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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.

  • 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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  • Niesert, Katharina

    Niesert, Katharina

    Communications Officer

    Katharina Niesert is the Communications Officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her responsibilities include ...

    Katharina Niesert is the Communications Officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her responsibilities include GCRI’s monthly newsletter, E-NNOVATION GERMANY as well as GCRI’s website and social media presence.Prior to joining German Center for Research and Innovation Katharina was a program coordinator at the German Research Foundation’s (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) New York Office, representing the DFG and its funding programs to the scientific community and the public in North America. Her main focus was the organization of events as well as coordination of logistics for exhibits at conferences and fairs.

    Katharina’s background is in the arts; she worked at the Neue Galerie New York and MoMA PS1 and was the Director of Special Events and Public Programming at the Chelsea Art Museum. Katharina holds a Diplom (BA equivalent) in arts management from the Fachhochschule Potsdam, Germany. She completed continuing education programs at NYU in event management and social media for nonprofit organizations.

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  • Oellrich, Nadja

    Oellrich, Nadja

    Program Officer

    Nadja Oellrich is the program officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH). Her responsibilities consist of ...

    Nadja Oellrich is the program officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH). Her responsibilities consist of event management and general office administration. Prior to joining the DWIH, Nadja worked as a program coordinator at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany for a one-year-long study program. There, she gained experience and skills in managing academic study programs, institutional partnerships, and events, as well as marketing and student counseling. Nadja holds an M.S. in Neuroscience from an Erasmus Mundus program (dual degree from Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands, and University of Coimbra, Portugal) and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She gained experience in social neuroscience as a research assistant in Lisbon, Portugal.

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  • King, Jessica

    King, Jessica

    Media and Operations Intern

    Jessica King is the Media and Operations Intern for the GCRI. At the GCRI, she does a little of everything, from helping out with  ...

    Jessica King is the Media and Operations Intern for the GCRI. At the GCRI, she does a little of everything, from helping out with events and administrative tasks to researching and drafting content for the various GCRI communication channels such as Twitter and the (upcoming) new website. Jessica is a recent graduate from Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in communication and international studies with a minor in German. She will be returning to Virginia Tech after her internship to get has Master’s in communication.

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