Dirk is a Partner in the Middle East Office of McKinsey & Company and the leader of the Firm’s Education Practice in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has supported Ministries of Education and other public institutions as well as private education providers in major system and institution-level transformations in multiple countries both in the field of K12 education as well as higher education and vocational education and training (VET). He is also working closely with companies and governments to prepare their workforce for the challenges and opportunities of digitization and works at the intersection of economic development and human capital development. Dirk holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Economics from the University of Muenster, Germany. He is also a former Fellow of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s Economic Think Tank.