Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D.

Präsident Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D.
Präsident Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D.

Current term

  • 01 January 2018 – 31 December 2023


  • Structure and development plan
  • Appointments
  • Representation of the University 
  • Integration and networking with non-university research institutes (in cooperation with the Vice-President for Research and Junior Academics)
  • Knowledge and Technology Transfer
  • Potsdam Transfer and UP Transfer GmbH

Memberships and honory posts

  • Jury chairman of the innovation award Berlin Brandenburg
  • Member of the Computer Science Society (since 1984)
  • Member of the foundation board of Werner-von-Siemens-Ring
  • Member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
  • Member of the working group "Perspectives in Computer Science" at Science Council
  • Member of the Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists (VBKI)
  • Member of Rotary Club
  • Deputy chairman of proWissen e.V.
  • Member of proBrandenburg e.v.


Oliver Günther has been President of the University of Potsdam since January 1, 2012. His current term lasts until December 31, 2023.

From 1993 until 2011 he was Professor of Information Systems at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. From 2006 until 2011 he also served as Dean of Humboldt's School of Business and Economics.

Professor Günther has conducted research projects in the areas of enterprise information systems, IT strategy, security and privacy, digital asset management, collaborative software, database management, as well as geographic and environmental information systems. He has published broadly on these subjects and has been associate editor of numerous academic journals.

Professor Günther has coordinated several large research projects funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Economics and Technology, and the German Research Foundation. From 1996 until 2006 he served as Director of the Berlin-Brandenburg Graduate School of Information Systems. Oliver Günther has held visiting faculty positions at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications and the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci in Paris, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Cape Town.

Oliver Günther has served as a consultant and board member to various government agencies and high-tech companies. He was Chairman of the Board of Poptel AG, Germany's first voice-over-IP company, and Chief Technology Officer of Teamtoolz, Inc., a San Francisco-based cloud service provider for the marketing and advertising industry. Professor Günther was President of the German Informatics Society in 2012-2014. He is a member of the admissions committee of the German National Merit Foundation.

As a high school student, Oliver Günther was a two-time winner of Germany's National Mathematics Competition. He holds a Diplom in Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Between his Ph.D. and his appointment at Humboldt, he held positions with the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and with FAW Ulm.

Executive Assistant to the President

Dr. Claudia Scharioth

House 09, Room 1.04
Phone: 0331/977-1527
Fax: 0331/977-1089
Mail: schariothuni-potsdamde

Assistant to the President

Eileen Hohnschild

House 09, Room 1.06
Phone: 0331/977-1220
Fax: 0331/977-1089
Mail: buero.praesidentuni-potsdamde / praesidentuni-potsdamde

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