About the authors
Kathrin Hamm worked as Managing Director of the Afghan German Management College where she was responsible to build up the operations across Afghanistan. Under her leadership the college was distinguished by the UNESCO and formed to a profitable social enterprise, serving more than 400 Afghan students with a strong focus on women empowerment and entrepreneurship. Currently, Kathrin is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Candidate at Columbia University’s, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Kathrin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany, receiving a Master’s degree in Business Economics. Kathrin is also a European Recovery Program Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. In addition to her academic pursuits, Kathrin has gained work experience at the World Bank Group (IFC), the Boston Consulting Group, and in US Congress’ House of Representatives. Kathrin also spent time with IBM as an International Business Consultant in South America, North America, and Europe.
Tim Lehmann is a consultant in social program replication and nonprofit management. He currently works mostly with Bertelsmann Foundation (Germany). Tim has gathered international research experience in the field of strategic social entrepreneurship and sustainable development in 25 countries in collaboration with the private and social sectors. As a research assistant at IESE Business School, Spain, he conducted research in the intersection of management science and NPO practice, leading a research team in India and moderating strategic discussions among NGO executives. As a result of this work, Tim published a conference paper on organizational forms of nonprofit expansion. An entrepreneur himself, Tim initiated and led an 8-month global study program in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with 40 social entrepreneurs such as Muhammad Yunus. Keen to inspire youth and share his learnings, he disseminated this research including life video conferencing with more than 20 schools all over Germany, a website (www.expedition-welt.de), and the publication of a co-authored book. Tim is an alumnus of oikos International – students for sustainable economics and management. Today he is still active as an alumnus, coordinating a sustainability bachelor award in German-speaking countries and designing entrepreneurship trainings for oikos students. Tim holds a Master of Science degree from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, where he excelled summa cum laude in international economics and entrepreneurship. His master thesis about the scaling up of Aravind Eye Hospitals was awarded the highest faculty award and was co-supervised by Johanna Mair, IESE Business School. Tim also has a banking background with Deutsche Bank.
About the case study
The Afghan higher education infrastructure is unable to sustain a growing number of high school graduates preparing to transition into higher education. Currently, an estimated 600,000 students will be vying for 100,000 available spaces in colleges and universities. The Afghan German Management College (AGMC) provides access to business and entrepreneurship education via an internet based learning platform. The curriculum content for the online platform is produced by lecturers located in Germany and delivered to students in numerous provinces and remote areas of Afghanistan. The low cost internet operations allow an inclusive pricing strategy for students from low-income households. The AGMC runs on a profitable basis, has reinvested all surpluses in the future growth of its student body and provided jobs for seven full time and part time employees in Afghanistan. The four-year study program grew from 12 students in 2006 to 350 students in 2011, 22% of whom are women. Such an education is crucial in motivating young Afghans to pursue the path of entrepreneurship and thereby stimulate the local economy.