The Team

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jens Kleinert
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jens Kleinert

Vice-President of Study and Teaching

Born in 1964, Jens Kleinert, a sport and exercise scientist and qualified medical doctor, holds the post of Vice-President for Study and Teaching. Following his postdoctoral studies in 2004, on the topic of “Sport and exercise science with special consideration of sport psychology and healthcare research”, Jens Kleinert first took on a professorship at the University of Würzburg. He returned to the German Sport University as Professor for Sport and Healthcare Psychology in 2006, where he is currently head of the Department of Healthcare & Social Psychology at the University’s Psychological Institute. Besides his research activities, he is co-founder of the “MentalGestärkt” (mentally strengthened) initiative, as well as head of “MentalTalent”, incorporated into the sporting and psychological support provided for talented young athletes in NRW.   

 


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mario Thevis

Vice-President of Research

The head of the Centre for Preventative Doping Research at the German Sport University Cologne holds the office of Vice-President of Research and Young Academics. Mario Thevis, born in 1973, studied to be a P.E. and Chemistry teacher. After gaining his Ph.D. in 2001 and completing his postdoctoral studies in 2004, he since became a university professor for preventive doping research. His key areas of research are in the development of new proof procedures for doping analysis. Professor Thevis is a forensic chemist, and is part of the team of experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for the “prohibited list”, among other things, and is one of the world’s leading doping experts.   

 


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Breuer

Vice-President of University Development Planning, Resources and Quality Management

Christoph Breuer has been a university professor at the German Sport University Cologne since 2004 and is head of the Institute of Sport Economics and Sport Management. He is a member of the Finance and Administration Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and a founding member of the European Sport Economics Association. From 2006 to 2011 he was also research professor at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin). He studied sport and exercise science, economics and educational science at the Technical University in Darmstadt. He completed his Ph.D. in 1999 and his postdoctoral thesis at the German Sport University in 2004.   

 


Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Schneider

Vice-President of External Relations and Knowledge Management

The 41 year old Vice-president of External Relations and Knowledge Management - who holds a doctorate in sport and exercise science as well as theology – completed his postdoctoral thesis at the German Sport University in 2011. He is head of the Centre for Human Integrative Physiology in Space (CHIPS). Stefan Schneider was awarded the German Olympic Sports Association’s academic prize in 2013, for his postdoctoral thesis on the effects of physical activity on neurocognitive and neuro-affective processes. Since 2012, he has been an associate professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.  

 


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heiko Strüder

President of the German Sport University Cologne

Born in 1965, Heiko Strüder studied Sport and English in Cologne, as well as Exercise Physiology in the USA. He completed his Ph.D. in exercise science. His postdoctoral thesis was in exercise science, with special focus on performance physiology and endocrinology, at the German Sport University in 2001. He received a professorship in Sports Medicine/Sports Biology at the Technical University Chemnitz in 2001. Since 2002 he has been head of todays Institute of Movement and Neurosciences at the German Sport University Cologne. He served as Vice-president of Research and the deputy permanent representative for the President at GSU from 2006 to 2014.  

 


Angelika Claßen

Provost of the German Sport University Cologne

Angelika Claßen, born 1962, took up her post as Provost of the German Sport University Cologne in 2014. After studying at the University of Constance, the lawyer worked for the regional administration of Düsseldorf from 1989 and moved to the current Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research for the state of NRW in 1994. As former head of the “Universities in the Rhineland” department, she is extremely familiar with the topic of university management and has already worked closely with the German Sport University Cologne on many occasions. She is characteristic of a modern university administrator: “service-orientated, competent, communicative and self-confident”.