MANAGEMENT & BOARD
The Berlin Brandenburg International School GmbH is a state certified day and boarding school and is a registered non-profit organization. The five member Supervisory Board is elected according to by-laws.
Business, community and education leaders join our parents and two managing directors to ensure BBIS maintains its commitment to our values – pioneering, caring, reflective and excellence.
The board of directors created positions for two directors. Peter Kotrc, School Director and CEO, is responsible for leading and ensuring high quality of the educational programmes. Burkhard Dolata is the Business Director and CFO responsible for administrative and financial management.
Peter Kotrc joined BBIS in August 2012 as its Director, following leadership positions in Vienna and recently in The Hague. His links with international education and the International Baccalaureate go back to 1980 when he started working in international schools. He holds an MA in Humanities from Vienna University and an MA in International Education from Oxford Brookes. Peter Kotrc is married with one son.
Burkhard Dolata started work as CFO in January 2004. He holds a degree in General Business Administration and a German Business Diploma (Diplomkaufmann). Previously, he worked as Executive Software Specialist and Finance Director for international computer and technology companies. Until 2003, he was an Executive Board Member of a Residential Building Corporation in Berlin. Burkhard Dolata was born and raised in Germany, is married and has four children
Secondary School Principal - DP/CP Programme
Andrew Hand holds education degrees from Flinders University South Australia and joined BBIS in 2015 after a successful career with top positions at the Pembroke School Australia, the International School of Penang, the International School Gevena and recently at UNIS, New York. He is a also an active musician and leads our staff vocal ensemble.
Secondary School Principal - MYP Programme
Michaela Jung started her IB teaching career at the Anglo European School in Ingatestone more than 20 years ago. In addition to teaching, her work as an educator included designing and delivering in-house courses for companies in Europe and Asia and developing language videos for Channel4-Learning and the BBC. She also worked as a managing editor for the publisher Scholastics in London before joining BBIS. In her current role as Principal at BBIS, her focus is on the use of technology as a tool for learning, and the integration of Positive Education into the curriculum and school culture.
Primary School Principal
Jonathan Butcher holds an MA in International Education, the IB Teacher Award, and IB Advanced Certificate from Bath University. He has the Certificate of Advanced International School Leadership from the Principals Training Centre. Jonathan has taught internationally in schools in Australia, Switzerland, Thailand and South Korea, as well as England, and most recently in Malta as principal. He is a CIS school visitor, and IB workshop leader. His wife is an early childhood teacher and they have two children, who both attend BBIS.
Head of Student Support Services
Jonathan Matthews-Hirsch (BA Hons, PGCE, MSc) joined BBIS in 2009 and has a career in education spanning over 20 years with the last ten dedicated to the area of student support and special educational needs. In that time, Jonathan has taught in a variety of different educational establishments ranging from mainstream schooling to special education and from Kindergarten to university level. Jonathan has been employed both overseas and in the UK including such diverse locations as London, Prague, Manila, Brighton and Berlin. In addition to heading the Student Support Services, he serves as Learning Support Coordinator.
Head of Boarding
Whitney Sterling joined BBIS in October 2007. He completed his BA at Yale University and a Masters of Education at Hamburg University. A qualified English and German teacher in both the United States and Germany, he gained high school principal certification at the Boston College Lynch School of Education. He came to BBIS after an 8 year headmastership at a German boarding school. Whitney Sterling is married and has three children.
Dr. Frank H. Walter-von Gierke
Attorney-at-Law from Germany (Potsdam), shareholder of BBIS, three children at the school 1990-2016, board member since 2001
Lifelong Honorary Chair
Christian C. R. Dahms
Businessman from Düsseldorf, shareholder of BBIS, board chair 1999-2012
Banker from Germany (Kleinmachnow), three children at the school, board member since 2013.
Dr. Ulrich Vest
Chief Financial Officer from Germany (Berlin), one child at the school, board member since 2012.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Koerfer
Historian from Switzerland, teaching at the FU Berlin, two children at the school 1996-2009, board member since 2015.
Former school director from Switzerland with broad experience in the international school sector, board member since 2018.