In 2014, the university (under its former name, BAU International Berlin) established a University Advisory Board (Hochschulrat). The Advisory Board consists of at least 4 and up to 11 members and meets twice annually. The term of Office is 4 years, members can be re-appointed once.
The main objective of the Advisory Board is to advise the presidency in strategy formation and in matters of establishing new study programs, research, as well as the recruitment of professors and students. The Advisory Board discusses new fields of activities in teaching, research as well as the expansion of regional and international networking concerning contacts to business and culture. Further details can be found in the “Geschäftsordnung”.
The following 8 people form the University Advisory Board in its second term (2018-2022):
- Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, PhD
- Dr. Thorsten Freiberger
- Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss
- Dipl.-Volksw. Wolfgang G. Gibowski
- Prof. Wolfgang Hünnekens
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Max Kaase
- Dipl.-Ing. Özcan Mutlu
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Sadlak
Of these, Prof. Dr. h.c. Allmendinger, PhD, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult Max Kaase, Dipl-Ing. Özcan Mutlu and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Sadlak were reappointed.
Prof. Dr. E. Jürgen Zöllner (2014-2018)
E. Jürgen Zöllner is the Executive Director of Stiftung Charité. He has served as the Senator for Education, Youth and Science in Berlin (2006-2011) and as Minister for Education, Science, Further Education and Culture in Rhineland-Palatinate (1991-2006). He also served as Vice-President of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Kultusministerkonferenz, KMK). Previous to his political career, he was President of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He studied medicine at the University of Freiburg and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and was a full professor at the latter institution for many years. He received many distinctions (several honorary doctoral degrees, Bundesverdienstkreuz).
Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D. (2014-2022)
Jutta Allmendinger serves as President of the WZB Social Science Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) since 2007. She holds a chair in Educational Sociology and Labor Market Research at Humboldt-Universität and also serves as a Honorary Professor of Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin. Allmendinger studied at the Universität Mannheim, the University of Madison, Wisconsin and earned her Ph.D. in Social Studies at Harvard University. Prior to her current positions, she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Harvard Business School, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and served as director of the Institute of Employment Research (IAB) at the Federal Employment Agency in Nürnberg. Between 1999 and 2002 she was chairperson of the German Sociological Association. Jutta Allmendinger has served in numerous advisory and supervisory boards and is a member of several academies of sciences. She has received a number of national and international awards, the most current among them the Thomas Mann Fellowship 2018 of Villa Aurora and Thomas Mann House e.V.
Dr. h.c. Kristin Freireiss (2018-2022)
Kristin Feireiss is an internationally renowned architectural and design curator, writer, and editor. She embarked on a course in Art History and Philosophy at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. She is co-founder and director of the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin. From 1996 to 2001 Feireiss was also director of the the Netherlands Architecture Institute and served in various capacities for a number of important organizations including the Venice Biennale of Architecture (Commissioner, Dutch Pavilion, Jurymember of the Golden Lion) and many other international Juries like the Pritzker Architecture Prize ( 2014 - 2017), and the European Cultural Parliament (since 2007). Her awards and honors include the Literature Prize of the DAI, the Federal Cross of Merit, she is a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, she holds an honorary doctorate from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, and she is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Dr. Thorsten Freiberger (2018-2022)
Thorsten Freiberger is currently working as divisional manager at Berliner Sparkasse. He is responsible for organizational and productivity management at Berliner Sparkasse. Prior to that, he headed the business unit corporate clients, followed by the business management unit of the capital market business at Landesbank Berlin. After finishing his studies in Business Administration at the University Siegen, he received his doctorate degree from Freie Universität Berlin. He graduated 2015 from the Stanford Executive Program (SEP)at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Dipl.-Vw. Wolfgang G. Gibowski (2018-2022)
Wolfgang G. Gibowski studied Economics and Political Science at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim (1962 to 1967). In the following years he worked as a research assistant with Rudolf Wildenmann and as an assistant professor at the University of Mannheim in the field of election research and aggregate data analysis. In 1974, jointly with Manfred Berger and Dieter Roth, Gibowski founded the Research Group on Elections e.V. in Mannheim, which has since then carried out election analyses for the Second German Television Network. He developed the well-known Politbarometer surveys which are still conducted today. At the same time, Gibowski , Manfred Berger and Dieter Roth also founded the commercial Institute for Practice-Oriented Social Research (IPOS). This institute carried out empirical studies of attitudes and beliefs of voters for such clients as party foundations, state governments and the federal government. Gibowski became the advisor of leading politicians including, from 1989 onwards, Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Gibowski carried out these activities until 1991. At that time he was appointed by Helmut Kohl as Chief of the Federal Press Office.
He held this position until the end of Helmut Kohl’s government in 1998. From 1999 to 2003, he worked for the foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future". The goal of this foundation was to compensate the forced laborers of the German war economy. In his function as the foundation’s press secretary, he participated in the government negotiations and organized the compensation payments of individual companies up to the contractually agreed amount of 5 billion DM.
From 2003 to 2010, as Permanent Secretary of State, he served as the representative of Lower Saxony to the Federal Government and headed Lower Saxony’s representation in Berlin.
From 2005 to 2010, he also represented Lower Saxony as a member of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
From 2002 to 2017, he taught Political Science as a lecturer at the University of Potsdam.
Prof. Wolfgang Hünnekens (2018-2022)
Wolfgang Hünnekens is the initiator and founder of the Institute of Electronic Business (IEB) at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), and until 2012, one of its two directors. The IEB currently organizes and finances the course Electronic Business and is thus a forerunner in the field of Public Private Partnership in a remarkable way as it is run entirely without state funding. It is also a business platform and thus connects the fields of research, events and training. Wolfgang Hünnekens was a member of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Plenum Berlin and Chairman of the IHK Board “Creative Industries”. He serves as honorary professor for digital communication at the Berlin University of the Arts and teaches in the part-time study program „Leadership in digital communication“, offered in cooperation with the University of St. Gallen. Wolfgang Hünnekens studied law in Berlin and Bonn, and founded his first advertising agency during his years of study. He is a serial Entrepreneur in Berlin, also the founder ofjovoto.com, an open innovation platform, Lumizil, a furniture one shop and lamps and von Neuem, a Consulting company for Digital Transformation.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Max Kaase (2014-2022)
Max Kaase was Founding Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Vice President of the International University Bremen (2002-2006). He served as the Vice President of the European Science Foundation and the President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2003-2006). His research interests include political dimension of demographic changes into the direction of an ever-aging population. He is a member of numerous committees and advisory boards (such as the Kuratorium of the German Science Foundation, Universität Mannheim) and was awarded several honorary doctoral titles as well as the Federal Cross of Merit.
Dipl.-Ing. Özcan Mutlu (2014-2022)
Özcan Mutlu is a Turkish-German Green Party politician in charge for educational policies of his party. Between 2013 and 2017, he was Member of the German Bundestag. Prior to that, he served as the Member of the House of Representatives of Berlin from 1999 to 2013. From 1992 to 1999 he was an elected member of the district council of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. He is a founding member of the bilingual German-Turkish Europe-School. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Bahcesehir University Istanbul. He is Marshall-Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and young leader of the Atlantik Brücke e.V., the BMW-Quandt-Foundation, the Bertelsmann-Foundation and Mentor at the Deutschland Stiftung Integration. Recently he is Mercator Senior Fellow of the Istanbul-Policy-Center (IPC) at the Sabanci University Istanbul.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Sadlak (2014-2022)
Jan Sadlak is an internationally recognized and highly cited scholar in higher education and science, with particular interest in issues of policy development and practices related to system level and institutional reforms, evaluation and quality assurance, role of higher education in social and economic development.
In the past 30 years he has been involved in senior-level policy development and advice to international governmental organizations, in particular UNESCO and The World Bank. In this regard he has been directly dealing with governments and higher education institutions in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, and Arab Region. In the course of recent years he has the following positions:
- President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence [2009 - April 2018];
- Professor and Vice-rector, University of Social Sciences and Humanities/Uniwersytet SWPS, Warsaw, Poland [2009 – January 2011];
- Director, UNESCO-European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES), Bucharest, Romania [1999 – July 2009];
- Chief of Section for Higher Education Policy at UNESCO, Paris, France [1992 – September 1999].
Currently, he is a visiting professor and member of the advisory boards of several leading universities in Europe, Asia and Arab Region, one of them being the Berlin International University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Sadlak was awarded several high-level national and academic distinctions, among them eight honorary professorship and doctorates. He is an Honorary Senator of the University of Maribor, Slovenia, and Honorary Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan. He is a Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities – Academia Europensis, France, and the Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, USA.
He holds PhD in Educational Administration from the SUNY/ University of Buffalo, USA, and MA in Economics from the University of Economics in Wrocław, Poland. He was also a postgraduate student at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakasoglu (2014-2018)
Yasemin Karakasoglu is Professor of Intercultural Education at the Department of Pedagogy, University of Bremen. Earlier, Prof. Karakasoglu served as Head of the Department of Socio-Cultural Affairs at the Center for Turkish Studies in Essen. Her current interests include: intercultural concepts for educational institutions, diversity in higher education, living conditions and the educational situation of migrants in Germany. She is a member of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration and advisory committees (Freudenberg Foundation, Otto-Benecke-Foundation, the Bremen Integration Council). She was elected as a member of the board to the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for the period of 2016-2019.