Nach der Mitgliederversammlung am 27. Juni 2012 setzt sich der Vorstand wie folgt zusammen:
Joachim Klaus – born in 1942 – studied Germanistik, Anglistik and Romanistik at the Universities in Heidelberg, Lyon, Grenoble and Tuebingen and graduated in the two teaching exams (Deutsch / Französisch). After 2 years of teaching he changed over to the University of Tuebingen and in 1971 to the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).
His university research was dedicated to social and pedagogical areas in „student counselling“, „open and distance learning“ and the special field of „informatics for the blind“.
At the University of Karlsruhe he was the founder and director of
„Student Counselling and Guidance Centre“ (1971-1993)
„Centre for Open and Distance Learning“ (1984-2007)
„Study Centre for the Visually Impaired Students“ (1987-2011)
Joachim Klaus was head of a lot of national and international programmes, member of different national and international organisations, committees, and from 1998-2000 President of FEDORA (European Forum for Student Guidance).
He received several awards, among them
2005 „Austrian Medal of Honor for Science and Arts“
2007 „Brighter Future Award“ of the ECDL Foundation in Dublin
2008 „First Degree Meda of the Fac. of Nuclear Science and Physical Engineering“ of the Czech Technical University of Prague
2009 „Silver Medal of Upper Austria“
2010 „Miriam van Acker Award for Leadership in the Disability Community“
2010 „ICCHP Roland Wagner Award“ of the Austrian Computer Society in Vienna
2010 „Fridericiana Medal of Merit“ of the KIT
Joachim Klaus is one of the founding members of the DEF.