Dr. Nina Smidt is President of American Friends of Bucerius. She has been leading the New York office since 2009 and has overseen the steady growth of the Bucerius network and business operations in the United States. As Director of International Strategy Planning and Business Development for the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, she is also responsible for initiating programs and partnerships around the world as part of the global Bucerius activities.
Prior to joining AFB, Dr. Smidt was CEO of Bucerius Education, the for-profit branch of Bucerius Law School, delivering international executive education, event management, and complex consulting services to the European and U.S. marketplace. Before that, she served as Vice Director at the International Center for Graduate Studies in Hamburg, Germany.
Her academic work in Philosophy, Education, and Literary Studies took her to Hamburg University (Germany), Cornell University (USA), Haifa University (Israel), and the University of Technology in Sydney (Australia). She frequently speaks and publishes on transatlantic issues, migration policy, and international philanthropy. A German native, she was educated in Indonesia, Germany, Australia, and the United States, and holds a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Theory.
Dr. Smidt is a Board member of the American Friends of Atlantik-Brücke and a DO School Advisor. She was selected as a Responsible Leader of the BMW-Stiftung Herbert Quandt. She is also a member of the Generation CEO, an exclusive network for women in top management. She was a Young Leader in 2009.
She is married to photographer Jürgen Frank, and they have a daughter.