It is my pleasure to introduce the next CEO of Students For Liberty: (soon to be Dr.) Wolf von Laer.
Wolf joined Students For Liberty in 2011 as a member of the founding European Students For Liberty Executive Board. The following year, he became chairman of that Executive Board and launched several important projects that continue today including the European Students For Liberty Local Coordinator Program. After passing the baton off to the next chairperson, Wolf began his D. Phil. at King’s College London in political economy. For the past three years, while Wolf has concentrated on his studies and received notable recognition in his field, he has remained an active volunteer and advocate for SFL. Most recently, he joined SFL’s staff as Professional Development Director.
Wolf brings together all of the qualities we were looking for in the next CEO. Wolf’s extensive history with SFL coupled with his experience outside of the organization will provide him with a unique perspective for growing the organization. He balances one foot in the world of academia and one in the world of action. He has a global background, having lived in the US, Turkey, Spain, Argentina, Sweden, UK, and Germany, but also possesses the appreciation for and understanding of US issues critical to work in a US-based organization. Most importantly, Wolf is one of the most capable and competent individuals out there, able to both set ambitious goals and deliver upon them.
As detailed in our 2015-2016 Annual Report, SFL just experienced our most successful year to date growing to 1,916 student groups, training 1,574 leaders, running 98 conferences for 19,834 attendees, and garnering 1,077 media hits. This position is not an honorific. It imposes a heavy burden upon Wolf to support the further growth of the student movement for liberty. Under Wolf’s leadership, though, I have great confidence that SFL will continue to grow and will have an even bigger impact in the future.
Wolf will assume the position of CEO in the coming months as we complete the transfer of my responsibilities to him and he moves to the United States. In the meantime though, please join me in welcoming Wolf to his new role and thank him for taking on this responsibility.