Advisory Board

We are thrilled to receive guidance from experienced strategic advisors.

The advisory board provides Kiron’s management with strategic advice and plays an accountability role vis-à-vis the managing directors. Consequently, it functions as a system of checks and balances to ensure that our financial decision-making is in accordance with Kiron’s overall vision of helping refugees gain access to higher education.

The board also has the authority to vote on long-term investment decisions and the legal responsibility to approve annual forecasting and the annual financial report. We are very grateful to have earned the support of outstanding professionals with experience in the fields of higher education, management and migration politics who are willing to dedicate their time and knowledge to help Kiron reach its goals.

Tim Göbel, a graduate in economics, is Executive Director of the Schöpflin Stiftung. Previously, he was a member of the founding team of Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen for 12 years, during eight of which he served as vice president of the university.

“The Schöpflin Stiftung supports Kiron not just financially, but also ideologically and in the advisory board, because Kiron’s educational model not only provides access to education for thousands of refugees, but also fosters integration into society.”

Esra Kücük is head of the Kiron Advisory Board.

She is a member of the board of directors of Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theater and is responsible for the Gorki Forum in Berlin. Previously, she served as director of the Mercator Program Center for International Affairs (MPC) after having joined the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR).

In 2010, she founded the Young Islam Conference (JIK), a think-and-do tank. In 2014, Esra was a Visiting Practitioner at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She is head of the Kiron Advisory Board.

Ulrich Plett is a CPA who was with Arthur Andersen and EY for 35 years. He worked in their offices in Chicago, Hamburg, Barcelona and Berlin, where he served as managing partner. Since 2015, Ulrich has been working as an independent auditor and advisor for NGOs.

“The innovative education model and the enthusiastic team behind this project inspired me to join Kiron.”

Prof. Rolf Granow is management representative on digital and continuing education at the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences. Involved in online learning since 1997, he serves as the director of Lübeck University’s Institute for Digital Learning and as managing director of oncampus GmbH. His focus is on opening university education to new target groups through the internet as well as on managing online education across institutions. He has managed third-party budgets of 80 million euros for digital education. His recent activities are expanding the scope of the digital transformation of education.

“Kiron enables refugees access to first-class higher education in the digital age – a great idea created by great people. I am happy to support them.”