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GCRI Team

Under the joint leadership of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), the GCRI is closely advised by Dr. Nina Lemmens, Director of DAAD North America, and Dr. Annette Doll-Sellen, Director of the DFG New York Office.

  • 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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  • Halpern, Dr. Joann

    Halpern, Dr. Joann

    Director

    Dr. Joann Halpern is the director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City and an adjunct professor of ...

    Dr. Joann Halpern is the director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City and an adjunct professor of international education at New York University. Her primary responsibilities include strategic planning, program development, and strategic outreach. Prior to joining GCRI, Joann was the director of academic affairs and senior studies and professor of international education at Global College of Long Island University, where she spearheaded the campus internationalization process, taught undergraduates, and revised the Global College curriculum.

    From 1996-2001 Joann was the director of international programs at Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode, Germany where she taught undergraduates, created university exchange programs for students and professors, and developed dual degree programs in business administration and tourism management. She also co-founded Knowledge Transfer Beyond Boundaries, an NGO with projects in Cameroon, Nigeria, Yemen, and Antigua.

    Joann received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her M.A. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from New York University. She has taught courses in global studies, international education, intercultural communication, business English, ESL, German, and English at universities in the United States (Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Long Island University) and in Germany (University of Magdeburg and Harz University). She is a recipient of the Harvard University Award for Distinction in Teaching as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, German Academic Exchange Service, Robert Bosch Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Joann serves on the advisory boards of the Technical University of Dortmund, German Accelerator, University Alliance Ruhr, Charité Entrepreneurship Summit, INet, and LIU Global.

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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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  • Fleer, Michelle

    Fleer, Michelle

    Media and Operations Intern

    Michelle Fleer is the media and operations intern at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her duties include ...

    Michelle Fleer is the media and operations intern at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her duties include maintaining GCRI’s Twitter profile, providing assistance with GCRI events as well as researching topics for the monthly newsletter E-NNOVATION GERMANY. Michelle will receive her B.A. in Communication Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München by the end of 2017. Before joining the GCRI, Michelle has worked and interned for different companies, such as an international creative agency in the online marketing department.

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