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kENUP foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, under the oversight of the relevant authorities in the Republic of Malta. We publish our activities in the European Transparency Register under ID 934996421910-13. 

kENUP resides in the kENUP building at Villa Bighi in Kalkara, overlooking the Grand Harbor and the historic City of Valetta. 

kENUP’s Management Team is formed by its three Directors, and a Special Advisor:
Holm Keller
Executive Chairman

Holm Keller is the Chairman of kENUP Foundation. Previously, he acted as Executive Vice President for University Development and Innovation at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Under his leadership, Leuphana became one of Germany’s top Universities, a well-respected innovation hub to its Region and built an acclaimed new building with Architect Daniel Libeskind. 

Prior to Leuphana, Holm Keller held top management positions at Bertelsmann in Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney, New York and London. Before, he was Associate Principal with the McKinsey & Company Inc., where he was instrumental for building the Firm’s global Accelerator Practice. Educated in Vienna and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he started his career as a musical composer and an artistic producer.
Thorsten Kurtz
Director

Thorsten Kurtz serves as Director to kENUP with a focus on Business Development and Finance. 
He successfully co-designed and –managed Europe´s largest EU funded university driven project of its kind for regional economic development, the 100mn EUR „Innovation Incubator“ at Germany´s Leuphana University. With >500 additional scientists recruited and a total of 45 innovative projects with about 600 partners implemented, a nascent regional innovation system has emerged, acknowledged by an OECD case study. 

Before, Thorsten Kurtz served as an inhouse consultant at InWEnt, merged into Germany´s National Development Agency GIZ. Thorsten studied Spatial Development with Business Administration and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Trier.

Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando
Director

Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando is a Board Member of kENUP Foundation. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in the Maltese House of Representatives for four successive elections and was previously a Local Councillor. 

Mr. Orlando has held the posts of Shadow Minister for Telecommunications, Head of Delegation of the Maltese Parliamentary Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Vice-President of the Assembly and is currently Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST). 

He has been heading the Science Council for the past seven years and was the driving force behind its biggest project, the 22,000 square meter National Interactive Science Centre – Esplora. He was educated in Malta and Zurich and is a Dental Surgeon by profession. 

Dr. Jürgen Laartz
Special Advisor

Jürgen Laartz is Special Advisor to kENUP Foundation on the Digital Economy. He is a retired Senior Partner (Director) with McKinsey & Company, Inc. At the firm, Mr. Laartz lead McKinsey's digital practices in Scandinavia and Germany, and shaped the firm's global knowledge agenda in the field. He initiated research collaborations with Oxford University, MIT, ETH Zurich and HSG Sankt Gallen. Dr. Laartz supported clients in diverse industries on their digital and technology induced business transformation. 

Before joining McKinsey, Jürgen Laartz studied Chemistry and Philosophy at Tübingen University, followed by Physics and Philosophy at Tübingen and Kiel University, he concluded his academic career at Harvard and Freiburg University, where he gained a PhD degree in Physics.

kENUP's Board of Directors, depicted here with Administrative Support Officer, Mrs. Alison Arnaud. 
kENUPFoundation resides in the historic Chaplain's House, located inside the picturesque compounds of Villa Bighi, magnificently overlooking the Grand Harbour.  For more information about our headquarters in the Republic of Malta, please click here
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