Dr. Jörg Dräger, born in 1968, studied Physics with a minor in 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 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 Permant 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 think-tank’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. In his research he currently tries to understand how algorithms and the internet change our societies.
He serves among others in the boards of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration, the National Expert Forum on the Digital Future of Higher Education, the Forum Education and Digitization. In addition to this, he teaches Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance.