Meet the DC4EU Strategic Committee

The Strategic Committee will ensure the consistency and coherence of the project with a business-related approach and perspective. The committee develop internal rules and regulations, attend briefings with key partners, facilitates horizontal communications and the development of a community of practice.

DI Dr. Gerd Bauer

Gerd Bauer

DI Dr. Gerd Bauer has extensive expertise in international integration projects for social security that deal with electronic data exchange. He is the program manager for the Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) in the Federation of Social Security Institutions in Austria. He also holds a position as a member of the Technical Commission for Social Security and a leading expert on data modelling issues in social security coordination. Moreover, he is in charge of the project “Introduction of the EUDI-Wallet for the European Social Security” under the DC4EU program.

Lluís Alfons Ariño Martín

Lluís Alfons Ariño Martín

Lluís Alfons Ariño Martín is a computer engineer with over 30 years of experience in IT specialized in the higher education and public administration sector currently working as Digital Strategist at Rovira i Virgili University. He’s actively involved in educational domain as Coordinator of the international area of CRUE-Digitalización, National expert on eIDAS ToolBox Process and EUDI Wallet, member of the EUDIW and SDG/OOTS synergies group, Convenor Educational credentials use case at European Blockchain Partnership (EBP) and eIDAS Toolbox working group, Leader of the Digital Credentials for Europe (DC4EU) WP5, Member of the Digital Space for Skills project (DS4Skills), and EUA Digital Transformation Steering Committee

Teemu Kääriäinen

Teemu Kääriäinen

Teemu Kääriäinen is a senior advisor in the Finnish Ministry of Finance Public Sector ICT Department. Currently Teemu is taking part in several national and cross-border initiatives related to digital identities. These include the national implementation of the eIDAS regulation revision, Digital Europe program funded Large-Scale Piloting of European Digital Identity Wallets (as part of DC4EU, EWC, and POTENTIAL consortia), and deployment of the Findy network (national self-sovereign identity network). Teemu has over 15 years of experience designing, architecting, building, and deploying business-critical digital identity solutions.

Alex Grech

Alex Grech

Alex Grech is a strategist, change consultant and academic. Over the past 30 years, he has worked with multinationals, governments, NGOs and startups in sectors ranging from ICT, telecoms and neuroscience to culture, education and public policy. Following an early career in multinationals, Alex has advised organisations including the European Commission, ILO, UNESCO, RISE, the Pan-African Consortium on the Digitalision of TVET and several public organisations in Malta. Alex is the founding Executive Director of the 3CL Foundation, a knowledge hub for a global network of institutions and educators interested in the rapid deployment of EdTech programmes based on action research, advocacy and praxis. Alex currently teaches new media at the University of Malta within the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, with research interests in digital literacies, blockchain & self-sovereign identity, social media and power. He holds a PhD in Internet Computing from the University of Hull and is a Chartered Accountant by profession.

Leif Johansson

Leif Johansson

Leif Johansson is working on identity management, strategy and business development for SUNET and various identity federations, including SWAMID.se. He is actively engaged in several organizations that work for the good of the Internet, including IETF, Kantara Initiative & OASIS. After serving on the board of netnod.se for several years, Leif is now the chairman of the board for the TU-foundation – the owner of netnod. He chaired several IETF working groups, including UTA, Tokenbind, ABFAB and SCIM, and Leif is the chair of the Kantara Initiative Assurance Review Board, responsible for the Assurance Certification process.

Mathias Landeck

Mathias Landeck

Mathias Landeck owns a diploma in physics. At Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund, the biggest German pension institution, he is head of the department of “Data Exchange”. This department is responsible for the digital communication between the German pension institutions and different kind of partners within Germany and abroad and that is also supporting the authorities in Germany by providing digital solutions for their tasks. He has a more than 25 years experience in international digitalization projects for social security. One of the projects in this context has been the EESSI (Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information). After the agreement of the architecture on EU level his responsibility has been the integration of EESSI in the German pension sector. He is part of the German delegation in the Technical Commission for Social Security at the European Commission.