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Under the leadership of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the GCRI is closely advised by Dr. Nina Lemmens, Director of DAAD North America.

  • Lemmens, Dr. Nina

    Lemmens, Dr. Nina

    Executive Director

    Dr. Nina Lemmens is the Executive Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City. She is also the ...

    Dr. Nina Lemmens is the Executive Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City. She is also the Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) North America office in New York, which is responsible for the organization‘s activities in the USA and Canada.

    Nina studied art history and worked as a freelance journalist for ten years during her time at university. After finishing her PhD, she was the personal assistant to an MP in the German Parliament for one year.

    Nina joined DAAD in 1997 and since then has held numerous positions, including Director of the DAAD London office from 2000 to 2006 and Director of the Asia-Pacific Department in the Bonn head office from 2006 to 2009. From July 2009 to December 2013, Nina was Director of the Department for Internationalisation and Communication in DAAD in Bonn.

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  • Roessler, Dr. Gerrit K.

    Roessler, Dr. Gerrit K.

    Program Manager

    Dr. Gerrit K. Roessler is the Program Manager of the German Center for Research and Innovation. He manages the center’s ...

    Dr. Gerrit K. Roessler is the Program Manager of the German Center for Research and Innovation. He manages the center’s day-to-day operations and supports the executive director in its strategic development. He is also responsible for growing the center’s vast network and membership base and for raising awareness of its activities in the science and innovation community.

    Prior to his time at the GCRI he served as director of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in New York City from 2012 to 2017. Gain is a joint initiative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He designed and organized events, workshops and training opportunities to aid German researchers in North America with their professional development. He has given numerous talks and published essays on building and maintaining international networks and support structures for mobile researchers in various journals in Germany and abroad.

    Gerrit received his Ph.D. in German literature and culture from the University of Virginia in 2013 and an Erstes Staatsexamen in music and English from the University of Dortmund, Germany in 2007. From 2011 to 2012 he worked as Assistant Adjunct Professor at Queens College, CUNY.

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  • Linderkamp, Edwin

    Linderkamp, Edwin

    Communications Officer

    Edwin Linderkamp is the communications officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. His responsibilities include ...

    Edwin Linderkamp is the communications officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. His responsibilities include GCRI’s monthly newsletter, E-NNOVATION GERMANY as well as GCRI’s website and social media presence. Prior to joining GCRI, Edwin was a digital marketer at Oak Web Works, LLC, a web design and marketing company in Western Massachusetts. There he was responsible for content development, search engine optimization, social media marketing and reaching out to business owners. Edwin has experience in freelance research, media and public relations at organizations such as the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, the Foundation SPI – Social Pedagogical Institute Berlin »Walter May«, MitOst e.V. and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

    Edwin received his M.Sc. in Urban Management from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and his B.A. in Business Management Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He completed an advanced training in Public Relations at the Indisoft GmbH, Germany. Edwin has lived in Germany, the United States, Canada, and Turkey.

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  • John-Scheder, Julia

    John-Scheder, Julia

    Program Officer

    Julia John-Scheder is the program officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her responsibilities consist of event  ...

    Julia John-Scheder is the program officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her responsibilities consist of event management, accounts payable and receivables, and general office administration. Prior to joining the GCRI, Julia worked at GAIN, the German Academic International Network in New York. There she gained experience and skills in coordinating large-scale international conferences, marketing, and general event management. Prior to embarking on a career in the educational sector, Julia worked as a freelance journalist writing for organizations like Citylimits.org. Julia received her B.A. in Journalism from Brooklyn College. She was born in Austria and moved to New York in 2008.

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  • Andrews, McKennah

    Andrews, McKennah

    Media and Operations Intern

    McKennah Andrews is the Media and Operations Intern at the German Center for Research and Innovation. She is responsible for ...

    McKennah Andrews is the Media and Operations Intern at the German Center for Research and Innovation. She is responsible for maintaining GCRI’s Twitter feed, assisting with events hosted by the GCRI, and researching topics for the monthly blogs and newsletter, E-NNOVATION GERMANY. McKennah has plentiful experience in event management, from concerts and fundraisers to dance competitions, and she spent one year as a Young Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), providing information for studying or researching abroad in Germany on her university campus. Her enthusiasm for the German culture and language is evident through her time spent as both an exchange student and au pair in Karlsruhe and Augsburg, Germany. In May 2017, she graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Organizational Communication Studies, a minor in German, and a certificate in Entertainment Management. By the end of 2017, McKennah will complete her certification to teach English as a second language.

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