Sir John Daniel, Chair of the UWC (United World Colleges) International Board, has announced the appointment of Mr Jens Waltermann as Executive Director of UWC International. He will take over from Mr Keith Clark on 1 July 2015.
Mr Waltermann already has unique experience of the UWC movement. An alumnus of Lester B. Pearson UWC of the Pacific, he joined the German National Committee for UWC in 2006 and currently chairs its board. Throughout his service with the committee he has been closely involved with the creation of UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, which opened in 2014, and is vice-chair of its board.
Trained as a lawyer in Germany and with a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University, Mr Waltermann’s distinguished career over the last 18 years has included international commercial arbitration, senior roles in the German policy think tank the Bertelsmann Foundation, and managing as a senior partner the growth of Solon Management Consulting with offices throughout Europe, a highly diverse employee group and a blue chip client base.
Announcing the appointment Sir John said,
"The Board is delighted that following a worldwide search it has been able to appoint someone with unrivalled knowledge of UWC as a former pupil, as chair of one of its strongest national committees, and as the co-founder of a new college. The UWC movement is entering a new phase of growth and Mr Waltermann is ideally equipped to guide its future development".
Jens Waltermann commented:
"I have been very fortunate in my honorary UWC roles to be able to work with a wonderful team and great partners on the most rewarding UWC projects. I look forward now to applying myself full time to the development of UWC, its great opportunities and its significant challenges and to do so in a true spirit of partnership among all stakeholders of our unique UWC movement."
Paying tribute to Mr Keith Clark, who will step down from UWC in June after 17 years, including 11 as Executive Director, Sir John added:
"When Keith Clark took office UWC was a rather disparate association of 10 institutions and 120 national committees with limited overall coordination or policy frameworks. Thanks to his highly consultative style of guidance, the UWC movement is now a cohesive system with intensive collaboration between its diverse elements spread around the globe."