York Sure-Vetter, previously a professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), was appointed director of the NFDI since March 2020. He has distinguished research experience in artificial intelligence and data science. His career has led him to various stations in the science system and in the free economy alike.
Among other stations, he was president of GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, the largest German research infrastructure for the social sciences, from 2009 to 2015. At the same time, he held a professorship first at the University of Koblenz-Landau and then at the University of Mannheim. In 2015, he followed the call to the KIT Institute AIFB (Institute for Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods), where he taught and conducted research as a professor. Furthermore he was director at the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) of KIT as well as at the FZI Research Center for Informatics.