Our Authors

The articles of our blog authors want to contribute to order arguments and opinions, make them assessable and offer an exchange. Every opinion counts – not only in our articles, but also in the user comments. Here you can see who is writing in the TÜV Rheinland Blog:

Alexander Schneider | Senior Manager Corporate Communications

Always looking for exciting stories and topics that are interesting to tell. There are plenty of them in the company. As an “Immi” he enjoys living in Cologne and loves the city as much as his bicycle – with which he also commutes to work every day.

Anand Rabindranath


Anand Rabindranath | Senior Information Security Specialist

Anand Rabindranath is a Senior Information Security Specialist at TÜV Rheinland in Muscat, Oman. He has more than ten years of professional experience in IT security, audit, risk and compliance management. Among other things, he supports global companies in implementing information security management systems and training internal users on computer security topics. As a result, they are better able to prevent IT security breaches and respond to cyber attacks.

Benedikt Westermann


Dr. Benedikt Westermann | Publishing - Lead Security Analyst

The topic of Cybersecurity with its various facets has fascinated Dr. Benedikt Westermann since his studies of computer science. At TÜV Rheinland, he and his team regularly slip into the role of a hacker on behalf of customers in order to find security gaps in software, products and systems before a real attacker can exploit them, for example to get hold of customer and company data. Besides Cybersecurity, his hobbies include cooking and cycling.
Björn Koßmann


Björn Koßmann | Head of Seminars

Björn Koßmann is Head of Seminars, North Section at TÜV Rheinland Academy. A Hamburg resident for more than ten years, he frequently enjoys the exchange between the Elbe and Rhine rivers. “At our sites in Hamburg and Hanover, we combine the openness typical of the Rhineland with Hanseatic reliability and thus offer our customers the perfect environment for their continued professional development.” In his spare time, Björn Koßmann explores the world with his family in a VW Bus and likes to exchange ideas with people from all over the world about important topics – and sometimes less important ones as well.
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Christian Rudnick | Area Manager Kraftfahrt

Christian Rudnick is Leverkusen Area Manager at TÜV Rheinland Kraftfahrt GmbH. In addition to take care of his strategic tasks, having responsibility for employees and handling customer service, he continues to examine vehicles himself, carries out modification acceptances, modification assessments, individual acceptances and driver’s license tests. This ensures that he never loses touch with the company’s core business. When he is not working for TÜV Rheinland, he likes to spend plenty of time with his family – either in the garden or “on the road” with their trailer. “Should my family not have time either, I am busy with gradually setting up a smart home infrastructure at our house.”
Christoph Bois


Christoph Bois | IT Demand Manager

Christoph Bois is an IT Demand Manager and in charge of the Industrial Services and Digital Transformation & Cybersecurity business streams. He has been a certified project manager since 2011 and has been intensively involved in project, portfolio and demand management in various industries for 20 years. Since he has already worked for “both sides” in his professional life, he sees his job primarily as being an “interpreter” between operations and IT. The trained economist, who has a soft spot for Canada, has remained true to his home town of Lohmar in the Rhineland – with the exception of the years he spent studying at the University of Wuppertal. Animal welfare is an issue that is very close to his heart, and he has been doing voluntary work in this field for fifteen years.
Franziska Weiser

Franziska Weiser | Head of Competence Center Digital Mobility Services

Franziska Weiser is responsible for the area of “Digital Mobility Services” in the Future Mobility Solutions team and is the project manager for the development of the “Data Fiduciary Platform for Fleet Services”. She is always looking for new experiences – professionally or privately. No matter if they arise from the development of new services in the field of shared economy, Connected Car Data or digital damage management or if they occur while sailing through Alaska, eating Okonomiyaki food in Japan or climbing in the Himalayas.
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Hans-Peter Pape | Product Certification Body

Hans-Peter Pape is Deputy Head of the Product Certification Body at TÜV Rheinland. His responsibilities in this role include coordinating the certification of toys, personal protective equipment and textiles in Germany and abroad. He joined TÜV Rheinland in Japan back in 1985 and later opened and managed the subsidiary in Korea. He has always been concerned with the question of how mankind intends to handle our planet and has already implemented numerous projects in his private domain ranging from rainwater collection to thermal insulation.
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Inès Culmey | Social Media Manager

At work, she analyses everything that TÜV Rheinland reveals on the WWW and Social Net. At home, she keeps her children in the picture. Because her son and daughter always come first. When she has time for herself, she enjoys French films or meets with friends.
Innocenzo Caria


Innocenzo Caria | Product Manager

Innocenzo Caria is Project Manager Energy Management and Deputy Product Manager and Auditor for ISO 50001 at TÜV Rheinland Cert. His life is all about energy: while he audits all aspects of energy management at TÜV Rheinland, his private energy saving concept at home is sometimes shaken by the recent recruitment of new staff. But as a member of the voluntary fire brigade he is used to dangerous situations and usually stays quite cool. When there is time left besides family and job, he goes squashing. Even if others might not yet call this squash…
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Iris Dohmen | Organisational Psychology

Iris Dohmen is the head of work, industrial and organisational psychology at TÜV Rheinland. The graduate psychologist has been working nationwide in corporate psychology for 20 years. She analyses psychological stress, advises on the subject of “healthy leadership” and is available to assist employees and managers in word and deed. Iris Dohmen lives in Berlin. Her heart beats for the Münsterland, Great Britain, the Opera and the BVB Borussia Dortmund.
Katharina Kentel


Katharina Kentel | Toy testing expert

The source of all good lies in the game. – F.W.A. Fröbel (1782-1852), German educator [founded the first kindergarten in 1840]. It was not only through her entry into toy testing at the beginning of 2017 that TÜV Rheinland expert Katharina Kentel discovered her enthusiasm for toys. In her private life, too, game evenings with family and friends are regularly on her calendar, and on team evenings she likes to play cards until the early hours of the morning. Now she has developed the certificate “Excellent Play Value” with pedagogical evaluation, so that our children are also supported in their development when playing.

Lea Probst

Lea Probst | Security Consultant

Lea Probst has been working at TÜV Rheinland as a security consultant in Mastering Risk & Compliance since 2019. Prior to this, she gained extensive experience in project management and worked as a data protection officer in the financial sector. Lea advises several companies on privacy issues and works on various projects such as data erasure strategies and requirements and inspection catalogs for data protection certificates.
Maro Hartberger

Maro Hartberger | Head of Automotive Solutions & Workshop Quality

Maro Hartberger is the Head of Automotive Solutions & Workshop Quality at TÜV Rheinland Kraftfahrt GmbH / Mobility. With more than 20 years of industry experience, he works with his team to inspect and advise vehicle manufacturers, workshop programs, car dealership groups and repair shops. In response to the question: “Why not adapt services from the automotive industry to serve the mobility sector?” he and his team look for potential in areas away from the mainstream. The father of two enjoys tinkering with cars and bikes in his spare time.
Nigel Stanley


Nigel Stanley | Global OT & Cybersecurity

Nigel Stanley is responsible for Global OT and Cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland and a recognized expert on complex cyber security projects. With his know-how and practical experience, he helps many small and large companies to protect themselves against the increasing cyber risks. He has also written three books on database and development technologies and is a regular speaker at international events and conferences.
Phillip Meyers


Phillip Meyers | Head of Innovation Academy & Life Care

Phillip Meyers leads the innovation team of the Academy & Life Care business stream and is also active in the international management of TÜV Rheinland Academy. To further internationalize a company with a lot of history, such as TÜV Rheinland, and to take innovative paths at the same time, attracts him every day anew. The many contacts that he has built up over the years with his global colleagues are the basis for him to leverage this great potential. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends in his home country, the Rhineland.
Rico Barth


Rico Barth | Head of Competence Center Connected and Automated Driving

Rico Barth leads the Competence Center for Connected and Automated Driving within TÜV Rheinland. The graduated engineer with many years of professional experience in the automative sector develops new services as well as validation and testing processes for ADAS and Autonomous Functionalities. Furthermore he is active in various test fields for software and diagnostics, especially in the area of sensor technology, vehicle in the loop approach and connectivity challenges.

Sabine Hager


Sabine Hager | HRD & Diversity

Sabine Hager is Diversity Manager in HRD & Diversity at TÜV Rheinland and is convinced that the diversity of the workforce is an important contribution to corporate success and employee satisfaction. Only in an open and unprejudiced corporate culture can all employees*develop their full potential. Equal opportunities – also in the management positions of the economy – is just as important to her as the compatibility of career and family. That’s a topic that she can also push personally in her latest project as a granny.
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Sarah Stark | Industrial Services

Sarah Stark, TÜV Rheinland Japan, Industrial Services. Has been in Japan for so long she has to count the years when asked how long it has been. Most of them spent at TÜV Rheinland Japan. During work-hours, she uses her many languages arranging inspections all around the globe. After work, she rides home on packed trains to work on her PhD – in total spending far too much time starring at computer screens. She lets off steam by watching comedy shows and movies.
Stefanie Schneider


Dr. Stefanie Schneider | Security Consultant

Stefanie Schneider is a Security Consultant (Data Protection Department) in the “Mastering Risk and Compliance” department of TÜV Rheinland i-sec GmbH. In her function as external data protection officer (eDSB) she advises various companies in the production and service sectors. Stefanie Schneider is a certified company data protection officer (GDDcert EU), PC network specialist and certified MCSE, MCPI and CNA.
Stefan Eigler


Stefan Eigler | Mastering Risk & Compliance

Stefan Eigler has been in charge of data protection at TÜV Rheinland as Practice Leader Mastering Risk & Compliance since mid-2018. As a recognized Asia expert, he set up TÜV Rheinland’s data protection Consulting Services group in Shenzhen, Greater China, with local colleagues and developed it further in numerous local customer projects. Stefan Eigler is a Master of Laws (Compliance) and a Diplomwirtschaftsinformatiker (University degree in Business Information Technology) as well as a certified CISM, CISA, CCSP, ISO27001 Lead Auditor and SAP CBA. As a proud Rhinelander, he prefers to spend his free time exploring the region with his wife and children and their two dogs.
Thomas Köster

Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Köster | Head of the Technical Competence Center Industrial Machinery

Head of the Technical Competence Center Industrial Machinery at TÜV Rheinland. Studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. Started his career in 1996 in the electrical engineering test laboratory of TÜV Rheinland Japan in Yokohama. Since 2005 employed at TÜV Rheinland in Germany in the area of machine safety and laboratory manager for industrial machinery until 2020. Since 2020 global coordinator of the Machinery segment at TÜV Rheinland. Member of German and European committees in the area of machinery safety.

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Tobias Hainke | Consultant labour organisation

Tobias Hainke is project manager in the Digital Learning Team of TÜV Rheinland Akademie GmbH. People and their learning in Web 2.0 and other web generations fascinate the e-learning specialist. He outlines his motivation as followed: “I am just as impressed by how people as social beings move and learn in new learning spaces as I am by the exciting question of implementing new forms of teaching at TÜV Rheinland. When Tobias Hainke does not deal with questions of blended learning, travel is one of his hobbies. His last trip took him through Africa in a jeep, for example, where he was particularly impressed by the knowledge of foreign cultures and the beauty of the landscape.
Wilma Hartung


Dr. Wilma Hartung | Head of the Medical Devices

As the Head of the Medical Devices Business Field in Germany, Dr. Wilma Hartung focusses on ensuring the quality of medical devices. Over the last 20 years at TÜV Rheinland, she gained deep insights into the industry in a variety of roles, whether locally as an on-site expert/auditor, or worldwide in the global management of the medical devices division. Before joining TÜV Rheinland, Dr. Hartung, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, began her career at a medical device manufacturer and therefore has first-hand knowledge of the challenges in development and production. She likes to travel to exotic countries, especially with beautiful diving areas. But as a “echt kölsch Määdche” she also looks forward to the sight of the Cologne Cathedral every time. In her free time she plays volleyball, soccer and rides her bike every day a detour to the TÜV Rheinland to get to 18 km distance…
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Wolfgang Kiener | Center of Excellence

Wolfgang Kiener (M.Sc.) heads up the Center of Excellence for Advanced Threats in the Cybersecurity department of TÜV Rheinland. He is responsible for the strategic service development in threat management and operational technology security (industrial security). With more than 15 years of professional experience in major international corporations such as Siemens, T-Systems, Verizon and CSC, Wolfgang boasts extensive experience in the development of innovative security services taking into account technological and commercial aspects. He holds a number of IT and security certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CCSK, ITIL, ISO 27001 Lead Implementer und GIAC.
Wolfram Stahl


Wolfram Stahl | Press spokesperson Berlin

Press spokesperson in Berlin. Former radio editor, reporter and presenter at WDR in Cologne, then correspondent in Berlin. Someone who knows little about much and much about little. That’s why he’s a great jack-of all-trades, but pretty useless as a specialist. Special skill: to quickly become familiar with a topic. Motto: Just do it! And make it simple! For nothing is too complicated to be made comprehensible. And since impatience is one of his greatest strengths, doing things is easier than waiting anyway.