Jörg Dräger

Executive Director of the Board of Trustees, Kühne Foundation


Dr. Jörg Dräger studied Physics and Economics in Hamburg and New York. After his Ph.D. in theoretical physics, he worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Frankfurt/Main. He returned to Hamburg as CEO of the Northern Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2008 Dr. Dräger took office as Hamburg’s (independent) Minister of Science and Research. In addition, he was a member of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and a deputy member of the German Bundesrat. From 2008 till the end of 2021 he was a member of the Executive Board at the Bertelsmann Foundation, the CEO of the Center of Higher Education Development, and chaired the board of the company builder Founders Foundation. Dr. Dräger was first appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Kühne Foundation in 2008, and has been its Executive Director since 2022. The focus of his work lies on education, digitization, and management.