Digital Ministerial


Sebastian Hallensleben


Head of Digitalisation & AI


Dr Sebastian Hallensleben is the Chair of CEN-CENELEC JTC 21 where European AI standards to underpin EU regulation are being developed, and Chair of the Trusted Information working group in the EU StandICT programme. He co-chairs the AI risk management work at OECD and has roles in AI committees at the Council of Europe and UNESCO. Sebastian Hallensleben heads Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence at VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies where he is responsible for new product and service development as well as for giving advice and developing frameworks for the German parliament and federal ministries as well as the European Commission. He focuses in particular on AI ethics, on handling the impact of generative AI, building privacy-preserving trust infrastructures as well as characterizing AI quality. Earlier, Sebastian Hallensleben worked on dialog facilitation between academia, industry and policymaking (e.g. in the context of federal research foresight) and in international infrastructure project development for waste, energy and drinking water. He holds a PhD in physics and began his professional life in IT development and solutions architecture in the financial and telecoms sectors.

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