Head of Unit for "Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry",
Directorate General CONNECT, European Commission
Dr. Max Lemke is the Head of Unit for "Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry" in Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission. He had a leading role in developing and putting in place the strategy for Digitising European Industry under Commissioner Guenther Oettinger. Max Lemke is now responsible for the co-ordination and governance of the Digitising European Industry platform of national initiatives and several of the core action lines of this strategy, namely Digital Innovation Hubs and Digital Industrial Platforms. In the European Commission's Research and Innovation Programme HORIZON 2020, Max is responsible for the areas embedded and cyber-physical systems, advanced computing, and ICT for manufacturing. Max is co-responsible in CONNECT for the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) and the Public Private Partnership Factories of the Future. In the latter context he has gradually built the I4MS initiative (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs). Max is particularly devoted to establishing a pan-European network of digital innovation hubs covering all of Europe and to strengthening European leadership on digital industrial value chains and platforms.
Max has worked in various areas in the European Commission Research and Innovation Programmes since 1995. Before joining the Commission, Max has worked in research and industry in Germany, the US, and the UK. With a Doctorate in Natural Sciences, he has a scientific background in numerical mathematics, parallel computing, and software engineering.