Dr Hanns Sylvester studied geology in Hamburg and in Münster. He worked as a university professor in Chile until 1994. Until 2009 he was in charge of different positions in development cooperation, first at the GTZ, later and most of the time at the DAAD in Bonn. From 2009 to 2013 he acted as the Director of the DAAD Branch Office in Mexico-City. Since 2014 he holds the actual position as director of the German National Erasmus+ Agency for Higher Education at the DAAD in Bonn.