Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data


Tobias Ley

Birth Date and Place

07 August 1973, Langen/Germany



Family Status

Unmarried Partnership
Two Daughters (4 and 7 years)

Professional Experience

since 03/2011

Professor of Digital Ecosystems
Institute for Informatics, Tallinn University, EstoniaConducting research in cognitive models in human computer interaction, adaptive technologies for workplace learning, knowledge management and organizational learning, Social Media, teaching in Interactive Knowledge and Media Environments

10/2008 – 02/2011

University Assistant (Post Doc)
University of Graz, Austria, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Science Section (Prof. Dietrich Albert)Conducting research and teaching in cognitive psychology, supervising masters students, writing research grant proposals

01/2001 – 02/2011

Deputy Division Manager and Project Manager (Knowledge Management)
Know-Center, Graz, Austria (Austria’s Competence Center for KM)Managing numerous national and international research projects in the EU FP6 and FP7, Kplus and COMET frameworks, leading research teams, working on division research strategy, writing research grant proposals and scientific publications, managing relation to industry



Habilitation in Psychology (Venia legendi)
Thesis: “A Cognitive Modeling Approach to Adaptive Work-integrated Learning”
Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Graz, Austria
Degree: Priv.-Doz. (Psychology)

10/2001 – 11/2005


Doctorate in the Natural Sciences (Psychology)
Major Subject: Applied Cognitive Psychology (Grade: excellent)
Minor: Knowledge Management (Grade: excellent)
Dissertation: ”Organizational Competency Management – A Competence Performance Approach“ (Grade: excellent)
Cognitive Science Section, University of Graz, Austria
Degree: Dr. rer. nat. (with distinctions)

10/1994 – 10/2000


Diplom in Psychology (Master of Science)
Major Subjects: Organizational Psychology and Decision Science
Minor: Management
Thesis: “The leader’s intent and strategic decision making in a distributed dynamic decision task” (Grade: excellent)
University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany
Degree: Vordiplom (Grade: excellent)
Degree: Diplom (Grade: excellent)

08/1999 – 06/2000

01/1999 – 06/1999

Research and Coursework AbroadCourse- and Project Work in the Masters Program: Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, E-Commerce (GPA 4.0)
Krannert Graduate School of Management, Indiana, USA

Research conducted for Diploma Thesis
Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne, Australia




InternshipsUsability Engineering
Büro für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie (Prof. J. Prümper), Berlin

Management and Technology Consulting, PA Consulting Group, Frankfurt

International Human Resource Development
Corporate Human Resources Development, Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg

08/1986 – 06/1993


High SchoolGeorg-Büchner-Gymnasium, Bad Vilbel, Germany
Degree: Abitur (Grade: 1.2, excellent)

08/1990 – 06/1991

Worthington High School, Ohio, USA
Degree: High School Diploma (GPA 4.0)


08/1999 – 06/2000

Fulbright Scholarship for studies in the Masters Program in the USA

08/1990 – 08/1991

Scholarship from the German Bundestag and the US Congress for a one-year intercultural youth exchange in the USA

Social Service

08/1993 – 10/1994

Zivildienst (Compulsory Social Service)
Arbeiter Samariter Bund, Karben, Germany

Volunteer Work

09/2003 – 12/2005

since 10/1991

Lecturing and publishing on the topic of Knowledge Management, organizing industry events
Wissensmanagement Forum GrazConducted interviews and seminars in intercultural Youth Exchange,
Youth For Understanding, Hamburg/Germany and Vienna/Austria

Foreign Languages

French, Finish, Latin

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