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.
Daniel Schmitz (Board Chair) is the father of three MSF students. His family has been part of the MSF community since 2010. He holds an IB Diploma from the International School of Düsseldorf and a BA in French Literature from Yale University. Mr. Schmitz has 30 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.
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.
Leigh Krueger is the mother of two MSF students and has recently been elected as Deputy Head Parent Representative for 2019/2020. She is new to the MSF family and has over 21 years’ experience in education and educational management. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Sciences, focusing on Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Nicosia, an Honors Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of South Africa. Mrs Krueger has worked in South Africa and New Zealand, across all education landscapes ranging from pre-primary to graduate students.
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 Head 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 3.
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.