Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of ifak e.V. consists of personalities from science, business and public life. It recommends and votes on the long-term research and development planning of the institute and the economic and staffing plan. The Board of Trustees assists the association's Executive Board and evaluates the institute's activities.


The Board of Trustees for the tenth term has been constituted in May 2020. Elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Prof Dr Jens Strackeljan, rector of the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. Mrs Birgit Münster-Rendel, CEO MVB Magdeburger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH & Co. KG, was elected Vice-Chairwoman und Mr Klaus Olbricht, President of IHK Chamber of Commerce Magdeburg, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

For the 10th electoral period 2020-2022, the Board of Trustees consists of the following members:

Representatives from the industry
  • Dr.-Ing. Olaf Abel, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen
  • Roland Büchl, AUDI AG, Ingolstadt
  • Stefan Elspass, Konecranes Plc, DEMAG, Wetter
  • Dr. Michael Hoffmeister, Festo SE & Co. KG, Esslingen
  • Gunnar Leßmann, Phoenix Contact Electronics GmbH, Bad Pyrmont
  • Dr. Ulrich Löwen, SIEMENS AG, Erlangen
  • Marko Mühlstein, Landesenergieagentur Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH, Magdeburg
  • Birgit Münster-Rendel (Vice-Chairwoman), MVB Magdeburger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH & Co.KG, Magdeburg
  • Guido Nienhaus, MDCC Magdeburg-City-Com GmbH, Magdeburg
  • Johannes Reich, SAP SE, Walldorf
  • André Uhl, Schneider Electric Automation GmbH, Marktheidenfeld
  • Jörg Wende, IBM Deutschland GmbH, Chemnitz
  • Dr. Christian Zeidler, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Mannheim
Representatives from science and research
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Nebel, OFFIS e.V. Institut für Informatik, Oldenburg
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Strackeljan (Chairman), Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Martin Wollschlaeger, Technische Universität Dresden
Representatives from administration and specialist committees
  • Dr. Thomas Benz, VDE e.V., Frankfurt
  • Haimo Huhle, ZVEI e.V., Frankfurt
  • Rainer Nitsche, Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg
  • Klaus Olbricht (Vice-Chairman), Industrie- und Handelskammer Magdeburg