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The GCRI Foundation, Inc., was incorporated in 2012 and held its inaugural Board meeting on August 14, 2012, at the German House in New York City. The GCRI Foundation, Inc., will support the mission and work of the German Center for Research and Innovation through activities to expand the Center's funding base and enhance the sustainability of the GCRI's operations, including its public events, workshops, publications, website, and other relevant projects.

  • Sharp, James A.

    Sharp, James A.

    Chairman

    Jim Sharp is one of the industry’s leading authorities in microscopy and is presently the President of Carl Zeiss ...

    Jim Sharp is one of the industry’s leading authorities in microscopy and is presently the President of Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC and President & CEO of Carl Zeiss, Inc. headquartered in Thornwood, NY. Mr. Sharp has served Zeiss in North America as well as in Germany, supervising operations in both light and electron microscopy. He became President of the Microscope Division in 1991. After spending four years at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH in Germany as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Microscopy Business Unit, Mr. Sharp returned to the U.S. as head of Carl Zeiss MicroImaging, where he achieved significant sales growth within a mature market. He is currently a board member of Nanofilm, Inc., and a trustee of the Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL) as well as member of the board of directors for several Carl Zeiss companies.

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  • Renz, Prof. Wolfgang

    Renz, Prof. Wolfgang

    Co-President

    Prof. Wolfgang Renz is President of International Business at Physicians Interactive. Formerly, he served as Corporate Vice ...

    Prof. Wolfgang Renz is President of International Business at Physicians Interactive. Formerly, he served as Corporate Vice President of Business Model & HealthCare Innovation at Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. For over a decade, he has been involved in developing medicines and technology to help people lead healthier, more productive lives. At Boehringer Ingelheim, he leads a team of specialists to find, test, and develop the disruptive technologies that will shape the way health care will be delivered in the future. In addition, he also serves as Adjunct Professor of Surgery at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada. Prof. Renz holds a medical degree and a PhD from Freiburg University and is board certified in Germany in emergency medicine.

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  • Tumer, Sinan S.

    Tumer, Sinan S.

    Co-President

    Sinan Tumer is the Senior Director of SAP Co-Innovation Lab in the East Coast region of USA. He is responsible for establishing ...

    Sinan Tumer is the Senior Director of SAP Co-Innovation Lab in the East Coast region of USA. He is responsible for establishing an open innovation process by harnessing SAP’s partner ecosystem to deliver innovative business solutions to SAP’s customers. Previously he was responsible for managing international research policies at SAP Research with special focus on Research & Innovation deployment and early adoption programs of the U.S. and EU governments. During his long career at SAP America, he held various management positions like Director of Operations at SAP Research, Consulting Director of the U.S. North East region, and Software Partner Alliance Director. Prior to joining SAP, he had held various IT management positions and Systems Integration consulting positions at Andersen Consulting and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Tumer has a master’s degree in Systems Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Sciences, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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  • Halpern, Dr. Joann

    Halpern, Dr. Joann

    Dr. Joann Halpern is Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City and Adjunct Professor of ...

    Dr. Joann Halpern is Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City and Adjunct Professor of International Education at New York University. Her primary responsibilities include strategic planning, program development, and strategic outreach. Before she joined GCRI, Dr. Halpern was Director of Academic Affairs and Senior Studies and Professor of International Education at Global College of Long Island University. From 1996-2001, Dr. Halpern was Director of International Programs at Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode, Germany. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her M.A. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from New York University. She is a recipient of the Harvard Award for Distinction in Teaching as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Fulbright Association, German Academic Exchange Service, Robert Bosch Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Halpern serves on the advisory boards of the Technical University of Dortmund, German Accelerator, University Alliance Ruhr, Charité Entrepreneurship Summit, INet NYC, and LIU Global.

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  • Sommer, Joerg

    Sommer, Joerg

    Joerg Sommer is an automotive executive and founding partner of a cyber technology start-up in stealth mode based in Los Angeles.  ...

    Joerg Sommer is an automotive executive and founding partner of a cyber technology start-up in stealth mode based in Los Angeles. Formerly he served as Vice President of Product Marketing & Growth at Faraday & Future Inc. There he was responsible for executing the marketing strategy and establishing a strong brand identity and connection to Faraday Future’s user demographic. He has served as Vice President of Product Marketing & Strategy at Volkswagen of America, Inc. where he was responsible for all product marketing activities of the VW Brand in the U.S. as a member of the U.S. Executive Management Team. 

    Over the past 20 years, Mr. Sommer has held leadership roles in Strategic Product Planning, Product Strategy, and Product Management. Mr. Sommer holds a Dual Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University in Berlin and a Master of Business Administration from the Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He speaks German, English, and French.

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  • Doll-Sellen, Dr. Annette

    Doll-Sellen, Dr. Annette

    Coming from a background in the humanities, Dr. Annette Doll-Sellen completed her Ph.D. in German literature at the University of  ...

    Coming from a background in the humanities, Dr. Annette Doll-Sellen completed her Ph.D. in German literature at the University of Cologne. Subsequently, she focused her attention on research administration.

    Dr. Doll-Sellen gained substantial experience in international science management during her seven years in Brussels, where she held several executive positions. For five years, she was entrusted with the directorship of the “European Liaison Office of the German Research Organizations.” Following that position, she served as a senior expert for the European Commission in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Upon her return to Germany, she concentrated her activities on the European Research Council, for which she chaired the national Contact Point in Germany from 2006 to 2013.

    In the context of the “German Excellence Initiative,” the DFG Headquarters in Bonn called upon Dr. Doll-Sellen’s expertise to manage the funding of excellence centers throughout the country, working with cutting-edge German research institutions in Berlin, Munich, and Heidelberg. In the spring of 2014, Dr. Doll-Sellen was appointed Director of the German Research Foundation’s New York Office where she will continue to share her broad experience in international science management to promote transatlantic research cooperation.

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  • Lemmens, Dr. Nina

    Lemmens, Dr. Nina

    Dr. Nina Lemmens studied art history and history at the University of Bonn and worked as a freelance journalist for ten years ...

    Dr. Nina Lemmens studied art history and history at the University of Bonn and worked as a freelance journalist for ten years during her time at university. After finishing her Ph.D., she worked as personal assistant to a member of the German Parliament for one year.

    Dr. Lemmens joined the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 1997 and since then has held several positions, including Director of the DAAD London office (2000 to 2006), Director for the Asia-Pacific Section in the Bonn head office (2006 to 2009), and Director of the Department for Internationalization and Communication in DAAD in Bonn, where she was responsible for a budget of around 70 million Euros – roughly $ 95 million. As of January 1, 2014, Dr. Nina Lemmens is the new Director of DAAD’s North America office in New York. She has come to New York with her husband, Dr. Markus Lemmens, a publisher and expert in the field of marketing.

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