Dr. Karin-Irene Eiermann is part of a network of young German and Chinese leaders from all sectors who come together to engage in intensive dialogue and to undergo further professional and intercultural training. The Zukunftsbrücke – Chinese-German Young Professional Campus takes place in alternate years in China and Germany.
Karin-Irene Eiermann is the Managing Director of the collaborative project “Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society - The German Internet Institute,” a BMBF-funded Berlin-Brandenburg consortium of universities and non-university research institutes with a focus on interdisciplinary basic research on digitalization and society. From 2015 to 2017, she was the General Manager of CYSEC, the profile area for cybersecurity research at Technische Universität Darmstadt. Previously, she was a scientific officer with the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) (2011-2014) where she coordinated strategically important interdisciplinary research projects in the area of information and communication technology (ICT) and was also responsible for managing the academy’s cooperation and project development with the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). Her first position in university administration and research management was that of special assistant to the director and coordinator of a transatlantic innovation research program at Hasso Plattner Institute for IT Systems Engineering at Potsdam University (2008-2010). Karin-Irene Eiermann studied business administration and economics in Berlin and Chengdu and began her professional career as a trainee in the sales Asia-Pacific division at Audi AG. She also holds a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis (USA) and a PhD in modern history from Humboldt University Berlin (Germany).