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Head of Directorate Operations at BDBOS
Barbara Held is currently Head of Directorate operations at the German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS) which is responsible for running the digital network and the tactical coordination with the users. She has joined the BDBOS in August 2012 as Head of Directorate General Affairs.Following her academic career in Communication Science at Freie UniversitÃ¤t Berlin, Barbara Held was hired in 2000 by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) to work for the Federal Coordination Board for the ICT in the German Government (KBST). Among her tasks was the promotion of Open Standards as well as the management of several eGovernment projects. From 2004 to 2008 Barbara Held was seconded as National Expert to the European Commission (DG Entreprise and DG Informatics) covering various topics in the area of cross-border data exchange. Back in Berlin she became member of the unit â€œPolice Information Mattersâ€ in the BMI,serving as head of the German delegation in the relevant EU-Council working groups (Schengen and DAPIX). In 2012 Barbara Held attended a six month course in â€œInternational Security Policyâ€ at the German Federal Academy for Security Studies (Berlin).She holds a PhD in Communication Science and is board member and director of the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA).