Senior Management Team

The GESS Senior Management work together with all employees to translate the school's mission into action and ensure that our strategic educational as well as organisational goals are achieved.

Emma Horsey

Director of Preschool

Education:
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Educations (BECS), University of Melbourne

Start year at GESS:
2015

Sarah Thomas

Director of Primary and Middle School, European Section

Education:
Bachelor's degree and post-graduate diploma in philosophy and elementary education, McGill University

Start year at GESS:

2005

Claudia Dicken

Director of High School, European Section

Education:

  • Second state examination, University of Tubinga/Germany
  • Studies of English and Spanish literature, linguistics, didactics, methodology and education

Start year at GESS:
2018

René Behrendt

Director of Primary School, German Section

Education:

  • Second state examination, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Germany
  • Study of the magisterium in primary school

Start year at GESS:
2015

Education:
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Educations (BECS), University of Melbourne

Start year at GESS:
2015

Education:
Bachelor's degree and post-graduate diploma in philosophy and elementary education, McGill University

Start year at GESS:

2005

Education:

  • Second state examination, University of Tubinga/Germany
  • Studies of English and Spanish literature, linguistics, didactics, methodology and education

Start year at GESS:
2018

Education:

  • Second state examination, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Germany
  • Study of the magisterium in primary school

Start year at GESS:
2015

Martin Schmitt

Director of Middle School, German Section

Education:

  • Master of Arts (M. A.) for Modern History, Philosophy and Political Sciences, Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster/Germany
  • State Examination for History, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences

Start year at GESS:
2017

Christiane Kuebler

Director of High School, German Section

Education:

  • State Examination, Technical University Darmstadt/Germany
  • Biology, chemistry

Start year at GESS:
2014

Helena Santos

Director of Human Resources

Education:

  • Post-Graduation: Executive MBA in leadership and management, University Autónoma of Lisbon/Portugal
  • Organizational Leadership

Start year at GESS:
2019

Julian Keith

Director of Marketing and Admissions

Education:

  • First Class Honours degree in business management and French, University of Brighton
  • Professional Diploma in marketing with digital strategy

Start year at GESS:
2017

Education:

  • Master of Arts (M. A.) for Modern History, Philosophy and Political Sciences, Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster/Germany
  • State Examination for History, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences

Start year at GESS:
2017

Education:

  • State Examination, Technical University Darmstadt/Germany
  • Biology, chemistry

Start year at GESS:
2014

Education:

  • Post-Graduation: Executive MBA in leadership and management, University Autónoma of Lisbon/Portugal
  • Organizational Leadership

Start year at GESS:
2019

Education:

  • First Class Honours degree in business management and French, University of Brighton
  • Professional Diploma in marketing with digital strategy

Start year at GESS:
2017

Valerie Zhao

Director of Finance

Education:
Master in Finance, Singapore University of Social Science

Start year at GESS:

2019

Mike Kewelar

Director of Technology

Education:
Professional degree as Administrative Officer in public service, Study Institute for Municipal Administration in Oldenburg/Germany

Start year at GESS:
2020

Education:
Master in Finance, Singapore University of Social Science

Start year at GESS:

2019

Education:
Professional degree as Administrative Officer in public service, Study Institute for Municipal Administration in Oldenburg/Germany

Start year at GESS:
2020