Liaison Officer of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Matthias Fischer, LL.M. (University of Haifa) Liaison Officer of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community at the German Embassy in Tel Aviv - Counsellor - After his graduation from Hamburg Law School in 2007, Matthias joined one of the Big Four accounting firms in Germany as research assistant in the department of Corporate Restructuring (2007-2008). From 2008 to 2009, Matthias has participated in the European Master in Law and Economics program with a strong focus on regulatory law (terms at George Mason School of Law, Arlington, USA; University of Gent, Belgium; University of Haifa, Israel). Matthias is a PhD candidate in the field of European Union Law at the University of Hamburg. Previously to his bar examination in 2012, Matthias worked for the German Embassy in Bangkok and for the Supreme Court of Israel (Justice Hanan Melcer) as part of the mandatory German legal clerkship scheme. In 2012, Matthias started to practice regulatory law with the Berlin branch of a large German law firm. From 2014 to 2019, Matthias served as senior policy officer in the Federal Ministry of the Interior. He wasresponsible for cybersecurity in the private sector, most importantly in critical infrastructures. Transforming the European NIS-Directive into German national law, Matthias has drafted the ordinance on the determination of critical infrastructures in the Federal Republic of Germany. Additionally, Matthias was responsible for screening foreign investments in key private companies with a strong cybersecurity focus. In 2018, Matthias was in charge of negotiating in the EU Council parts of the EU Cybersecurity Act dealing with implementing a common EU Cybersecurity Certification framework for IT-products, services and processes. Since April 2019, Matthias is posted at the German Embassy in Tel Aviv serving as Liaison Officer of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI). As BMI´s representative in Israel, Matthias is fostering the cooperation of the BMI and its offices with the respective Israeli partner authorities in the field of cybersecurity, public security and emergency management.