Prior to joining the team, Matthias has worked as Education Specialist for UNICEF on the Comoros, where he led and coordinated the planning of the Global Partnership for Education country programme and advised the Ministry of Education. As Senior Policy Officer at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, he has spearheaded a major initiative on education and gender (eSkills4Girls) under the German G20 Presidency. He held various positions at UNESCO in the Education Sector and at the Bureau of Strategic Planning. Matthias helped shaping SDG4. He supported the organization of the World Education Forum 2015 and was part of the small team, which drafted the SDG4-Education 2030 Framework for Action. He has coordinated UNESCO’s overall positioning and input to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Rio+20 Conference and supported the setting-up of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. He has also worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. Matthias is author of several academic and institutional publications in the area of gender and/or education.
Matthias holds a BA from the University of Oxford, a MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris and a PhD on Gender from the University of St Andrews. He has also completed the specialized stream on Educational Planning and Analysis from the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning.