Dirk Kuhlmann received his diploma in Computer Science from Technical University Berlin, where he also worked from 1989-1995 as a Research Assistant. In 1995, he took up a position with Hewlett Packard Labs in Bristol, (UK) for more than 20 years as a senior research engineer. There he worked open security platforms and distributed architectures, standardisation and policy aspects of secure ICT in local, national, and transnational contexts. He gained extensive experience as participant, lead, evaluator and reviewer of EU funded research projects on IT security. In 2019, Dirk joined Fraunhofer ISI as a senior research scientist and project manager. For the SPARTA ECCC pilot, he covers the areas of governance analysis and policy evaluation for IT security, big data and AI, data protection, and open source.