Winfried Kneip has been Director of the Centre for Education at Stiftung Mercator since 2009.
Previously, he spent six years as a Managing Director of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Germany. Since 2004, he has also been on the Executive Board of the Buddy Project, a project to promote social competence which he initiated and managed. Winfried Kneip gained his early professional experience in the fields of consumer education and as Editor-in-Chief at the "Verlag an der Ruhr" publishers. Then he founded the "Agentur Menschenskinder" organization, which develops educational concepts and materials.