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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. Annette Doll-Sellen, 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 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, 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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  • 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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  • Klama, Bosse

    Klama, Bosse

    Media and Operations Intern

    Bosse Klama is the media and operations intern at the German Center for Research and Innovation. His duties include maintaining ...

    Bosse Klama is the media and operations intern at the German Center for Research and Innovation. His duties include maintaining the GCRI’s Twitter profile, providing assistance with GCRI events as well as researching topics for the monthly newsletter E-NNOVATION GERMANY. Having finished his bachelor’s degree in media and communication studies including one year of study abroad at the University of Madrid, Bosse is currently enrolled in a master’s program in communication management at the University of Leipzig. Before joining the GCRI, Bosse interned at the German Federal Press Office in Berlin and worked part-time at the German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle (Saale).

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