Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Christoph Meinel (1954) is President and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) (since 2004) and was 2017-2021 founding dean of the Digital Engineering Faculty of the University of Potsdam. He is C4-professor for computer science and heads the department for Internet Technologies and Systems.

Beside others, Meinel is member of acatech, the National German Academy of Science and Engineering, Govenor of the Technion in Haifa, chairman or member of various management and advisory boards, visiting professor in various national and international universities, and was 2008 - 2022 program director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program.

2012 he and his team developed the first European MOOC-platform openHPI. On this platform he offers various interactive online courses for thousends of learners.

Funded by the German Federal German Ministry of Education and Sciences Meinel developed 2017 - 2021 the HPI Schul-Cloud which meanwhile is in use in thousends of schools allover Germany. For the Hessean ministry of education he developed 2022 a concept for the new school subject "Digital World" . More ...


Christoph Meinel is President and CEO of

  • Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH (since 2004)
  • Archive:
    • Institut für Telematik e.V. in Trier (1998 - 2002)
    • Vice-Director of the ITWM - Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik (1996 -1997)


Christoph Meinel was Founding Dean of the


Christoph Meinel was or is Program Director of


Christoph Meinel is appointed as Professor at other Universities


Christoph Meinel is Chief Editor of

  • openHPI - our innovative open social online learning platform for massive open online courses with more than 1. Mio. enrolled learners
  • tele-TASK - a lecture recording system with advanced navigation features and a huge lecture archive
  • ECDTP - Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research
  • iTuneU @ HPI - our lecture podcasts archive by iTunesU
  • Digital-Gipfelblog - a national platform for discussing issues of the digital revolution in Germany
  • Archive: Leitung
    • ECCC - the Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity (1994-2016)


Christoph Meinel is a delegate Professor of the GI


Christoph Meinel is Chairman of Various Boards & Jurys

  • Steering Committee of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Programs
  • German IPv6 Council
  • Steering Committee of the HPI Future SOC Lab 
  • Special Interest Group "Intelligente Bildungsnetze" of AG 2 "Digitale Infrastrukturen" of the national German IT-summit
  •  Advisory Board of SAP Research, South Africa
  • Archive: Chairman of
    • Special Interest Group "IPv6" of AG 2 "Digitale Infrastrukturen" of the national German IT-summit (2010-2012)
    • ECCC - the Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity (1994-2016)
    • Fachgruppe Komplexität of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (1992 - 2007)
    • WEP - Zentrum für Wissenschaftliches Elektronisches Publizieren at the University of Trier (1996 - 2004)
    • Inititative der Service- und Softwareanbieter Rheinland-Pfalz (1999 - 2001)


Christoph Meinel is Member of Various Scientific and Advisory Boards

  • National German Academy of Science and Engineering - acatech
  • AG2 "Digitale Infrastrukturen" of the national German IT-Summit (since 2010)
  • Honorary Direktor of Tencent-Sunwin Big Data Computing Lab (since 2017)
  • Security Advisory Board of SAP SE (since 2011)
  • Advisory Board of ems - electronic media school (since 2010)
  • Advisory Board of Junior-Zoo Universität Berlin (since 2010)
  • Advisory Board of MINT e.V., an association of math and sciences excellence centers among German's schools (since 2006)
  • Board of ProWissen Potsdam e.V. (since 2007)
  • Archive:
    • AG5 "High-Tech Strategy for Information Society" of the national German IT-Summits of German chancelor Dr. Angela Merkel (2006 - 2009)
    • Scientific Board of LIASIT at the university of Luxembourg from (1999 - 2009)
    • Scientific Board of Directors of the IBFI Schloss Dagstuhl (1992 - 2005)
    • DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Mathematische Optimierung" (1995 - 2001)
    • Working Group "Gesundheit" of the Forum Info 2000 of the German Ministry of Sciences BMBF (1997 - 1998)
    • Technologiebeirat Rheinland-Pfalz (1996 -1999)


Christoph Meinel was and is a PC-Member of various  International Conferences


Christoph Meinel organizes many conferences, symposia, and workshops, e.g.


Christoph Meinel is a Member of Jurys

  • Förderpreis der German Data Center (2022)
  • Medienpreis für Digitale Aufklärung (seit 2021)
  • MINT Forschungsvorhaben, BMBF (2021)
  • CISO Award, CISO Alliance (2018 - 2020)
  • Deutscher Mobilitätspreis (seit 2012)
  • Land der Ideen (2010 - 2018)
  • Wissenschaftliche Durchbrüche, Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung (seit 2018)
  • DE-MAIL Innovationspreis (since 2013)
  • Innovationspreis-IT (since 2012)
  • Jury Member of "Deutschland - Land der Ideen" (since 2011)


Other Links

... to our Research
              Security Engineering - Learning & Knowledge Tech - Design Thinking - former
... to our Teaching
              Tele-Lectures - MOOCs - Labs - Systems 
... to our Publications
              Books - Journals - Conference-Papers - Patents
... and to our Annual Reports.