Dirk Backofen is the Tribe Lead Digital Identities of T-Systems International GmbH. In this role Dirk is accountable for the setup of a new Business Unit regarding all variants of Secure Identities including SSI, eID, Smart eID and OIDC. He steers the technology, business and product development and the operation regarding the related ID-platforms.
Dirk also orchestrates the Telekom / T-Systems activities regarding the project “Eco-System of Digital Identities” - initiated and orchestrated by the Federal Chancellery and the former Federal Chancellor of Germany. He is also responsible for Telekom’s contribution in uses cases and with a EUDI-Wallet compatible ID-Wallet system to the EU-Large Scale Pilots for the EU-Identity within the consortium “POTENTIAL”.
Dirk Backofen represents Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems as board member in the shareholder board and in the supervisory board of Verimi, an ID-Wallet focused subsidiary of T-Systems and 24 other important shareholders, among them VW, Deutsche Bank, Allianz, Mercedes-Benz, Lufthansa, Deutsche Bahn, Axel Springer and others.
In 2016 Dirk Backofen successfully established the business unit Telekom Security – a startup within the DAX company Deutsche Telekom AG. Dirk run this business until April 2020. Telekom Security with its 1,600 employees protected the employees, datacenters, and networks of the Deutsche Telekom Group against cyber-attacks and threats worldwide. The unit has used the same high professional tools to serve customers in the external market in the same Zero Outage manner as well.
Dirk Backofen has a master’s degree in information technology. He studied at the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany) and has been working for Deutsche Telekom since 1991. Dirk held various executive positions in product management, commercial management and marketing – especially in the areas of mobile communications, landline and IT / Cloud services.