Jörn Weingärtner, Ph.D.
Managing Director, European Union and Freiburg
Dr. Jörn Weingärtner, our new Managing Director of the IES Abroad European Union and Freiburg Centers, joins IES Abroad from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany’s oldest and most highly regarded private university. Prior to joining IES Abroad, Dr. Weingärtner was Managing Director of the Faculty of the School of Management and Economics and Chief Internationalization Officer at Witten/Herdecke University; in these roles, he served as joint head of the faculty team and as a member of the extended university leadership body. As Chief Internationalization Officer, he was also the senior internationalization strategist, with responsibility for the development of the university’s international partner network and the process of internationalizing the university’s student body.
Prior to his time at Witten/Herdecke University, Dr. Weingärtner served at the German National Academic Foundation, supervising and consulting German students going abroad. He received his Ph.D. in History and his Master of Arts in History from Hamburg University.
Dr. Weingärtener’s appointment coincides with the formal administrative merger of our Freiburg and European Union Centers. The merger will accomplish some streamlining and will also benefit our relationship with the University of Freiburg and Studentenwerk.
As Managing Director, Dr. Weingärtner will oversee the Freiburg and European Union Centers and manage the further development of our Freiburg programs. His duties as Managing Director officially begin on February 18th.