The MSF Advisory Board supports the Director and the School Leadership Team in strategy, quality assurance and school development. The Advisory Board includes two experienced school directors with decades of local and international school leadership experience, a lawyer and tax consultant and two elected parent representatives.
Peter Murphy (Board Chair) joined Vienna International School as Director in 2010, after serving for eight years as Director of Bonn International School. Previous assignments have included a number of years working for the German Ministry for Development and has extensive teaching experience in the United Kingdom. Mr Murphy represents the region of Africa, Middle East and Europe on the International Baccalaureate Regional Council, served for four years as Board Chair for the Association of German International Schools and is currently Chair of the Association of Eastern European Schools.
Thomas Braun has 20 years of experience as a teacher and school leader. He is co-head of BBS Neuwied, the largest private vocational training school in Rheinland Pfalz. His major responsibilities on the Board are personnel, curriculum, organizational matters and legal school issues. Mr Braun coordinates the MSF Scholarship Programme review.
Cathie Mullen has lived in Germany since 1992 when she began teaching at the International School of Stuttgart also holding the position of Lower School Principal. Other assignments include teaching in an Ireland and at an international school in the Bahamas. She also ran her own Drama school and worked in theatre for a number of years. She has been the Director of International School Augsburg since it foundation in 2005 and has guided the school through successful accreditations and authorisations. She has been a member of the AGIS board since 2016.
Esra Özbey is the Deputy Parent Representative for Metropolitan School Frankfurt. Ms Özbey holds a teaching degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) and has worked for 16 years as an English teacher in private secondary schools. In addition to teaching, Ms Özbey served as Coordinator of English Preparatory Classes, Coach of the Debate Team, Head of the English Drama Club, and CAS Advisor. Before moving to Germany, she was Head of the Foreign Languages Department at a private K-12 school, where she was responsible for curriculum development, staff recruitment and assessment, and the organization of extra-curricular programmes. Ms Özbey joined MSF in 2017 and has a daughter in Grade 2.
Christine Schapdryver is the Head Parent Representative for Metropolitan School Frankfurt. Ms Schapdryver has 18 years of experience in global and regional strategic marketing and consumer insight. After 5 years of sociologic and anthropological research, she worked for multinational companies in Belgium, Germany and Australia helping them to grow their business around the globe. In Australia, Ms Schapdryver worked for Endeavour Foundation, one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit, organising services for people with intellectual disabilities. Ms. Schapdryver holds a Master in Communication Science, Business Management and Marketing. She has 2 children at MSF and relocated to Germany in 2017.
Daniel Schmitz is the father of three MSF students. He holds an IB Diploma from the International School of Düsseldorf and a BA in French Literature from Yale University. Mr Schmitz has over 25 years of experience in financial services as Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Partner of CVC Capital Partners and as an independent investor and entrepreneur. From 2010 to 2017, he was a seed investor and Director of Wichtel Akademie München GmbH, a group of Kindergartens and Childcare Centres.
Wolfgang Sietzy joined the MSF Board with more than 20 years of experience as a tax, accounting and legal expert (StB, Wp, RA). Mr Sietzy has his own tax, accounting and legal firm in Bad Soden, focusing on mid-sized ("Mittelstand") clients. Following his early years with Arthur Andersen, he started his own consulting business that serves private educational institutions.
Paulina Sobczyk joined MSF Advisory Board following an extensive international career working in finance. After receiving degrees in Public Administration from Jagiellonian University in Poland and Strategic Marketing from London University, she worked for “Breast Cancer Now”, the largest breast cancer not-for-profit in England. Since relocating to Germany in 2005, Ms Sobczyk has worked as an accountant and payroll specialist at an international tax and accounting firm. Her children joined MSF in 2011.
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