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 management consulting firm Roland Berger. In 1998, he became CEO of the Northern Institute of Technology Management. In 2001, at the age of 33, he took office as Hamburg's Minister of Science and Research. In addition, he was a member of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and a deputy member of the German Bundesrat. In 2008, Dräger joined the Executive Board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, one of Europe’s leading think tanks. There he works in the fields of education, integration and digitization, serves as CEO of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) and mentors young entrepreneurs in the non-profit Founders Foundation.