Dr. Rainer Janßen studied mathematics and computer science in Kiel and Kaiserslautern. In 1984 he joined the IBM Science Centre in Heidelberg, where he built up the research areas on scientific computing and super-computing. From 1993 he was Director of the IBM European Networking Centre in Heidelberg, focussing on research, development and customer pilot projects around the information highway.
Since July 1997 he manages the central division information technology of Munich Re and as Group Information Executive he is responsible for the development and implementation of the global information strategy of the reinsurance group. He is member of the board of ACORD, a non-profit insurance data standards organisation. Besides his professional career he has held numerous positions in government and university advisory boards, conference organisations, editorial boards.