Gustav Kalbe

Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructures – Head of Unit HPC and Quantum Technology, EC

Acting Director

Dr.  Gustav Kalbe is German, born in Belgium. From 1986 to 1990 he studied Applied  Physics at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. In 1991 he studied  Applied Optics at the Imperial College of Science in London. In 1995 he  completed his studies and earned a PhD in Physics, Molecular Spectroscopy, at  the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

He started his professional career as a project manager in photonic  networks at the incumbent telecom operator in Belgium. He was R&D manager  when he left the company.

In 1998 he joined the Directorate General Information Society & Media  of the European Commission where he started working as Project Officer  managing research projects of the European Framework Programs for Research. Over the years he had several assignments in quantum technologies, photonics,  and cybersecurity.

In 2014 Gustav Kalbe became Head of Unit for Administration & Finance  in the European Commission, in Directorate General Communications Networks,  Content and Technology.    

In 2016 he was appointed Head of Unit of the newly created High Performance  Computing and Quantum Technology unit in Directorate General Communications  Networks, Content and Technology.    

In 2018 he became responsible for the establishment and operation of the  European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking. He occupied the post  of Interim Executive Director of the Joint Undertaking until its autonomy by  the end of 2020.    

In January 2021, he was appointed Deputy to the Director of DG Connect C  “Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure”.    

Since May 2022 Gustav is the Acting Director of DG Connect C “Digital  Excellence and Science Infrastructure”.