Thomas Schaefer was born 1955 in Basel (Switzerland), widowed, no children, resident near Langenthal in central Switzerland. Qualifications include dipl. El. Ing. ETH (nowadays Master of Science), Industrial Engineer STV and Quality Manager NDS. Employed at Swiss Mobiliar for more than 10 years, Head of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance for 8 years, with IT risk management and IT security at Swiss Mobiliar as his main responsibilities, since about 1 year assigned as expert to the CISO office. Previously employed at a number of companies in various positions and roles (primarily developer, project manager, line manager...). Topics: ERP for mail-order trade, engineering for life science, environmental monitoring and measurement technologies, semiconductor manufacturing and photogrammetry/cartography.