Matthias Kuom joined the Project Management Agency at German Aerospace Center (DLR-PT) in 2002. The DLR-PT is a research funding organization supporting the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), along with other Federal Ministries, in the implementation of program-related governmental project funding. Kuom is responsible for the implementation of ICT R&D funding programmes, including the evaluation of funding concepts, professional project tracking and financial control. Currently he supports the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in the conceptual and organisational design of cross-border research funding as well as in the internationalisation of programme activities (esp. Industrie 4.0, Blockchain and Autonomous Systems). Previously, he was responsible for Technology Programmes in the areas of Internet Economy, Wireless Internet and Grid Technologies.

Between April 2008 and December 2009 he shifted to the position of Program Manager at the European Center for Information and Communication Technologies – EICT GmbH. He initiated, acquired and managed the leading R&D project in the field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) for the elderly in Germany in cooperation with industrial R&D labs, universities and institutes. His support helped the Institute win the prestigious European competition for the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in ICT as part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He was responsible for financial reporting and accounting and contributed to the company’s review of strategy and business model.

Prior to joining DLR, Kuom managed the implementation of e-health solutions at T-Systems – including portal technologies, interfaces with an electronic health record and pervasive enduser assistance systems. He designed an R&D project (in cooperation with well-known hospitals and clinics in Germany) for a tele-medicine solution which provided support for stroke sufferers during their rehabilitation process. Kuom was also engaged in the company’s e-health Strategy implementation and supported the Head of Marketing Strategy and Planning in business process re-engineering.

Earlier in his career, Matthias was a scientist in the ICT Media and Communication Group at the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment.