Manfred Hauswirth was born in 1966 in St. Johann im Pongau, Salzburg, Austria. He is the managing director of Fraunhofer FOKUS since October 2014 and a full professor for Open Distributed Systems at the Technical University of Berlin since September 2014. Before that he was the Vice-Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Galway, Ireland and a professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) for 8 years and a stream leader in INSIGHT, the national Irish data analytics centre. He still holds a position as research professor at NUIG. Prior research positions include Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL, 2002-2006) and TU Vienna (1999-2002). He holds an M.Sc. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1999) in computer science from the Technical University of Vienna. His research interests are on Internet-of-Everything, domain-specific Big Data and analytics, linked data streams, semantic sensor networks, sensor networks middleware, large-scale semantics-enabled distributed information systems and applications, peer-to-peer systems, service-oriented architectures and distributed systems security. He has published over 160 papers in these domains, he has co-authored a book on distributed software architectures and several book chapters on data management and semantics. He has a long track record of working wiht industry specifically in the IoT, business process, telecoms, networking and data integration domains. He has served in over 190 program committees of international scientific conferences and was program co-chair of the Seventh IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing (IEEE P2P) in 2007, general chair of the Fifth European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) in 2008, program co-chair of the 12th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering (WISE) in 2011, and program co-chair of the 10th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE) in 2011. He is a member of IEEE and ACM and was on the board of WISEN, the Irish Wireless Sensors Enterprise Led Network, the scientific board of the Corporate Semantic Web research center at FU Berlin, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Sensor Web Technologies (CLARITY) in Dublin, Ireland. His hobbies are music, reading, skiing,  and travelling.