Martin Bech, CTO, DeiC, Denmark

Sustainability of of the National Research and Education Networks - meeting present and future needs

Head of the Danish NREN, M.Sc.EE. Head of NREN and responsible for DeiCoperations, the Danish Research Network (Forskningsnettet) and theDanish Internet Exchange (DIX). In the past, he has been a developer ofnatural language processing systems at IBM, a security advisor for theDanish Police, he was responsible for creating a nation-wide portal foreducational material (, organizing the contribution of theMinistry of Education to a scientific expedition around the globe(Galathea3), designing and implementing the national health sectornetwork, including its security design. He has been in charge of theDanish NREN (Forskningsnettet) from 2001, where he has transformed thenetwork from a leased capacity structureinto a dark fibre footprintreaching 275 locations, while at the same time changing the financing ofthe NREN from government subsidies into a 100% user-financed operation.He was awarded the Order of Dannebrog in 2006 by HM Queen Margrethe II.