General Manager, Media Services and Platforms, IRT
Rainer Schäfer is General Manager Media Services and Platforms TV at the IRT, the R&D institute of the public German broadcasters (incl. ORF in Austria and SRG in Switzerland) since May 2016 and worked as General Manager TV since May 2009. He joined the IRT in 1986 after studying electrical engineering at the technical university of Munich. During his career, he worked in several positions as hard- and software developer, project leader, seniour engineer and as head of the TV production systems section. Working areas were analogue and digital television, video coding and DVB, production chains, standards converters, interactive television and integrated media production systems. He is regularly active as participant or in chairing positions in DVB, EBU and other national or international bodies, as well as EU projects. Currently, he is vice chair of the board of the FKTG in Germany.