ISS Directors and Staff
Prof. Dr. Friedrich HollCo-Director and Senior Research FellowEmail: Friedrich Holl is a research professor for security management and office communication and administration automation at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he used to hold the position of Dean of Studies for the Security Management Master of Science programme. In addition, he is co-director and a senior research fellow with the ISS. His main areas of expertise are in IT/cyber security, security management and data protection. He is an accredited German and European legal and technical data protection and data security expert. Furthermore, he manages various security research projects at the ISS and the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a diploma in Business Informatics. Among others, he has been a lecturer in the IAEA-supported EU Master program “Master in Nuclear Security” (MiNS) and the INSEN Professional Development Courses on IT/Cyber Security at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences.
Guido GluschkeCo-Director and Senior Research FellowEmail: Guido Gluschke is one of the directors of the Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches in the field of cyber and nuclear security. Serving also as the university's program manager on international cyber security, he is responsible for joint projects with international organisations. Mr. Gluschke's main areas of expertise are IT and cyber security, especially in the energy context. He holds a Master of Science degree in Security Management from the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences and a diploma in Computer Science from the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. Mr. Gluschke is an expert in cyber security in the nuclear context and a member of the Energy Expert Cyber Security Platform - Expert Group of the European Commission Directorate Generale Energy.
Prof. Dr. Sachar PaulusNon-Resident Senior Research FellowEmail: Sachar Paulus is a professor for IT-Security at the Hochschule Mannheim – University of Applied Sciences. Prior to this, Sachar Paulus was professor for information systems and security management at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he held the position of Dean of Studies for the Security Management Master of Science programme. He has also worked 8 years for SAP in several security-related positions, notably SVP Product Security and Chief Security Officer, as well as with a number of SMEs in the IT security sector. He spent his early career as a security and cryptography researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in number theory and a diploma in computer science. Sachar is an associated ISS team member. Among others, he has been a lecturer in the IAEA-supported EU Master program “Master in Nuclear Security” (MiNS) and the INSEN Professional Development Courses on IT/Cyber Security at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences.
Marco MacoriResearch FellowEmail: Marco Macori holds a degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Trier in Germany. Prior to his current position of research fellow at the ISS, he was a senior researcher at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, a research associate in the Allianz SE risk management department and a consultant for the international security management consultancy VICCON. His main areas of expertise in the nuclear security area are CBRN terrorism, nonproliferation policy studies and the international framework. Marco was a lecturer in the IAEA-supported EU program “Master in Nuclear Security” (MiNS), and he authored the INSEN teaching material on NS21 “Cooperation of stakeholders at the national and international levels”. He also does extensive research on cyber security, especially on the threat of cyber terrorism – an issue on which he lectured at the NATO Center of Excellence - Defence against Terrorism, inter alia.
Kristina SanderResearch FellowEmail: Kristina Sander holds a M.Sc. degree in the field of technology from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. Her main areas of expertise are IT/cyber security and information protection in the energy context. Working for the international security management consultancy VICCON, she has gained theoretical and practical expertise in areas such as IT/cyber security and risk & security management.
Dmytro CherkashynNuclear Security ScientistEmail: Dmytro Cherkashyn holds a M.Sc. degree in nuclear energy from the Sevastopol National University of Nuclear Energy and Industry, Ukraine, with specialization in physical protection of nuclear facilities, nuclear materials, radioactive wastes and other radioactive sources. Prior to his current position as nuclear security scientist at the ISS, he was a nuclear safety specialist to the deputy chief of physical protection department at a research reactor and senior teacher at the nuclear energy facilities department at his university. His experience is mostly bound with technical aspects of International Safeguards and the State Nuclear Security Regime. His area of interests also include nonproliferation, international cooperation on nuclear safety and security, and IT/cyber security for nuclear facilities. Dmytro participated as lecturer in the series of IAEA‘s international courses in Obninsk/Russia and Odessa summer schools in Ukraine.
Prof. Manfred MertinsHonorary ProfessorEmail: Manfred Mertins is an honorary professor for nuclear safety at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences. Prior to this, he has worked about 40 years in several nuclear safety- and security-related positions, acting as expert and consultant for different institutions. By using his extensive knowledge in Eastern and Western safety NPP concepts and the collective operational and scientific experiences, he has contributed to the development of national and international safety-related requirement frameworks. For many years he was involved in many safety-and security-related tasks of the IAEA and WENRA/RHWG (Western European Nuclear Regulators Association /Reactor Harmonisation Working Group). He holds a Ph.D. in the field of thermo hydraulic of heat exchangers and a diploma in heat transfer in the entrance region of concentric annuli.
Valentina Kiefer Research AssociateEmail: Valentina Kiefer holds a B.A. degree in “European Studies” from the University of Passau, Germany. Her academic interest lies on environmental and nuclear issues in the international context. Her prior work experience includes posts at the Canadian Embassy at Vienna, as well as internships at the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. She is currently studying the MSc program “Environmental Technology and International Affairs” at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and the TU Wien in Austria.