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GCRI Advisory Council

The GCRI is fortunate to have the expertise and wide-ranging networks that the Advisory Council brings to the organization. The profiles of the Council members, featured below, attest to the GCRI’s reach across the business, government, academic, and nonprofit sectors.
The Council members’ leadership ensures that the GCRI is well connected to key stakeholders in the United States and Germany. Their involvement in programming, strategizing and periodically reviewing GCRI’s overall effectiveness enabled GCRI to become a fully functioning organization within months of its launch.
Under the leadership of its chair, Cathleen Fisher, and GCRI’s Governing Directors, Dr. Nina Lemmens and Dr. Annette Doll-Sellen, the Advisory Council works tirelessly to enhance the GCRI’s outreach as it presents Germany to the North American market.

  • Adam Moore, Andrea

    Adam Moore, Andrea

    Executive Director

    Andrea Adam Moore serves as elected representative of the German Universities Liaison Offices in New York. She is Executive ...

    Andrea Adam Moore serves as elected representative of the German Universities Liaison Offices in New York. She is Executive Director of the German University Alliance, the joint North American Liaison Office of Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München that was established in 2005 to deepen the research and educational relationships between these two German institutions and their U.S. and Canadian counterparts. Before representing German universities in North America, Mrs. Adam Moore was Program Manager of an international graduate program in economics in Berlin. She holds a Master in Business Administration from Humboldt-Universität Berlin. Is Aging Reversible? GCRI, 2/10/14

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  • Becker, Kurt H.

    Becker, Kurt H.

    Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Applied Physics, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Kurt H. Becker is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Applied Physics as well as of Mechanical and Aerospace ...

    Kurt H. Becker is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Applied Physics as well as of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of NYU (NYU-Poly). He received his MS (Dipl. Phys.) and Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) degrees from the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Prior to joining NYU-Poly in 2007, he was on the faculty of Lehigh University (1984-1988), the City College of CUNY (1988-1997), and Stevens Institute of Technology (1997-2007). At Stevens, he served as Head of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics (2000-2007) and also as Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Systems (2003-2007).  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a recipient of the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award of the Research and Development Council of New Jersey (2001), and he holds an Honorary Professorship from the Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck, Austria. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, edited or co-edited 10 books and Special Issues of professional journals. He was part of a successful commercialization of plasma technology for medical sterilization applications through a university spin-out company, PlasmaSol.

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  • Doll-Sellen, Annette

    Doll-Sellen, Annette

    Director

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

    Coming from a background in the humanities, Dr. 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

    Director

    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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  • Noske, Andrea

    Noske, Andrea

    Head of the Science and Technology Section

    Andrea Noske has been the head of the Science and Technology Section at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in ...

    Andrea Noske has been the head of the Science and Technology Section at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. since September 2011. Prior to this assignment, she was the head of the "Basic Policy Issues; Internationalization Strategy" division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), where she also held positions as the head of the German Delegation at the OECD Science and Technology Policy Committee and the OECD Education Policy Committee. From 2006 to 2010, she was head of the "Cabinet; Parliament" division, and in 2005, she organized the "Year of Science" for the BMBF.

    From 1999 to 2003, Ms. Noske worked at the Jacobs University in Bremen during its founding stages, as the Director for Infrastructure Management and Academic Personnel. Prior to this position, in 1998, she served as the Deputy Personal Assistant to Federal Minister Jürgen Rüttgers. In 1996, she became the desk officer for Scientific Cooperation with Israel in the "Bilateral Cooperation with Western Europe, Mediterranean Countries and Africa" division at the BMBF. Her first position at the Ministry, in 1991, was in the "Laser Research and Laser Technology" division. Ms. Noske first began her career at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. She received her MSc degree in Metallurgical Sciences in 1987 from RWTH Aachen University.

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  • Peck, Prof. Jeffrey

    Peck, Prof. Jeffrey

    Vice Provost for Global Strategies, Baruch College

    Prof. Jeffrey Peck received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2008 he has been the Dean of the ...

    Prof. Jeffrey Peck received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2008 he has been the Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Baruch College/CUNY. As of January 2011, he has also been named Vice Provost for Global Strategies for Baruch. Before coming to Baruch, he was a Fulbright Professor and then holder of the Walter Benjamin Chair in German Jewish History and Culture at Humboldt University, Berlin. At Humboldt he was also the Director of the Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies. During two separate tenures at Georgetown University, he was a faculty member in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program, as well as in the Center for German and European Studies (the School of Foreign Service), in the Department of German and Director of the Jewish Studies Initiative. He was also a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C. From 1999-2002 he was the first Director of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University (Toronto) and the University of Montreal. Previously he also held positions at the University of Washington and the Free University of Berlin. Peck’s interdisciplinary research focuses on questions of national and minority identities, particularly in diaspora (primarily Jewish) communities. His most recent book, Being Jewish in the New Germany, was published by Rutgers University Press, 2006 (paperback 2007). Currently, Peck is interested in issues emerging from global research collaboration.

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  • Rieg, Dietmar

    Rieg, Dietmar

    President & CEO

    Mr. Rieg has served as President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) in New York since July 2013. Prior to  ...

    Mr. Rieg has served as President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) in New York since July 2013. Prior to joining the GACC New York, Mr. Rieg served as General Manager of BayernLB’s Branch in New York, where he held numerous senior positions since 1993. From 2006 to 2008, he shifted to the bank’s headquarters in Munich, where he was responsible for the corporate banking business in multiple industries, including energy and telecommunications. He returned to New York in 2008 to take the position of CEO of Bayern LB’s subsidiary office. Mr. Rieg is an economist with a degree from the University of Tuebingen,  Germany and holds an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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  • Wagener, Brita

    Wagener, Brita

    Before her current position, Brita Wagener served as the German Ambassador to Iraq (2012–2014), as Consul General in ...

    Before her current position, Brita Wagener served as the German Ambassador to Iraq (2012–2014), as Consul General in Istanbul (2009–2012), as Commissioner for German Personnel in International Organizations at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin (2006–2009), and as Minister Plenipotentiary/Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Cairo, Egypt (2003–2006). Prior to this, Mrs. Wagener held various other positions both in the Headquarters of the German Federal Foreign Office in Germany and abroad. Amongst others, she was Counsellor of Economic and Commercial Affairs at the German Embassy in Tel Aviv, Counsellor of Political Affairs at the German Embassy in New Delhi, and Second Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs at the German Embassy in Cairo. Mrs. Wagener studied law at both the University of Bonn and at the University of Hamburg. She has been a fully qualified lawyer since 1983.

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