International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

March 2011


Expert becomes President

DKE appoints Wolfgang Hofheinz

Wolfgang Hofheinz was elected President of DKE, the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE, at the DKE Council meeting that took place in December 2010. He began his term of office in January 2011. (DIN is the German Institute for Standardization. VDE is Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies.)


Hofheinz succeeds former DKE President Dietmar Harting, who was appointed Honorary President. As President of DKE and a member for the past 12 years of the German NC (National Committee) of the IEC and of CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, Harting was instrumental in developing the strategic orientation of DKE as a modern service provider to industry and society.


Hofheinz, is Executive Vice-President of the Dipl.-Ing. W. Bender GmbH & Co. KG in Grünberg, Germany, and has been an active member of many technical bodies of electrotechnical standardization for almost 30 years.

IEC expert

Hofheinz has been involved in IEC TC (Technical Committee) 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities, for many years. He is Convenor of TC 85/WG (Working Group) 8: Measuring and monitoring equipment for testing protective devices in energy distribution systems, and a member of the PT (Project Team) 61557-15: Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1 000 V a.c. and 1 500 V d.c. - Equipment for testing, measuring or monitoring of protective measures - Part 15: Functional safety requirements for insulation monitoring devices in IT systems and equipment for insulation fault location in IT systems.


In 2006, Hofheinz was granted the IEC 1906 Award for his outstanding commitment to standardization, and in 2008 he was honoured with the DKE Award.


The DKE Council also elected Klaus Mittelbach as First Vice-President and confirmed Hartwig Steusloff as Second Vice-President.


DKE elaborates standards and safety specifications covering the areas of electrical engineering, electronics and information technology. DKE represents German interests in the IEC and in CENELEC.


The DKE Council consists of 30 leaders from German industry, science and government. The Council is the highest decision-making body in the DKE.