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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. Eva-Maria Streier, Director of the DFG New York Office.

  • 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. Her primary responsibilities  ...

    Dr. Joann Halpern is the director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City. Her primary responsibilities include program development, strategic planning, 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, 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, ConRuhr, and LIU Global.

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  • Audet, Jennifer

    Audet, Jennifer

    Communications Officer

    Jennifer Audet is the communications officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her responsibilities include ...

    Jennifer Audet is the communications officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her responsibilities include editorial work for E-NNOVATION GERMANY, the GCRI’s monthly newsletter, and managing GCRI’s web presence. In her former role as program officer at the GCRI, Jennifer was responsible for event logistics, database management and general office administration. Prior to joining the GCRI, she was a project coordinator at TransPerfect, a global translation and business services company headquartered in New York City. At TransPerfect, Jennifer worked in production in the Medical Technology and Finance Department, and was a member of the winning team in the company’s 2012 Innovation Competition. Before her move to New York, she served as a promotions intern in social media publicity for the national public affairs television program, PBS FRONTLINE, produced by WGBH, Boston.

    Jennifer graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and a minor in communications and media studies. Her international experience includes a semester abroad at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, and a summer home-stay in Talloires, France. She was also a National Prizewinner of a month-long study-trip to Nuremberg, Germany, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), in cooperation with the German governmental agency, the Pedagogical Exchange Service (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst, or PAD).

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  • Glaser, Katharina

    Glaser, Katharina

    Program Assistant

    Katharina Glaser is the program assistant at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her responsibilities consist of event  ...

    Katharina Glaser is the program assistant at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her responsibilities consist of event management, accounts payable and receivables, and general office duties and administration. Prior to joining the GCRI, Katharina worked at multiple non-profit organizations including ATD 4th World International, the Huairou Commission, and the NGO Committee on UNICEF. While at these organizations, she gained experience and skill in coordinating large-scale international conferences, monitoring UN activity, and grant writing. Before embarking on a career in the international sector, Katharina spent two years as a case manager and later as a supervisor at SKIP of New York, a case management agency that serves families with mentally and/or physically disabled children in the NYC area.

    Katharina received her B.A. in History from Ithaca College and her M.A. in International Affairs from The New School University in New York. Her international experiences include three study abroad semesters in Madrid, Dublin, and Addis Ababa and a six-month long internship at ZDF in Berlin. Katharina was born in Germany and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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  • Gräf, Cornelia

    Gräf, Cornelia

    Media & Operations Intern

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

    Cornelia Gräf is the media and operations intern at the German Center for Research and Innovation. Her duties include maintaining the GCRI’s Twitter and online profiles, providing assistance with GCRI events as well as researching topics for the monthly newsletter E-NNOVATION GERMANY. Before joining the GCRI, Cornelia worked as the corporate communications officer of Studentenwerk Heidelberg, where she was responsible for press work and public relations and gained experience in various aspects of event preparation, social media, and office administration. Prior to this position, she studied German and English philology, with a focus on linguistics, at Heidelberg University, where she earned a Magistra Artium degree. During this time she worked as a student assistant at Heidelberg University’s Career Services office, where she developed and maintained an internship database and advised students on internship- and career-related questions. Cornelia also gained media experience as a freelance journalist and writer for the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung and various university-related publications.

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