Dr. Jörg Dräger
Executive Board member, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Dr. Jörg Dräger, born in 1968, studied Physics and Economics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He then went on to receive a Master of Science (M.Sc.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University, New York, before returning to Germany in 1996 to work for the German management consulting firm Roland Berger. In 1998, he became CEO of the Northern Institute of Technology, an internationally oriented, private institution of higher education.
In 2001, at the age of 33, he took office as Hamburg’s (independent) Minister of Science and Research, and later also as its Minister of Health and Consumer Protection. In addition, he was a member of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and a deputy member of the German Bundesrat.
In 2008, Dr. Dräger joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung as a member of its Executive Board. He is responsible for the foundation’s education and integration programs, serves as CEO of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) and mentors young entrepreneurs in the non-profit Founders Foundation, a Bertelsmann Stiftung initiative. In addition to this, he teaches Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance.