About us

iversity.org is the European platform for online learning. We enable universities, research institutions and knowledge-based companies to share a broad range of courses with participants from around the globe, providing them with the opportunity to earn recognised credentials, no matter where they are. This new unlimited dimension of learning is what we sum up with the phrase: “study anywhere”.

We work in close cooperation with our partners to provide high-quality courses that are engaging, interactive and fun. These participatory and engaging online courses, with thousands of participants learning together, offer an unprecedented opportunity. In short: iversity makes education more accessible, more affordable and more personalised.

We believe in the transformative power of online education. So do you? Take a look at our current job offers.


  • Eucommission
  • Ocw
  • Ministry
  • Stifterverband
  • Exist
  • Esf
  • Gesis

Meet our Team

Our team is as multi-faceted as our online learning community. Just like our course catalogue, we represent intellectual diversity: Philosophy, Physics and Political Science graduates work alongside software developers and entrepreneurs. We have lived and studied all over the world and have experienced different education systems, institutional settings and learning cultures. With cultural sensitivity and passionate commitment, it is our goal to combine higher education with the creative opportunities of the digital age. As a young team we like to experiment to achieve the best possible online learning experience for you – by optimising our technology and creating new didactical methods that are fun and useful at once. In other words, we practice what we teach: lifelong learning.

Meet our Management

Hannes Klöpper

Chief Executive Officer

Hannes is one of the founders of iversity. He represents iversity to the public and is an expert on the digitalisation of education. In this context, he recently co-authored a book on the university in the 21st century in collaboration with the distinguished Professor Yehuda Elkana. Hannes holds a Dual-Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a B.A. in International Relations from the Technische Universität Dresden. Moreover, he spent a semester at Sciences Po Strasbourg and completed the Academy Year programme at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin. From 2010-2011, Hannes Klöpper worked as an associate for the foundation Neue Verantwortung, working on a project that explored the impact of digitalisation on education. He has been selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and in 2013 has joined the board of jurors of the Open Education Challenge.

Sander Nijssen

Managing Director

Sander joined iversity in September 2014 as Managing Director of the company. He focuses on managing the internal organisation. Before joining iversity, Sander held the role of CFO at The New Motion, a tech company offering charging solutions to drivers of electric vehicles. In this role he contributed to raising over € 14 million in funding. Thus the company grew from scratch to a € 10 million annual turnover in four years. Before becoming CFO at what was then a small start-up with only 6 employees, Sander co-founded a franchise chain of high-concept restaurants throughout Europe. He started his career in the public sector, working as an economist at the Dutch Central Bank and Dutch Ministry of Finance, and as a consultant for the World Bank in India.

Lara Ruppertz

Director of Didactics & Course Development

As Director of Didactics & Course Development, Lara is responsible for all things didactics at iversity. Her team develops and supports all courses on our platform and works closely with our academic and corporate partners. In addition, she is responsible for the customer and academic support team and guiding product development in didactical matters. Before, she was involved in curriculum development for an HBS-founded vocational education start-up and was Research Assistant for the educational program at Bertelsmann Stiftung. Lara also gained experience as a teacher at various schools in Germany. She holds a graduate degree (equiv. Ed.M/M.Sc.) in Education and English & Spanish Literature from RWTH Aachen.

Dr. Florian Nickels-Teske

Director of Business Development

Florian is iversity’s Director of Business Development, building and maintaining relationships with our academic and professional clients and aiding them in developing effective online learning products. Before joining iversity, Florian worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. in London, U.K. He then took the role of strategy manager at The Open University in Milton Keynes, U.K., where he developed an abiding interest in online education and the opportunities it opens up for learners and instructors alike. Florian holds a DPhil in Political Economy and a MPhil in European Politics and Society, both from the University of Oxford in the U.K., as well as a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in the U.S.

Elke Henning

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Elke is responsible for all financial, HR-related, legal, infrastructural and operational processes at iversity. Over the past 7 years, Elke has worked for institutions in the areas of education and research, and has extensive experience in managing projects, processes and organisations. Before Elke joined iversity, she was part of the management and head of administration at the Global Climate Forum (GCF), responsible for development in the areas of finance, HR, legals and infrastructure. She also coordinated research projects in China, the EU and the US, particularly in the area of policy dialogue. After studying political science and economics in Trier, Istanbul and Potsdam, she worked as coordinator of the Global Climate Forum and project manager at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Tim Vogelsang

Director of Business Intelligence

Tim holds a Master of Applied Mathematics from Bonn University. His academic focus was stochastic optimal control theory and mathematical finance which found fruitful applications in research projects with BGL, BNP, Paribas and Postbank. Tim joined iversity with its launch as an aspiring EdTech startup in 2013 and found that the evolving research area of learning analytics bridged his passion for mathematical modelling, data analysis and education. Tim's research on peer grading and learning group creation has been presented at international conferences such as LAK15 or EdM15. He is active in the international online education research community and has been an invited guest and speaker at educational research events from institutions such as Harvard and MIT.

Gordon Friebe

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Gordon leads the Development Team, taking care of the technological execution of the platform. Gordon has worked in the web technology based startup scene for more than ten years holding positions from freelancer to CEO and has had the opportunity to gather experience from a variety of successful companies. Starting out with a computer science degree, his focus has always been on the technical side of the business. While having looked into all technical aspects from server operations to frontend development he is now focused on developing the application backend.

Advisory Board

Dr. Jörg Dräger

Jörg Dräger is Executive Director of the CHE Centre of Higher Education and member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board where he is responsible for the program areas of education, integration and democracy. In January 2012, Dräger has also been appointed Adjunct Professor for Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. From 2001-2008 he served as Hamburg’s minister of science and research and was a member of Germany's Permanent Conference of Educational Ministers as well as deputy representative to the Bundesrat, the federal body that represents the German states at the national level. He studied physics and business administration at the Universität Hamburg and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Cornell University in New York State.

Prof. Èdouard Husson

Between 2012 and 2014, Édouard Husson worked as the director of the business school Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), that expanded to four more European locations in Berlin, London, Madrid, and Turin. Prior to this, he was the vice chancellor of Université Paris/La Sorbonne and acted as advisor of the French Minister of Education. Husson is a well respected historian and researcher on the history of National Socialism and International Relations and has taught in some of the most renowned scientific institutions in his research area. These include the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich, the Sorbonne in Paris, and the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. In September 2015 he became Vice-President of the PSL Research University Paris.

Prof. Hans N. Weiler

Hans N. Weiler is a professor emeritus of Comparative Political Science and Educational Politics at Stanford University, where he’s been teaching since 1965. Since 2014, he has held the position of the “Academic Secretary to the University”. He was Vice Chancellor of the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) from 1993 to 1999. He worked as Director of the UNESCO International Institute of Educational Planning in Paris (IIEP) and contributed to building up the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Being one of the most renowned international educational researchers, his expertise is in high demand. Consequently, he advises decision-makers regarding the reformation of higher education in Germany and other countries. Many of his publications address the question of how to ensure and improve the quality of teaching in higher education.


Jonas Liepmann

Jonas Liepmann founded iversity as a student. His goal was to facilitate networking and publication within academia. He secured initial funding by the “EXIST”-programme, a government scholarship for aspiring student entrepreneurs. He got Hannes on board in 2011, and the two continued to develop iversity together. Jonas passed the CEO position to Hannes in 2013 to take a sabbatical. As a shareholder of iversity Jonas continues to be passionately involved in the advancement of digital learning.

Photos: Na'ama Landau (Klöpper, Vogelsang), Christina Pautsch (Nijssen), Arne Weychardt (Dräger), Sam Butler (Husson, Ruppertz)