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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.

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Assistant Director, Academic Progams

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. The most exciting part of his job is exploring engaging ways of university teaching together with NYUB’s faculty and how professors adapt to teaching in an international classroom.

Before joining NYU in 2011, he taught modern history at the University of London (Queen Mary College) and worked as a historian for television documentaries. He has published widely on maritime and youth history; his current research project investigates the connection of masculinity and mental health among sailors in the 18th/19th-century navy and is supported by a fellowship of the British National Maritime Museum. Next to teaching Berlin’s and Germany’s modern history at NYUB, he is currently also co-teaching a course on the global history of piracy in the early modern period at Humboldt University Berlin.

Roland is a born Berliner and good local history source for NYU students. All academic pursuits aside, he still counts as his most memorable achievement in life having once been the manager of a music venue.


Linn Friedrichs

Assistant Director for Student Life

Linn is responsible for all student life-related issues, including housing, student welfare, cultural events, and other activities. She fell in love with Berlin in 2004 and with New York City in 2008, appreciating both cities for their unforgiving, yet engaging vibrancy, its people, and art and music scene. Linn has studied in Berlin and New York City and holds an M.A. in American Studies, Modern History, and Political Science. As her academic interest largely revolves around the politics and poetics of urban space, her MA thesis looked at New York City’s High Line through the lens of Henri Lefebvre’s theory of the production of space, touching on aspects of 21st century urban space, community revitalization, and the urban power struggle.

Anne Strauß

Student Life Administrator

As Student Life Administrator, Anne supports NYU Berlin students with all required administrative formalities and assists in the planning and organization of student programming and excursions. 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 vitatility, the unlimited cultural and culinary possibilities and simply exploring the city while cruising around on her bike. 

Carolyn Marten

Finance and Operations Manager

As Finance and Operations Manager Carolyn assists NYU Berlin's Director in providing financial and operational oversight including monthly accounting, financial reporting as well as budget planning, human resources management and negotiations of supplier contracts.

Carolyn has degrees in law and business administration and worked in international HR & Finance teams in the IT and communication industry and has explored the exciting world of the Berlin start-up scene – the Silicon Valley of Europe.

She loves the vibrant city of Berlin with its thriving community of smart and ambitious people and companies & hopes that she can help light the way for students to have an unforgettable experience as they explore and discover the city.


Language Coordinator

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.

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Senior Program Coordinator

Lygia is NYU Berlin’s Senior Program Coordinator. Though born in Berlin, she has already 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 is the change of paces from one borough to another.


Dominik Fungipani

Special Projects Coordinator

Dominik is the Special Projects Coordinator at NYU Berlin and as such is responsible for summer programs and J-Terms, among others. Like so many, he moved to Berlin to study and would not want to leave again. Currently writing his Master's thesis in North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin on the changing way of narration in US television, he has a special connection to the American way of storytelling. Dominik also studied 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 and offer your rendition of "Good Morning Starshine".

Karen Welsch

Residential Life Coordinator

Karen is NYU Berlin’s Residential Life Coordinator. She holds an MA in North American Studies, English Literature and Marketing from Paderborn University with a one year study abroad experience at the University of Oklahoma. 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 enjoys traveling to foreign places just as much as exploring the sights and nature on her doorstep. She is delighted to be a resource for the students as they get to know their new home and create their own Berlin experience.

Britta Dehnel

Resident Assistant

Britta is NYU Berlin’s Full-Time RA. She holds a degree in Applied Foreign Languages and Business Studies. As part of her studies, she spent one year in the US, where she also worked as a Community Assistant at the residence hall and as a Research Assistant at the German Department. Further stays abroad led her to Portugal, Greece and Uganda. During her semesters in Germany, she interacted with international students, helping them to settle into the new environment, and worked at the tourist information center in Frankfurt (Main). She is an avid reader and enjoys discovering Berlin, its history, and the many events and activities the city offers. Britta is looking forward to help the students have an unforgettable semester exploring Berlin and Germany. 

Logan Verdoorn

Theater Coordinator and Resident Assistant

Logan Verdoorn is NYU Berlin’s Theater Coordinator and part-time Resident Assistant. An American, Logan studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been working for NYU Berlin in various roles since Summer 2013 and has lived full-time in Berlin since January 2013, when he hopped off the plane at TXL and fell in love with Berlin right then.

Alongside the Student Life team, he runs and coordinates a number of student projects and programming at NYU Berlin, including the Theater Project, which he created in Fall 2013 and is now offered each semester. He’s very much looking forward to welcoming the students to Berlin and helping them to explore all the fascinating, exciting aspects of this amazing city.


New York Site Representative

Stephanie is the site representative for NYU Berlin and NYU Sydney.  She is a recent graduate of NYU's International Education program and was a Graduate Assistant with NYU Global Programs during her studies.  She is excited to work with students as they prepare to study at NYU Berlin!

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