Management board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Dr. Jörg Dräger

Member of the Executive Board

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, 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.

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Dr. Brigitte Mohn

Member of the Executive Board

Born in 1964, Dr. Brigitte Mohn is the daughter of Bertelsmann Stiftung founders Liz Mohn and the late Reinhard Mohn (1921–2009). She studied political science, art history and German philology at the universities of Bamberg, Munster and Augsburg, earning a Master of Arts in 1991 and subsequently a doctorate. In 2001 she received an MBA from the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz and the Kellogg Institute in the United States.

Her career has included positions with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Bantam, Doubleday and Dell Publishing in New York; McKinsey in Hamburg; and Pixelpark in Switzerland.

Since 2001, she has served as chair of the German Stroke Foundation’s Executive Board. In 2002, she also became director of the Health program at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. She has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board since January 1, 2005.

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Liz Mohn

Vice Chair Executive Board

Following the death of her husband, Reinhard Mohn, Liz Mohn represents the fifth generation of the Bertelsmann/Mohn family, owner of the Bertelsmann media group. She is vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Executive Board and its Board of Trustees. She is also chair of the Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft Executive Board and a member of the Supervisory Board at Bertelsmann SE. She serves as president of the German Stroke Foundation, an organization she founded, and chairs the board of the Liz Mohn Foundation for Culture and Music. She also chairs the Board of Trustees of the Association of German Music Schools.

In 1999, she became the first female member of the Club of Rome from Germany. In 2000, she received Germany’s Cross of Merit, First Class, and in 2008 the organization Atlantik-Brücke selected her as the first woman to receive the Vernon A. Walters Award. In 2010 she was also honored with the Global Economy Prize by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. She received an ECHO Klassik award in 2002 and again in 2012. In 2013, she was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.

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Aart De Geus

Chairman Executive Board

Aart Jan De Geus was born in 1955. He studied law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, then pursued postgraduate studies in labor law at the University of Nimwegen. In 1980, he accepted a position with the Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV), a trade union confederation in the Netherlands, and he became a partner in the Amsterdam management consulting firm Boer & Croon in 1998.

From 2002 to 2007 he served under Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende as minister of social affairs and employment. In 2007, he was named deputy secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with responsibility for employment, entrepreneurship, social affairs, health, education and public governance.

He joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board on September 1, 2011, and oversees projects relating to European integration, future of democracy, sustainable economies and international megatrends and partnerships. He has been chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung since August 5, 2012.

At his own request Aart De Geus will be stepping down early as chairman and CEO at the end of 2019 to return to the Netherlands where he will take on new responsibilities in the foundation sector.