We are based in the Republic of Malta, while holding additional offices in Germany, and in the Slovak Republic.
Holm Keller, MA MPA (Harvard)
Holm Keller is the President of Digital Education Holdings. Previously, he acted as Executive Vice President for University Development and Innovation at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Under his leadership, Leuphana became one of Germany’s top Universities, a well-respected innovation hub to its Region and built an acclaimed new building with Architect Daniel Libeskind.
Prior to Leuphana, Holm Keller held top management positions at Bertelsmann in Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney, New York and London. Before, he was Associate Principal with the McKinsey & Company Inc., where he was instrumental for building the Firm’s global Accelerator Practice. Educated in Vienna and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he started his career as a musical composer and an artistic producer.
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Hoeft is Founder and Dean of the European Medical College. After graduation from Medical School in Germany, Hoeft spent six years on fundamental research in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Goettingen. Thereafter, he received his PhD degree in Physiology (habilitation), and a second habilitation in Anesthesiology. Since 1995, he is the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care of the University of Bonn. From 1996 to 2016, he acted as Vice Medical Director (board member) of the University Hospital of Bonn.
He was a member of several committees of DFG (German Research Society), chairman of ESA Subcommittee General Anesthesia, past secretary of ESA, past Chairman of ESA Research Committee, Chair Elect of ESA Scientific Committee.
Alexander Jahn founded CANDENA, today the market-leading enterprise solution provider for collaborative online learning systems in Europe. As CANDENA's Managing Director Alexander Jahn built the multi-awarded digital education delivery system which is now servicing clients and partners such as OECD, WHO, Deutsche Telekom AG, Goethe Institut amongst others.
Previously, Alexander Jahn was Vice President Digital Media at Bertelsmann Inc., San Francisco, where he built and led Bertelsmann's Corporate Strategy unit in Silicon Valley. A founder by heart, Alexander started his career building ventures in media printing and distribution. Educated at CAU Kiel and Warwick Business School, UK, Alexander Jahn is currently teaching Managing Innovations at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and supports startups in Europe and Asia as active early stage advisor.
Jürgen Laartz is Chairman of Digital Education Holdings' Supervisory Board. He is a retired Senior Partner (Director) with McKinsey & Company, Inc. At the firm, Mr. Laartz lead McKinsey's digital practices in Scandinavia and Germany, and shaped the firm's global knowledge agenda in the field. He initiated research collaborations with Oxford University, MIT, ETH Zurich and HSG Sankt Gallen. Dr. Laartz supported clients in diverse industries on their digital and technology induced business transformation.
Before joining McKinsey, Jürgen Laartz studied Chemistry and Philosophy at Tübingen University, followed by Physics and Philosophy at Tübingen and Kiel University, he concluded his academic career at Harvard and Freiburg University, where he gained a PhD degree in Physics.
Alexandra Cosma acts as DEH’s Head of Campus Operations, after holding multidisciplinary roles within Candena, Europe’s leading provider in collaborative online learning solutions.
Previously, Alexandra worked as editor and journalist covering venture deals in the CEE region with a focus on biotech, and served as the first female Chairperson of the Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs. She was also active in the 3D-printing and luxury fashion industry, where she co-founded and exited a curated jewelry company. Alexandra studied Internal Business Administration and Corporate Law, followed by Business Consultancy with a specialization in Corporate Finance in Vienna, Austria.
Nils Thiessen is the Chief Medical Officer of the European Medical College, and is responsible for the planning and development of the medical curriculum.
He is a specialist in Anaesthesia and looks back on 13 years of clinical experience in Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. Nils was involved in the development of a German model study course for medicine, helped to set up a medical simulation centre and was instrumental in the development of a Skillslab – a medical simulation training centre - of the University Hospital in Bonn/Germany. In addition, he holds a Master of Medical Education from Heidelberg and has gained 21 years of experience in higher education policy.
Andreas Weinert is DEH's COO & Chief Digital Learning Officer. He manages the programmes of the European Digital University, and is responsible for the continuous improvements of our student-facing processes.
Previously, Andreas Weinert worked for SAP as Vice President & Head of Portfolio Strategy. During his time at SAP, he worked as Director of the Corporate Strategy Group in the Office of the CEO. Before joining SAP, Andreas Weinert studied Mathematics at the University of St. Andrews and University of California, Berkeley, followed by executive education at Harvard University.