Roland Sommer has been Managing Director of the Austrian Platform Industry 4.0 since October 2015. The platform is a public private partnership that aims at improving framework conditions for the introduction of digitalisation (‘Industry 4.0’), bringing together relevant stakeholders in Austria. Mr. Sommer was recently nominated to the operative Management Board of the Austrian GAIA-X Hub. Prior to this function he worked as Director of Public-Private Affairs for AVL List GmbH. From 2004 -2011 Mr. Sommer worked as senior policy adviser for the Federation of Austrian Industries; from 2000 to 2004 he was employed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency respectively its predecessor institution. Mr. Sommer studied at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and the University of London, UK. He is active in various national and international bodies.