Thomas R. Köhler


Thomas R. Köhler, a renowned expert for digitalization, IT and future trends, is the founding director of CE21 Consulting. Since the beginning of the internet era, he’s been deeply involved in ‘digitalization’, the most important driver of the 21st Century, as entrepreneur, consultant and author.

With his team he provides specialist consultancy support regarding digital future to clients throughout Europe, including major telecommunications providers, medium and large enterprises of various industries as well as governments bodies and international organizations. The founder of a start up dealing with cyber security holds several patents and is also an inspiring and sought-after speaker at customer events and conferences, TV expert and moderator at large congresses

As a moderator he regularly meets up with high-ranking representatives of politics, science and business and asks the right, often critical questions. He can and has to mediate or be provocative or set impulses to get discussions going. Always confident even in critical situations he gets top ratings for dealing with demanding and challenging participants and guests. With his inspiring way of moderating he demonstrates that moderating is much more then reading standardized questions cards.

He allows a glimpse behind the scenes and reveals chances and challenges. You get either a broad overview, global outlook or individual insight, across industries or specifically, Informative and inspiring. Exciting for experts. Easily understood by non-experts. Customized for any audience.

Before founding CE21 in 2007, he had worked as a research assistant at the University of Wuerzburg and subsequently launched two succesfull startups in the dawning of the internet era. He is also on the supervisory board of BALIQA Invest AG, a company focusing on technology investments.

Thomas is also well-known as the author of several books highlighting the risks and opportunities of our connected world for individuals as well as businesses.

All of his books were published with big names in the international publishing industry (including “Frankfurter Allgemeine”, “NZZ Libro”, “Addison Wesley” and “ArtechHouse Publishers, Boston/London”). With his 2010 book “Die Internetfalle” (The Internet Trap) he helped starting the public discussion on privacy security in the internet era. His book “Der programmierte Mensch” (The programmed Human) was named “Das Kursbuch für das Informationszeitalter” by German Business Magazine “Capital” in 2013. Thomas has contributed to different publications ranging from research papers to company white papers on technology. He also is a regular columnist for “Business Impact” magazine. As a regular media commentator on Internet and Society he has appeared on television and radio including the major German news broadcasts “tagesthemen” and “tagesschau” as well as on “3Sat”(TV), “Deutschlandradio Kultur”, “BR” (TV+radio), “WDR” (TV), “RBB” (radio), “Sat1”, “Alpenwelle”, “Radio1”(Switzerland) and many others.