"KLU is a highly dynamic and exciting place to be: by combining world-class research with top-notch teaching, we equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to become effective leaders and change-makers, leaving their mark and positive impact in today's and tomorrow's world." 

(Prof. Andreas Kaplan - KLU President)

Biography of Andreas Kaplan, KLU President

Internationally recognized higher education expert Andreas Kaplan has extensive leadership experience in the academic world: Before becoming KLU's President, Kaplan served as Dean and Rector at ESCP Business School, Sorbonne Alliance. He has published several high-profile books and articles on education's future, such as Business Schools post-Covid-19: A Blueprint for Survival and Higher Education at the Crossroads of Disruption: The University of the 21st Century.

Professor Kaplan's research addresses society's digital transformation, particularly the effects of artificial intelligence, social media, and virtual reality. A high-profile PLoS study counts Kaplan within the group of most cited and impactful scientists worldwide. According to John Wiley & Sons, Kaplan is among the top 50 management and business authors globally. Kaplan's work has been published by Cambridge, Harvard, and Oxford University Press.

Kaplan did his Habilitation at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris and his Ph.D. at the University of Cologne in a joint program with HEC Paris. He holds an MPA from the École Nationale d'Administration (ENA / INSP), an MBA certificate from ThePower Business School, and an MSc. from ESCP. Kaplan studied business administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, did part of his doctoral studies at INSEAD, and graduated from the ITP at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplan
    President & Managing Director
  • Dr. Immo Schmidt-Jortzig
    Executive Director of Administration & Managing Director
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Barrot
    Dean of Programs / Professor of Marketing and Innovation
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou,
    Dean of Research / Professor of Humanitarian Logistics
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplan
    President & Managing Director
  • Dr. Immo Schmidt-Jortzig
    Executive Director of Administration & Managing Director
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Barrot
    Professor of Marketing and Innovation & Dean of Programs
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou
    Professor of Humanitarian Logistics & Dean of Research
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Becker
    Professor of Marketing and Service Management
  • Prof. Dr. Asvin Goel
    Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Himme
    Associate Professor of Management Accounting
  • Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg
    Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Strategy
  • Prof. Dr. Christina Raasch
    Associate Professor for Digital Economy
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke
    Head of Department of Leadership & Management / Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Sönke Albers
    Professor of Marketing and Innovation, Honorary Senator
  • Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD
    Professor of Logistics, Honorary Senator
  • Lina Gerdes
    Admissions Manager
  • Nicole Martinetti
    Executive Assistant
  • Dr. Michaela Tacca
    Equality and Diversity Officer
  • Ramón van Almsick
    PhD Candidate
  • Tim Zuther
    KLU Student
  • Moritz Becker
    KLU Student
  • Dr. Jörg Dräger
    Kühne Stiftung, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
  • Karl Gernandt
    Kühne Holding AG, Executive Chairman, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Michael Kühne
    Kühne + Nagel International AG, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors 
  • Dr. Thomas Staehelin
    Kühne-Stiftung, Vice-Chairman of the Board

Kühne Foundation

KLU is supported by the Kühne-Stiftung, which is also the sole shareholder of the holding company of KLU, Kühne Logistics University gGmbH. The President and the Managing Directors oversee operational management of KLU and serve as managing directors of the contracting body. The President supervises the academic staff of KLU, and together with the deans, is responsible for the research and teaching concept. The Head of Administration oversees operating and administrative matters of the university. The commercial operations of the holding company are supervised by a Supervisory Board, which is appointed by the Kühne-Stiftung (Foundation). The Supervisory Board appoints the managing directors.