capital firm he founded in 1987. Prior to founding Walden, Tan was Vice President at Chappell & Co. and held management positions at EDS Nuclear and ECHO Energy.
He is a member of The Business Council and serves on the board of directors of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. and Aquantia Corp., as well as the boards of the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance) and the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA). He also serves on the Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Tan is the recipient of the 2016 GSA Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award.
Tan received an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of San Francisco, and a B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Riedel

After studying electrical engineering and information technology at the Technical University of Munich and completing various internships at Rohde & Schwarz, Peter Riedel joined the company in June 1991 and first served as a development engineer in the Test and Measurement Division.
From July 1997 to November 2005, he headed a lab, where he was in charge of the development of wireless communications T&M systems. During this time he started developing the cooperation with Rohde & Schwarz Singapore.
In December 2005, he took over as Director of R&D, heading the instruments subdivision, and thus assumed responsibility for the development of instruments in the Radiomonitoring and Radiolocation Division. In 2007 he was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of R&S Systems and Communications Asia in Singapore. Under Riedel’s leadership, the setup of the R&D hub of Rohde & Schwarz in Singapore was initiated.
In July 2010, Peter Riedel took over leadership of the Radiomonitoring and Radiolocation Division and became one of the Executive Vice Presidents of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rohde & Schwarz Asia in Singapore.
He has been President and COO of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG since July 2014.

Keynote Speaker: Carsten Ahrens

is Chief Executive Officer of Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security GmbH. Having completed his studies in electrical engineering, he brings more than 20 years of experience in various management positions in national and international telecommunications and IT companies. Prior to his most recent positions as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Mobile Security at Giesecke & Devrient GmbH and as CTO of Funkwerk AG, he served over five years as CEO for the telecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson in the German market. His professional career includes building up business units in leading companies such as Atos Origin and Ericsson.

Keynote Speaker: John Cioffi

CEO – Assia Inc.  BSEE, 1978, Illinois; PhDEE, 1984, Stanford; Bell Laboratories, 1978-1984; IBM Research, 1984-1986; EE Prof., Stanford, 1986-present, now emeritus. Cioffi founded Amati Com. Corp in 1991 (purchased by TI in 1997) and was officer/director from 1991-1997. He currently also is on the Board of Directors of ASSIA (Chairman and CEO), Alto Beam, Tinoq, Collinear, and the Marconi Foundation, while serving several advisory boards. Cioffi’s specific interests are in high-performance digital transmission. Cioffi’s recognition includes: IEEE AG Bell, Kirchmayer, and Millenium Medals (2010, 2014, and 2000); Internet Hall of Fame (2014); Economist Magazine 2010 Innovations Award; International Marconi Fellow (2006); Member, US National and UK Royal Academies of Engineering (2001, 2009); IEEE Kobayashi and Armstrong Awards (2001 and 2013); BBWF Lifetime Achievement (2014), IEEE Fellow (1996); IEE JJ Tomson Medal (2000); 1991 and 2007 IEEE Comm. Mag. best paper; and numerous Conference Best-Paper awards. Cioffi has published over 600 papers and holds over 100 patents, of which many are heavily licensed including key necessary patents for the international standards in ADSL, VDSL, vectored VDSL, G.fast, DSM, LTE, Massive-MIMO, and various Wi-Fi methodologies.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Stuckmann

is managing the European Commission’s policy on 5G communication systems and the related research and innovation programme.
Before his appointment as Head of Unit he was managing the office of the Director General of DG CONNECT, Roberto Viola, coordinating the Commission’s digital policy initiatives. The portfolio included Digital Single Market, Broadband Policy, Telecoms, Media and Online Policy, the Copyright Reform as well as the EU ICT Research and Innovation Programme.
Between 2010 and 2014 he had different roles in the Commission’s telecoms policy Directorate. These included Head of Sector “Spectrum Policy”, penholder of main elements of the Commission proposal on the Telecom Single Market and the Roaming regulation, and the implementation of the EU telecom rules in Germany and Austria.
Between 2005 and 2010 he coordinated the EU R&D programme leading to the 4G mobile communications standards.
Before joining the European Commission in 2004 he has occupied several engineering and management positions in industry, academia and start-ups. He holds engineering and doctoral degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Keynote Speaker: Eric Starkloff

As president and chief operating officer, Eric Starkloff leads NI’s global sales, marketing, and R&D organizations. Starkloff and his team are responsible for identifying the markets to drive growth around NI’s leading software-defined platform and aligning the teams to execute on the growth strategy. His experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering results driven through strategy built on disruptive technology and informed by customer needs.
Since joining NI in 1997, Starkloff has held many leadership positions, including leading the teams that pioneered industry adoption of systems platforms such as PXI and CompactRIO. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of global sales and marketing (2014–2018). In this role, he led NI’s global sales evolution and a more targeted market strategy focused on growth opportunities in the semiconductor; transportation; and aerospace, defense, and government industries.
Starkloff is a thought leader on topics such as the Internet of Things, 5G communications, and autonomous vehicles. He has served on advisory boards for the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia, the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, and the Wireless Networking and Communication Group at The University of Texas at Austin. He works to contribute to the Austin community and was a founding board member of Urban Roots, an Austin-based sustainable agriculture program that transforms the lives of young people.
Starkloff holds a bachelor’s degree with high distinction in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Keynote Speaker: Muriel Médard

is the Cecil H. Green Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT and leads the Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group at the Research Laboratory for Electronics at MIT. She has co-founded two companies to commercialize network coding, CodeOn and Steinwurf. She has served as editor for many publications of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of which she was elected Fellow, and she is currently Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. She was President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2012, and served on its board of governors for eleven years. She has served as technical program committee co-chair of many of the major conferences in information theory, communications and networking.

Keynote Speaker: Wolfgang Hackenberg

is Chairman and Speaker of the Board of Management of Nokia Solutions and Networks GmbH & Co. KG and Country Senior Officer, Germany, since October 6, 2017. In addition, he is responsible for all business of Nokia with Deutsche Telekom as the Head of the Global Account Deutsche Telekom – a role he took on July 1, 2017.
Prior to this role, from 2015 until June 30, 2017, he led the West Europe region in Nokia, which included the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Germany, Benelux, France and UK.
Wolfgang joined Nokia (then NSN) in January 2013 as Head of the Global Account Vodafone, leading the company´s business with Vodafone worldwide.
Prior to joining Nokia, he held a number of senior positions with Alcatel-Lucent. His last position was Vice-President for the Vodafone Global Account. Before that, he was based in Shanghai, China, heading the enterprise business of Alcatel-Lucent in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Japan, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this, he ran the enterprise and strategic industries business in Germany.
Before joining Alcatel-Lucent in 2005, he has worked in sales and product management roles with Siemens, Compaq Computers and Cisco Systems, in the enterprise, public sector and telecommunications services provider markets in Germany and Asia.
Wolfgang grew up in Germany and France and holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge, England. In 2017, he relocated with his family from Paris to Munich.

Keynote Speaker: Kerstin Grosse

As Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, Kerstin Grosse represents KOMSA Kommunikation Sachsen AG, a company specializing in distribution, services and new networked, digitized business processes in the information and communications industry (ict) and at the same time the largest family-owned company in central Germany. Kerstin Grosse has been responsible for Operations & Business Development at its parent company, Derossi Invest GmbH with its four divisions ict, Investment Management in the Family Office, Agriculture and Forestry.
In 2006 she took over the chairmanship of the Forestris AG Supervisory Board. In January 2018 she became Senator of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

Keynote Speaker: Diego Schierle

was born 1988 in Schwäbisch-Hall, Germany and raised in Madrid, Spain. After studying in Germany, he worked on his PhD in mechanical engineering at the German-Aerospace-Center. He founded FLÜGELaeronautics after leaving his first startup and a trip around the world witnessing traffic problems in cities everywhere. He is the winner of the German High-Tech Award and JEC Asia Award.




Keynote Speaker: Gary Patton

is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Design Enablement and Worldwide Research and Development at GlobalFoundries. He is responsible for GF’s semiconductor technology R&D roadmap, operations, and execution.
Prior to joining GF, Dr. Patton was the Vice President of IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center – a position that he held for eight years where he was responsible for IBM’s semiconductor R&D roadmap, operations, execution, and technology development alliances across multiple locations. Dr. Patton is a well-recognized industry leader in semiconductor technology R&D with over 30 years of semiconductor experience.
Dr. Patton received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from UCLA and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and recipient of the 2017 IEEE Frederik Philips Award.
He has co-authored over 70 technical papers, given numerous invited keynote and panel talks at major industry forums, and served on the IEEE Nishizawa Medal and Grove Field Award Committees.

Keynote Speaker: Guido Beckmann 

After completing his dissertation at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Dr. Guido Beckmann joined the automation industry at Lenze’s Strategic Development Communication Department. Later, as head of the Safety department, he was responsible for the development of drive-integrated safety functions.
As a control system architect at Beckhoff Automation, he supports international projects with strategic key customers who place particularly high demands on system solutions for optimising their production machines.
Dr. Beckmann is Chairman of the Technical Committee of the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) and responsible for the international dissemination, maintenance and further development of EtherCAT technology. He has been named as an expert in various IEC working groups for the standardisation of industrial communication systems and safety communication protocols, and he is active member of the 5G ACIA initiative, which serves as the central and global forum for addressing, discussing, and evaluating relevant technical, regulatory, and business aspects with respect to 5G for the industrial domain.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hans-Peter Petry

Dr. Hans-Peter Petry, born 1948, studied Physics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken. He graduated (Diploma and PhD degree) in electrical engineering dealing with low noise synchronous receiver technology. After two years of post-graduate work for the German Research Institute he joined AEG Telefunken, Backnang (later ANT Nachrichtentechnik, Bosch Telecom, Marconi, Ericsson). After several management positions in Engineering dealing with satellite systems, ground stations, terrestrial microwave systems, antennas and traffic guidance systems he became VP Product Management Fixed Wireless Systems in Bosch Telecom, Marconi and Ericsson. In 2006 he left Ericsson and joined Detecon International where he worked as Managing Partner and Head of the Competence Practice Communications Technology mainly dealing with management and technology consulting for broadband mobile networks.

Hans-Peter retired in 2012. He was appointed Member of the Program Committee Communication and Navigation of DLR (German Aerospace Center), joined DeSK in 2011 and was elected President in 2017.

Hans-Peter is author of numerous scientific publications dealing with advanced communication technologies and co-author of Meinke-Gundlach “Taschenbuch der Hochfrequenztechnik”. His hobbies are music (active) and building flight simulators.

Keynote Speaker: Magnus Frodigh

is acting Head of Ericsson Research.
Prior to taking up this position, Magnus was Research Area Director for Network Architecture and Protocols at Ericsson Research, he was responsible for research in network architecture and protocols covering radio networks, transport networks and core networks including network management.
Magnus joined Ericsson in 1994 and has since held various key senior positions within Ericsson’s Research & Development and Product Management focusing on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies.
He was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1964. Magnus holds a Master of Science degree from Linköping University of Technology, Sweden and a Ph.D. in Radio Communication Systems from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2013 Magnus is adjunct Professor at Royal Institute of Technology in Wireless Infrastructures.

Keynote Speaker: Thyaga Nandagopal, CCF

is the Deputy Division Director of the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation. He previously served as a Program Director at the NSF in the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program, where he managed mobile systems and wireless networking research across multiple funding programs with an annual budget of over $50M. At NSF, he is also leading the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program, a $100M effort announced in July 2016. He also serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government. He is an IEEE Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Keynote Speaker: Wen Tong

is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, He was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he spearhead to lead Huawei’s 5G wireless technologies research and development.
Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada.
Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “the leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems” in 2014 and IEEE Communications Society Distingushed Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018.
He had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with 400 granted US patents.
Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he also serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance. He is based in Ottawa Canada.

Keynote Speaker: Yuichi Nakamura

received his B.E. degree in information engineering and M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1988, respectively. He received his PhD. from the Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, Waseda University, in 2007. He joined NEC Corp. in 1988 and he is currently a vice president of R&D, NEC Corp. He is also a guest professor of National Institute of Informatics. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in electronic design automation, HPC systems and network systems.

Keynote Speaker: Philipp von Schierstädt

has more than 18 years of experience in the Semiconductor Industry. As Vice President & General Manager of the Radio Frequency & Sensor (RFS) Business at Infineon he has over 8 years shaped RFS to become a leader in sensor solutions and RF systems.
He has held numerous positions within Infineon e.g. being the VP & GM of the Security Solution Business for Payment and Communication as well as for corporate wide strategic programs.
Before joining Infineon he served as senior consultant for board members of Fortune 500 companies in product and strategy development.
Mr Schierstaedt wrote his Master Thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ USA and holds a Dipl. Ing. in Mechanical Engineering & Economics from the Technical University of Berlin as well as a Master Degree in Economics from the University of St. Andrews/ Scotland.

Keynote Speaker: Henning Schulzrinne

Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was an MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University. He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering Fellow, Technology Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2010 to 2017.

He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet RFCs. Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications.

He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, IEEE Internet Award, IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition, and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.

Keynote Speaker: Bernhard Niemann

has been head of the Broadband and Broadcast Department at Fraunhofer IIS since 2014. Having attended university in Erlangen and Heidelberg, he graduated with a degree in physics. He then worked as a development engineer for Siemens before joining Fraunhofer IIS in 2000.
Together with partners from both science and industry, Mr. Niemann’s department develops technologies for communication and positioning solutions in 5G networks to bring them into application.

Keynote Speaker: Amitava Ghosh

is a Nokia Fellow and Head, Radio Interface Group at Nokia Bell Labs. He joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Since joining Motorola he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS-95, cdma-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. He has 60 issued patents, has written multiple book chapters and has authored numerous external and internal technical papers. He is currently working on 3GPP LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is the recipient of 2016 IEEE Stephen O. Rice and 2017 Neal Shephard prize, member of IEEE Access editorial board and co-author of the book titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE-A”.

Keynote Speaker: Chih-Lin I

Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, the ComSoc Rep of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Peeters

A passionate leader with a background in both research and strategy, Dr. Ir. Michael Peeters is Program Director Connectivity+Humanized Technology at imec. Michael has been identifying and implementing state-of-the art technology opportunities in telecommunications through a career that spans two decades.

Both as Head of the Nokia Incubator and the Innovation Portfolio at Nokia, as well as CTO for the Wireless Division at Alcatel-Lucent, his role required him to make sense out of the uncertainty that exists when technological possibilities have to be balanced with business case realities. His team’s responsibility: to see beyond the business analysis and help customers envision how emerging technologies and trends, such as 5G and AI, will impact their networks and end-user community.
Prior to his role as CTO for the Wireless Division, he was CTO for the Wireline Division. The team looked beyond the product roadmap and identified what new trends, technologies and tools were on the horizon and determined how those future opportunities fit into the Alcatel-Lucent pipeline. It was also during this period that the business commercialized VDSL2 Vectoring, an idea conceived 7 years earlier while leading the Bell Labs Access Nodes and DSL Technology department.
He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, many white papers and holds patents in the access and photonics domains. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel as well as a master’s degree in Electrotechnical Engineering.
Outside of work, Michael is passionate about cooking and continues to refine the recipe for the perfect lasagna, balanced by bouts of long-distance running to offset the caloric intake inherent with such a quest.

Keynote Speaker: Paul Wheelhouse

Born in Belfast, Paul was raised in Edinburgh. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. ‪Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.‬‬
Between May 2011 and September 2012 Paul served on the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. And was the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy of the Scottish Government. Previously, between May 2011 and Feb 2012, Paul served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment and the Minister for Climate Change.‬
Prior to taking his Ministerial position Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport. Paul Wheelhouse was appointed Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy in May 2016.

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Schmidt

• 1985 – 1990 Member of DBD (Democratic Farmers’ Party of Germany)
• since 1990 Member of CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany)
• since 1990 Chairman of the Taura local CDU branch
• 1995 – 2008 Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Mittweida district CDU branch
• 1999 – 2010 Member of the Taura municipal council
• since 2004 Member of the Saxon Parliament
• 2009 – 2014 Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Environment and Agriculture of the Saxon Parliament
• 2009 – 2011 Chairman of the Committee for Procedural Rules and Immunity Issues of the Saxon Parliament
• 2010 – 2013 Chairman of the Enquete Commission on “Strategies for a future-oriented technology and innovation policy in the Free State of Saxony” of the Saxon Parliament
• 2011 – 2014 Deputy Chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Saxon Parliament
• since 2014 Saxon State Minister of the Environment and Agriculture