Roland Sommer serves as Managing Director of the Austrian Platform Industry 4.0 since October 2015. The mission of the platform is to seize opportunities and innovations to improve production capabilities and the working environment in Austria. Prior to this function he worked as Director of Public-Private Affairs for AVL. AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development of powertrain systems with internal combustion engines as well as instrumentation and test systems. From 2004 -2011 Mr. Sommer worked for the Federation of Austrian Industries, where he was responsible for research and innovation policy, both on the national and the EU level. From 2000 to 2004 he was employed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency respectively its predecessor institution. Mr. Sommer studied at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and the University of London, UK. Mr. Sommer is active in various national and international bodies.