Hansjörg Kutterer is director general of the German National Mapping Agency (BKG). He received his Dipl.-Ing. and doctoral degrees in geodesy from the University of Karlsruhe. After 20 years of an academic career he moved to BKG in 2011. He holds (and has held) positions in various committees and organisations such as vice president of EuroGeographics, and is president of the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management (DVW).