About us

Our objective is to make education more accessible, more affordable and more personalised. We provide you with the opportunity to take courses from institutions all over Europe, no matter where you are.

This is what we mean by the phrase: “study anywhere”.

iversity.org is Europe's digital learning platform for higher education and professional development. We enable universities, nonprofits and knowledge-based companies to share courses awarding recognised credentials with participants from around the globe.

We work in close cooperation with our partners to provide a high-quality learning experience that is engaging, interactive and fun.

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

Partners

  • 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 the founder and CEO of iversity. He represents iversity to the public and is an expert on the digitalisation of education. He co-authored a book on the university in the 21st century in collaboration with the distinguished philosopher 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 on a project that explored the impact of digitalisation on education for the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. He has been invited to speak on the future of education at numerous conferences including the World Economic Forum in Davos, The Economist Higher Education Forum, the EAIE Annual Conference, the British Council Going Global, Edcrunch Moscow, European Forum Alpbach, Online Educa and Websummit.

Christina Pautsch

Managing Director

Since 2015, Christina has been in charge of the conceptional and strategic development of the iversity platform. She translates the company’s strive for didactical excellence into learning experiences that inform, involve and inspire users. Christina studied cultural and media sciences at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and Filmhochschule Potsdam. She worked as a freelance user experience designer for several years. Subsequently, she worked for different consultancy firms, establishing new digital business areas for companies like Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom, including various educational projects. She participated in several publications related to social media management at the Institute for Social Media Communication (Ikosom).







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, as well as a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


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.

Co-Founder

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)