Meet our Team
We want to support the universities on their way into the digital age. We have lived and studied in many places, attending some of the world’s finest academic institutions. Like our course catalogue, we embody intellectual diversity. Graduates of philosophy, physics and political science work alongside business and IT-specialists. Clearly, there are many open questions regarding the MOOC phenomenon. But where others see challenges, we see opportunities. We hope you will join us on our quest to find answers that work for faculty, students and society at large.
Meet our Management
Hannes is one of the founders of iversity and our current managing director. He represents us 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 distinguished Professor Yehuda Elkana. He 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 SciencesPo Strasbourg and completed the Academy Year programme at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin. From 2010-2011, Hannes Klöpper was an associate at the Stiftung 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 OpenEducation Challenge.
Sander joined iversity in August 2014 as Managing Director of the company. He focusses on managing the internal organization. In his previous job, Sander was holding 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 €14m in funding and growing the company from scratch to 10m annual turnover in four years. Before starting as the 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.
Julia oversees all of the external and internal operations at iversity. From processes and knowledge management, including legal organisation, human resources and office operations, to PR and external communication, she makes sure that iversity runs, grows and remains a productive, innovative and fun work environment. She holds a Magister degree of Political Science and German Philology from the University of Regensburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In her previous occupation as Program Manager International Affairs at Körber Foundation, she was responsible for organising and supervising several dialogue formats where eminent international politicians and experts met to discuss foreign policy - a rigorous training for her current occupation.
Dmitry is responsible for iversity's technical infrastructure in addition to leading the business intelligence team. After earning a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Saint-Petersburg State University in Russia, Dmitry started his career as the CTO and founder of BusinessMedia Software. As a part of the BusinessMedia Software team he developed several e-learning products, including EdPlace.co.uk.
Gerald leads the product development team with a focus on design, usability and stability, building a product that is smart, attractive and fun to use. He strongly believes that the better the platform, the more the users are motivated to learn, stay engaged and enjoy the experience. After earning a Diploma in Physics at Technische Universität Berlin, Gerald acknowledged his entrepreneurial spirit and talent, which lead to an EXIST scholarship from the EU and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2009 for an idea that was also education-related, and eventually lead him to work for iversity.
As Marketing Director Veit is in charge of all our Marketing activities. Prior to joining Iversity he founded a Software-as-a-Service Company for classifieds marketplaces together with Rocket Internet and led the company for six years. Right after his university studies he gained work experience at Europe's largest E-Commerce retailer, Delticom. He holds an MBA from the University of Canterbury and spend the majority of his youth in the Emirates and Great Britain.
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.
Marcus Riecke has more than 20 years of experience in leading internet, e-commerce and media companies and has held senior leadership positions at Bertelsmann, AOL Europe, eGroups (today Yahoo! Groups), eBay, studiVZ and Monster. He began his career in the film and television industry at Studio Hamburg and Bavaria Film. Born in Germany, Marcus was raised in the UK and the US and is a graduate of the University of London (B.A., 1989) and the University of California at Berkeley (M.B.A., 1996).
Jonas Liepmann founded iversity as a student with the goal 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 in 2013 to Hannes to take a sabbatical. As a shareholder of iversity Jonas continues to be passionately involved in the advancement of digital learning.
Photos: Xavier Manhing (Klöpper), Ami Osherov (Bader), Arne Weychardt (Dräger)