Prof. Dr. Marco Gercke is an entrepreneur, scientist and consultant. His first focus area is Cybersecurity. With more than 1000 speeches in over 100 countries and over 100 scientific publications, Prof. Gercke is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of cybersecurity and cybercrime. He is the founder and director of the Cybercrime Research Institute, an independent research institute and think tank based in Cologne. He advises governments, organizations and large enterprises around the world and advises them on strategic, political and legal issues in the field of cybersecurity. The main focus of his work is the development of innovative approaches to tackling a problem that has developed into a central problem for governments and businesses in recent years – Cybercrime.  Over the past 15 years, he has worked in over 100 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and Latin America. As a respected and experienced speaker, Prof. Gercke offers excellent and useful insider knowledge on the subject of cybersecurity due to his many years of activity and internal view. His lectures are clearly structured, very informative and include practical examples.

Incident Simulations

In addition to speeches, Prof. Gercke is conducting „Cyber ​​Incident Simulations“ with governments and board members of large enterprises. These are not technical simulations, but a “war gaming” / “serious gaming” approach, which allows the participants to check their capabilities in dealing with sophisticated attacks. The basis can be a real or a fictitious company (with different branches of industry available). Depending on the decision of the participants the plot of the simulation develops dynamically. It is also highly interactive and allows an interaction with the audience. In the last years Prof. Gercke has carried out such simulations worldwide with numerous governments and board members of large enterprises. The simulation was also run for World Bank, the European Central Bank and the United Nations, and has been part of the Munich Security Conference program for the last three years. Clients can book such simulation for events of up to 100 participants, giving them an exclusive insight into how ministers and directors of large companies are preparing for cyber attacks.

Digitalization, Artificial Intelligence

The second focus of his lecture and advising activities are the digitization and its effects – especially with regard to „Machine Learning“ and Artificial Intelligence. In the 90th he founded a company that utillized „Machine Learning“ to develop software solutions for medical diagnostics. He was responsible for the development of the underlying technology. The next company he founded, a media agency, used „machine learning“ and artificial intelligence for user interaction. Today, he focuses on advising international organizations and executive boards of major companies on issues related to the opportunities and risks of digitalization and the use of artificial intelligence. As an entrepreneur, scientist and consultant, his speeches are visionary and provide an insight into the significant development in this area.

Summary and Logistical Information

Languages: English and German

Topics for presentations: Marco is preparing an individual speech for each event. The organizers will have the chance to discuss focus areas with Marco in a briefing call. Typical topics are:

• Current Developments in Cybersecurity and Cybercrime

• Relevance for Board Members and Managing Directors

• Implications for Companies and Decision-Makers

• Cyber ​​Incident Simulations

• Digitization, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

• Impact of AI  on Economy, Society and Politics

Presentation style:  Marco is a very experienced and energetic speaker. He usually speaks free (without supporting presentation slides) as this enables him to respond to the audience. Upon request Marco is happy to use slides in addition.

Publications: Copies of one or more of Marco’s publications (available in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Chinese) can be made available for the audience and Marco is available for signing sessions.


If you would like to book Marco as a speaker, please feel free to contact us via e-mail (info(at)