The USK team organizes the testing and classification process, paving the way for youth protection in digital games and apps – online and offline. Get to know our team and get in touch with us!
Elisabeth has been Managing Director of the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK) since January 2018. As part of her work, she is involved as a member of the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) board for age ratings for online games and apps. Previously, she was deputy head of youth media protection at “die medienanstalten,” the umbrella organization of Berlin’s 14 state media authorities. Elisabeth Secker is also active as a member of the advisory board of the Digital Games Culture Foundation and on the Safer Advisory Board of an international games platform.
Deputy Managing Director & Legal Counsel
Lorenzo has been Deputy Managing Director & Legal Counsel of Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) since December 2019. Since November 2018, he has been responsible for managing the USK.online division. Before joining USK in 2015, Lorenzo, who holds a law degree, gained experience at well-known companies in the media industry. Lorenzo is also active as a deputy member of the advisory board of the Digital Games Culture Foundation.
Testing Department Manager
Marek graduated in media informatics and became the first game tester of the USK in 1994. In 2003, he took over the management of the entire testing department. His tasks include the coordination of the area, the technical preparation of the games, the training and selection of the reviewers, and the quality assurance of the game presentations. Since 2007, he has been responsible for the merged testing area for IARC & JuSchG procedures.
Lukas studied Communication Science and English Studies (B.A.) and Children’s and Youth Media (M.A.) at the University of Erfurt. He has been part of the USK team since January 2016 and was initially involved in the quality assurance of youth media protection within the IARC system. Since the beginning of 2018, he has been coordinating and managing the daily work of the IARC department. In addition, he is the contact person for all complaints regarding the labels of online games and apps and supports the social media work of the USK.
Johanna holds a Master’s degree in Museum Management and Communication from the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Previously, she studied Classical Archaeology and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Before joining USK in September 2021, Johanna worked at the Ethnological Museum Berlin and completed further training on data management and data protection. Now she takes care of quality assurance within the IARC system.
Daniel studied sociology (M.A.) at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. After his studies, he worked in Lisbon in the field of content moderation. Since September 2021, he has been supporting the USK team in quality assurance within the IARC system.
Lara studied German Linguistics at Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 2017, she has been an employee in the testing department of the USK and is mainly responsible for the technical preparation of games and the implementation of simplified testing procedures.
Project Manager USK.online
Björn studied Digital Media Cultures at the Babelsberg Film University and has since focused his media science work on video games. Since mid-2017, he has been working as a project manager in the USK.online department. Here he looks after the USK members, realizes implementations in technical youth protection, and works on internal projects of the USK.
Online Youth Protection Consultant
Konrad studied Slavic Cultures / Russian Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin and later Business Communication at BBW University in Berlin. From 2016 to 2020, he worked as a project and event manager in the medical industry. Here he gained experience in the organization and implementation of international conferences and member and sponsor support. Since March 2021, Konrad has been supporting the USK.online division as a consultant for online youth protection. In this role, he supports member companies in matters relating to the protection of minors and acts as a point of contact for complaints and questions relating to topics relevant to the protection of minors in the online sector.
Assistance to the Permanent Representatives of the Supreme State Youth Authorities
Simone trained as a management assistant in office communication. Before joining the USK in 2003 as an assistant to the Permanent Representatives of the Supreme State Youth Authorities (OLJB), she worked in the office of the USK’s then responsible body, the “Förderverein für Jugend und Sozialarbeit e. V.”. Since 2003, Simone has supported the work of the Permanent Representatives of the OLJB at the USK and, since 2021, has been the coordinator of the USK testing area, responsible for organizing the testing procedures and the committee tests. She is also the contact person for the youth protection experts.
Irina studied Sinology in Frankfurt am Main. Since March 2021, she has supported USK as a project manager in public relations. Previously, Irina gained extensive experience in digital marketing with a focus on campaign execution and strategic brand profile development.
Tilo studied information electronics/computer science. He worked in areas of mainframe systems for several years before joining USK in 1995. Since then, he has been involved in many projects within the games and media industry and the social sector.
Cordelia worked at BIU (now game Verband) as a management assistant and in accounting until 2012. Since January 2013, Cordelia has been responsible for financial accounting at USK. Her responsibilities include general invoice management and supporting the USK management in the area of human resources management.
After his studies and part-time jobs as a tourist guide, Sascha started his first office management position at the game developer Wooga. After working for Veganz and Rocket Internet, he has supported the USK as an Office Manager and at the reception since March 2021. In his role, he is responsible for the smooth running of the USK office and always has an eye on the well-being of his colleagues.