Volker Ziegler

Munich, Germany
6G leadership, Chief Architect


Volker is an energetic leader with 25+ years of broad and international experience in the telecommunications industry. He is known for his strong commitment to customer and team achievements. Throughout his career he has demonstrated an ability to meet and exceed targets through strong intellectual grasp, excellent leadership skills, and a strong focus on creating new opportunities and business development impact.

In his current role of 6G leadership with Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research and scientific development arm of Nokia, he leads Nokia digital transformation initiatives aimed at exploring and leveraging innovations with customers and partners in the fledgling ecosystem for the 6G era.

In his previous role as Head of 5G Leadership and Chief Architect of Nokia Mobile Networks, Volker played a key role in defining Nokia e2e 5G offering and positioning Nokia strongly in 5G and associated innovation, technologies and architecture.

Prior to this, Volker served in Head of Strategy roles of the company and as Head of the North East Region, driving market share gain in many key markets, including Scandinavia, Russia and Turkey.

In his 10+ year career with Siemens, Volker has held Business Unit leadership, finance, sales and marketing, services and R&D global roles and senior positions. He has worked as Information Technology Specialist with the World Bank / IFC in the mid-90s. Volker has started his career as a research scientist with German Aerospace Research / DLR.


Dipl.-Ing. (MSc) in Electrical Engineering, Universität (TH) Karlsruhe, Germany

Dr.-Ing. (PhD) in Electrical Engineering, Universität (TH) Karlsruhe, Germany

Graduate from Executive Development Program (EDP), Harvard Business School, USA

Professional activities

Information Technical Society in VDE, Member of the Board (from 1/2021)

Selected articles and publications

V. Ziegler, P. Schneider, H. Viswanathan, M. Montag, S. Kanugovi and A. Rezaki, "Security and Trust in the 6G Era," in IEEE Access, vol. 9, pp. 142314-142327, 2021, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3120143.

V. Ziegler and S. Yrjölä, "How To Make 6G a General Purpose Technology: Prerequisites and value creation paradigm shift," 2021 Joint European Conference on Networks and Communications & 6G Summit (EuCNC/6G Summit), 2021, pp. 586-591, doi: 10.1109/EuCNC/6GSummit51104.2021.9482431.

V. Ziegler, H. Viswanathan, H. Flinck, M. Hoffmann, V. Räisänen and K. Hätönen, "6G Architecture to Connect the Worlds," in IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 173508-173520, 2020, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3025032

V. Ziegler and S. Yrjola, "6G Indicators of Value and Performance," 2020 2nd 6G Wireless Summit (6G SUMMIT), Levi, Finland, 2020, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1109/6GSUMMIT49458.2020.9083885

V. Ziegler, T. Wild, M. Uusitalo, H. Flinck, V. Räisänen and K. Hätönen, "Stratification of 5G evolution and Beyond 5G," 2019 IEEE 2nd 5G World Forum (5GWF), Dresden, Germany, 2019, pp. 329-334, doi: 10.1109/5GWF.2019.8911739.

V. Ziegler et al., "Architecture vision for the 5G era," 2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC), Kuala Lumpur, 2016, pp. 51-56, doi: 10.1109/ICCW.2016.7503763.

V. Ziegler, “Progressive Liberalization of Latin American Telecommunications and Foreign Investment”, Connect-World Latin America, Q1/1998, p.5


V. Ziegler, “The Information Age Challenge for Asian Emerging Economies and the Role of the World Bank”, in “World Markets in 1998, Infrastructure Development – Asia”, DRI/McGraw-Hill, 1998, pp.90-93

Carlos P. Braga, Volker Ziegler and Li-Gang Liu, “Telecommunications in the Andean Countries”, chapter in Miguel R. Mendoza, Patricia Correa and Barbara Kotschwar, editors, “The Andean Community and the United States: Trade and Investment Relations in the 1990s”, 1998, pp.241-270

Carlos P. Braga and Volker Ziegler, “Telecommunications in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Role of Foreign Capital”, pp. 409-420, chapter in the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, “The Changing Role of International Capital in Latin America”, edited by Werner Baer, Vol. 38, 1998

V. Ziegler, “Radar Polarimetry Methods for Ground-Based and Space-Borne Remote Sensing of Precipitation”, 195 pages, ISSN 0939-2963, DLR FB 93-45, 1993

V. Ziegler, “Phased Array for Mobile Satellite Communications”, 76 pages, ISSN 0939-2963, DLR FB 91-21, 1991