Max Völkel was working as a PhD student and Research Assistant at the Forschungzentrum für Informatik (FZI) at the Universität Karlsruhe(TH). His topics were Personal Knowledge Management, Semantic Web Infrastructure and Semantic Wikis. He has organised several workshops on semantic wikis (SemWiki 2006 at the ESWC, see http://semwiki.org).
In the Knowledge Web Network of Excellence he has worked on versioning RDF data and programatic access of ontologies (RDFReactor, http://rdfreactor.semweb4j.org). He has worked in the EU-project NEPOMUK to build a next-generation knowledge articulation tool.
He is the author of a number of RDF-based tools such as RDF2Go (http://rdf2go.semweb4j.org), a triple store abstraction layer. He is also one of the founders of the Semantic MediaWiki project (http://ontoworld.org).
Max was involved in the leadership and organization of the SemanticWiki mini-series back in the 2008/2009 time frame, and had co-chaired and presented at several of the sessions there.
Recently he founded http://Calpano.com, a start-up for personal task and time management, based on semantic cloud technology.