Jörg Dräger

Executive Director of the Board of Trustees, Kühne Foundation


Dr. Jörg Dräger, born in 1968, received his M.Sc. and 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 Minister of Science and Research, and later also as its Minister of Health and Consumer Protection. In addition, he was a member of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and a deputy member of the German Bundesrat.

In 2008 Dräger joined Europe’s largest private think tank, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, as a member of its Executive Board. He was responsible for the foundation’s education, integration and digital programs, served as CEO of the Centre for Higher Education Development and mentored young entrepreneurs in the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Founders Foundation.

In 2022 Dräger became Executive Director of the Board of Trustees of the Swiss Kühne Stiftung, supervising the foundation’s work in science, medicine, climate action and cultural affairs. Among other roles, he is chairman of the Kühne Logistics University, the Hochgebirgsklinik Davos, the HELP Logistics AG.