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.
Cornelia Donner has over 30 years experience in international education at the secondary level. In the United States she headed the middle school of the Bryn Mawr School in Maryland. In 2005, she became the founding head of the Berlin Metropolitan School which grew to one of the leading international schools in Berlin. From 2011 to 2016, Mrs Donner headed the Berlin Bilingual School. Mrs Donner was a member of the MSF Board from 2007 to 2016 when she joined MSF as the Secondary Principal. After Mrs Donner's retirement in 2020, she rejoined the MSF Board as international education expert.
Tom Egerton has 30 years’ experience as a teacher and school leader. He is currently the Director of Franconian International School and prior to this was the Director of an International School in Myanmar. Tom has taught and been a principal in schools in Australia, England, Singapore and the Philippines.
Vera Pütz is Head Parent Representative at Metropolitan School Frankfurt. After graduating in International Business and Marketing studies in Germany and South Africa, Mrs. Pütz worked both in finance and Marketing in Chicago and Germany. Her first son joined Metropolitan School in 2008 with his three brothers following in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Mrs. Pütz is a German citizen.
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.
Emma Smith is Deputy Parent Representative at Metropolitan School Frankfurt. Mrs Smith grew up bilingual (English/Spanish) in Scotland and graduated in International Business and Language studies. She worked in the Whisky Industry before moving to Germany in 2003, where she worked in international liaison and marketing. Her daughter started at MSF in 2008 and her son joined in 2010. Mrs. Smith is a British citizen.
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.