As Chief Financial Officer, Nikolaus Pelka is responsible for managing the financial health of the Minerva Institute and its operations. He comes to Minerva with comprehensive financial and operations management expertise with extensive experience in the global educational, nonprofit, and research sectors.
Before joining Minerva in 2019, Pelka served as the Executive Director of the Strategic Management Society, the preeminent global scholarly association in the academic field of strategic management. Earlier, he served as Associate Dean for Administration at the GISMA Business School, a multi-stakeholder cooperation co-running Purdue University’s full-time and Executive MBA program in Hannover, Germany.
In 2000, he accepted a position as Vice President of Finance and Administration at YFU International Exchange in Washington, DC after serving as the Executive Director in Germany. Pelka earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Cologne in 1992.