Dr. Gabriella Etmektsoglou

Dr. Gabriella Etmektsoglou


As Director of NYU Berlin since 2010, Gabriella oversees its academic and administrative activities and develops relationships with local and international Universities and research institutions. Before joining NYU she taught subjects in Modern European History in universities in the U.S., Europe, and in Australia. She is a founding member of the National Peace Academy and committed to reshaping higher education, especially Global education, so that it becomes a central driver in creating a more humane and sustainable world. She is also continuing her research and writing on the Holocaust in Greece and on narratives of self-victimization in present-day Germany.  

Dr. Roland Pietsch

Assistant Director for Academics
Dr. Roland Pietsch


As Assistant Director for Academics, Roland assists the Director in the delivery of the academic programs and is responsible for managing the provisions of student and faculty services. Before joining NYU in 2011, he taught modern history at the University of London (Queen Mary) and worked as a historian for television documentaries. He has published on maritime and youth history. Roland is a born Berliner and good local history source for NYU students.

Linn Friedrichs

Assistant Director for Student Life
Linn Friedrichs


As Assistant Director for Student Life at NYU Berlin, Linn oversees the Student and Residential Life divisions in charge of, for instance, cultural events, student leadership opportunities, student conduct, health education and emergency response as well as community development. She interfaces with local and global university staff to create a more sustainable, resiliency-based learning culture for emerging cosmopolitans. Linn fell in love with Berlin in 2004 and with New York City in 2008, appreciating both cities for their unforgiving, yet engaging vibrancy, their people, and art and music scenes. She holds an M.A. in American Studies, Modern History, and Political Science. Her research for her PhD thesis, grounded in but moving beyond her work at NYU Berlin, focuses on curriculum development in the larger context of the internationalization of American Higher Education.

NYU Berlin Arts Coordinator Katrin Dettmer

Arts Coordinator
Dr. Katrin Dettmer


As the Arts Coordinator for NYU Berlin, Katrin coordinates the Tisch Special Program, “Stanislavsky, Brecht and Beyond,” which offers an integrated approach to actor training, including scene work, movement, voice, rigorous actor oriented dramaturgical research, and participation of the FIND plus workshop program at the Schaubühne. In addition to teaching a class on 20th century German theater, Katrin also organizes Q&As with theater makers in Berlin and serves as point of contact for art projects and end of semester exhibitions at the St. Agnes campus. Before joining NYU Berlin in 2015, Katrin taught German literature at Brown University and Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and has been working as a dramaturg for a variety of productions, both in the US and in Germany.

Dr. Sara Zeugmann

Wellness Counselor
Dr. Sara Zeugmann


As the onsite Wellness Counselor, Sara is responsible for all mental health related needs at NYU Berlin. She provides counseling and therapy in individual and group settings, clinical assessments, crisis intervention,  facilitation of emergency mental health services, and also assists students in obtaining psychiatric or specialty psychological services if needed.  Additionally, she also provides wellness education to students geared towards self-care, psychological as well as physical health.

Sara is a fully-licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, and holds a PhD in psychoneuroimmunology. Before joining the NYU Berlin team in 2015, she worked in clinical settings and in private practice. Next to her position as NYUB's Wellness Counselor, Sara teaches psychotherapy and works as a supervisor.

Sara is from Berlin and to her the city means home.  She loves the mishmash of people that come here and the sensation of never having seen all there is to see.

Photograph of Franziska Battenberg

Manager for Finance and Administration
Franziska Battenberg


As Finance & Administration Manager, Franziska provides financial and operational oversight for NYU Berlin and serves as a bridge between the site and the Office of Global Programs in New York City to ensure the smooth functioning and integration of site operations. Originally from Idstein, a small but beautiful town close to Frankfurt am Main, Franziska first moved to Berlin in 2008 to study International Business Management at Berlin School of Economics and Law, an international Bachelor program with a one year study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After graduating with a Master’s degree in International Business Development from ESB Business School Reutlingen, Franziska’s path led her to New York City. Here, she worked in Finance, Administration and Program Coordination at NYU Langone Health for almost five years. She loved her experience in New York City and at NYU, and is thrilled to now be back in her home country while still having the opportunity to stay connected to NYC and being part of the NYU Berlin team, enabling students to have an equally unforgettable and invaluable international experience as she was able to have. Outside of work, Franziska enjoys swimming and biking, loves the outdoors and is passionate about traveling to foreign places as well as exploring the endless historic sites, parks and cultural possibilities that Berlin and its beautiful neighborhoods have to offer.


Denise Uhl

Language Coordinator
Denise Uhl


Denise is responsible for the German language program at NYU Berlin. She coordinates the language courses and implements a variety of extra- and co-curricular activities like tutorials and language-based field trips. Denise has a degree in German Studies from the Free University of Berlin. She has been working with international students since 2006 and has worked at NYU Berlin since September 2009. 

Photo Lars Zander

Academic Coordinator, Special Programs
Lars Zander


Before joining NYU Berlin Lars has taught music and educational science for students at Humboldt Universität and Freie Universität in Berlin. With strong roots in the Berlin music scene, he has been traveling the world collecting and sharing inspiring experiences with renowned national and international musicians that now feed into his position as Academic Coordinator, in which Lars organizes the Recorded Music Program and other Special Programs for NYU Berlin.

Lygia Müller

Senior Program Coordinator
Lygia Müller


Lygia is NYU Berlin’s Senior Program Coordinator. Though born in Berlin, she has also lived in three other German Bundesländern, in Paris, in Nice, in Kalamazoo (MI) and in Las Vegas (NV). Before joining NYU, Lygia received a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Western Michigan University and gained four years of work experience in international student services. She is passionate about traveling, trying out foreign restaurants, and exploring neighborhood shops and bakeries. What fascinates her most about Berlin are the changes in pace from one borough to another.

Dominik Fungipani

Special Programs Coordinator
Dominik Fungipani


Dominik is Special Projects Coordinator and as such responsible for summer programs and J-Terms, as well as IT, design and others at NYU Berlin. Like so many, he originally moved to Berlin to study and would not want to leave again. He holds a Magister (think master's degree) in North American Studies, Philosophy and Media Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. As he wrote his thesis on the changing way of narration in US television, he has a special connection to the American way of storytelling. Dominik also spend a year studying at Duke University and while there was chosen to direct a student-run production of "Hair" which made him fell in love with musicals. He cannot sing, but invites you to come by any time and offer your rendition of "Good Morning Starshine".


Anne Strauss, Student Life Coordinator

Student Life Coordinator
Anne Strauss


In her role as Student Life Coordinator, Anne oversees all visa matters and visa processing after arrival, including all communication with the Foreigners' Office in Berlin and the Office of Global Services (OGS). Furthermore, Anne coordinates student enrollment at Humboldt University and she makes sure to support NYU Berlin students with all other required administrative formalities. Various stays abroad in the U.S., New Zealand and Canada have given her first-hand experience in and a unique understanding of how it feels to shift cultures and settle in to a new environment. Her interest in American culture, politics, and particularly transatlantic relations took her to the University of Leipzig where, in 2008, she completed her M.A. in American Studies and Communication and Media Science. In 2013, after several years of working in the South of France, she returned to her hometown of Berlin. Anne loves Berlin's vitality, the unlimited cultural and culinary possibilities, and simply exploring the city while cruising around on her bike.


Coordinator of Student Services
Ngoc-Le Nguyen


As Coordinator of Student Services, Ngoc-Le provides NYU students with the administrative support required for a smooth and successful academic experience in Berlin. As such, she advises students on immigration, professional and academic opportunities in Germany, volunteering in the city, and health-related matters. She is also involved in the planning and organization of cultural programming. Born and raised in Berlin, she is fascinated by the vibrant and cosmopolitan diversity the city and its manifold communities have to offer. Before joining NYU Berlin in 2017, Ngoc-Le studied North American Studies and worked at the Student Exchange Office at Freie Universität Berlin. She furthered her interest in the U.S. and transatlantic relations during her time as an exchange student in both Olympia, Washington State and Chicago, Illinois.

Photo Franziska Kabelitz

Program Assistant
Franziska Kabelitz


Franziska serves as Program Assistant, assisting NYU Berlin's administrative and operational flow. Originally from the northern part of Germany, she completed her undergraduate degree in the US and studied abroad in Cairo. During her undergraduate years she formed part of American University's (Washington, DC) International Student Leadership Team, and has since become highly interested in international student services and exchange. Since arriving in Berlin in 2015, Franziska has fallen in love with this dynamic city and keeps exploring its vibrant neighborhoods, history, bars and art scene. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, swimming as well as learning languages. In the summer, she can be found barbecuing at the Tempelhofer Feld airfield or trying to raise a stubborn olive tree on her balcony.

Julia Rogers

Coordinator of Academic Services
Julia Rogers


As Coordinator of Academic Services, Julia supports the administration of academic student and faculty services.  She also runs NYU Berlin’s reading room, and can assist students with questions about using other libraries in Berlin for their research. Prior to joining NYU Berlin, Julia taught English in Berlin and in the US. She holds a M.Ed. in Intercultural Education from  Freie Universität Berlin where her academic focus was on adult literacy and language acquisition. Although Berlin is home, it remains a fascinating and inspiring place as a result of its ever-changing landscape, population and the wealth of cultural opportunities.

Karen Welsch

Office Coordinator, St. Agnes Campus
Karen Welsch


Karen is Campus Coordinator at St. Agnes, NYU Berlin's studio and classroom space in Kreuzberg. She holds a MA degree in North American studies, English Literature and Marketing from Paderborn University with a one year study abroad experience at the University of Oklahoma. Her first glimpse at American life however, was much earlier during an exchange year in High School in Minnesota. Her past work engagements have brought her to wonderful places such as Tanzania, Australia and Scotland where she spent two years working in student recruitment before joining NYU Berlin. Karen loves the outdoors and has volunteered extensively with the National Trust. She likes traveling to foreign places just as much as exploring the sights and nature on her doorstep and she delighted to be part of the students' Berlin experience.

NYU Berlin RA Jacob Armstrong

Resident Assistant
Jacob Armstrong


Jacob serves as a full-time member of the Residential and Student Life Team at NYU Berlin, assisting students with settling in and getting the most out of their experience. Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the North of England, he graduated with a B.A. in English and German from Wadham College at the University of Oxford. During his studies, Jacob participated in an exchange program with Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and spent a year abroad in Berlin, which he has come to regard as a “zweite Heimat,” a second home. As an RA at NYU Berlin, Jacob seeks to maintain a warm and enriching space at the Student Residence, and provides advice on how to find a doctor, explore Berlin on foot, and access arts on a budget.

Lauren Gaillard, Resident Assistant

Resident Assistant
Lauren Gaillard


Lauren works full-time on the Residential and Student Life Team at NYU Berlin. Originally from North Carolina, she graduated with a B.A. in Sport Administration and a minor in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interdisciplinary education fostered her curiosity to explore further pedagogical fields abroad. She continued her studies at UNC Chapel Hill through the TransAtlantic Masters program, where she received an M.A. in Political Science. She studied and worked in Bath, England and Berlin, Germany and after her studies, she chose to remain in Berlin, the place which she now calls home. At NYU Berlin, she is delighted to encourage students to explore various aspects of the city and strives to facilitate a safe and welcoming atmosphere within the Student Residence. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys traveling and pursues her interests playing the horn in the Humboldt Studentische Symphonie and running in a local running club.  

Esther Ottenbreit, Resident Assistant

Resident Assistant
Esther Ottenbreit


As part of the Residential and Student Life Team, Esther supports students coming to Berlin in various aspects of everyday life in their new home, such as navigating the public transportation system, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and finding affordable workout options. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Linguistics and Translation, an M.A. in Intercultural Europe and America Studies, and is also a certified group fitness instructor, fascia coach, and aspiring yoga teacher. Although born and raised in Germany, she loves to travel all over the world, explore foreign countries, and meet different people. Grateful for the unforgettable experiences she made abroad – be it during her semester as an international exchange student in Boise, Idaho, or on a three-month backpacking trip through South East Asia and Australia – Esther is excited to introduce students to Berlin’s diverse communities, thus spending a memorable and rewarding time in this amazing city.


New York Site Representative
Colby Hepner

phone: 212-998-4433