Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Ulf is founder of, serial entrepreneur, and full Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University. In 2011 the Ministry of Higher Education called him to spearhead the launch of Germany’s first Cooperative University as Vice-President, a large scale initiative, with today 35 thousand students. In 2017, he launched NextEducation, an international boutique-research group focussing on Future Skills, Microcredentials & digital transformation in higher education. Just recently he was appointed as Scientific Director at the Future Learning Laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Ulf has worked with numerous universities on all 5 continents and held leading senior research positions and appointments as guest-, full- and associate professor in various countries in Europe and the US. Ulf holds several European executive mandates. A focal point of his work is to support the integration of the European Higher Education Area where he currently co-chairs the EU inter-ministerial group for future of teaching and learning. He also serves as elected Vice President of the European Association of Institutes of Higher Education (EURASHE), one of four cornerstone institutions of the Bologna Process. He is an elected director of the Executive Council of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) where he has been awarded EDEN senior fellowship honours. For the European Ranking Initiative U-Multirank he has been appointed as member of the Advisory Board by the European Commission. Ulf has delivered keynotes and been speaking to audiences in more than 45 countries. He is author/ editor of more than 13 books and 200 scholarly articles with over 4.500 academic citations. Ulf is a trained systemic coach, facilitator and expert for mindful and non-violent communication, and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Education Sciences from the University of Bielefeld.