Hubert Lakner (born 1958) received his diploma-degree in physics from Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen in 1986. After one year in industry he joined the Gerhard-Mercator-Universität (Duisburg) working in the field of nanocharacterisation of mesoscopic semiconductor structures. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1993. From 1994 until September 1998 he hold a post doc position (Oberingenieur) at the Gerhard-Mercator-Universität. He focussed on high frequency and high speed circuits based on compound semiconductor heterostructures. In October 1998 he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS) in Dresden where he was the Acting Director in 2002. Since January 2003 he is the (founding) Director of the new Fraunhofer Institute of Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) in Dresden. Additionally, he is Professor for Optoelectronic Devices and Systems in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University Dresden since February 2004. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Fraunhofer Microelectronics Group since 2005, representing about 3500 employees in 11 Fraunhofer institutes, and member of the Fraunhofer Präsidium (Presedential Council). Prof. Lakner is engaged in many European and German initiatives e.g. AENEAS supervisory board, member of the ELG (Electronic Leaders Group), member of ECSEL Germany, chairman of the scientific advisory board of SILICON SAXONY.