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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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  • 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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