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Gabriella Etmektsoglou

Director

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. 

gabriella.etmektsoglou@nyu.edu

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Assistant Director for Academics

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 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, which is supported by a fellowship of the British National Maritime Museum. 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 having once been the manager of a music venue.

roland.pietsch@nyu.edu

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.

linn.friedrichs@nyu.edu

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. 

anne.strauss@nyu.edu 

Nancy Pidoto

Finance and Operations Manager

nancy.pidoto@nyu.edu

As Finance and Operations Manager Nancy 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.

Nancy holds an MA in Business Administration, Finance and Banking from Berlin's Humboldt University. She worked in the finance and accounting departments of medium-sized as well as multinational corporations in Germany, Australia and the United States. In 2008, Nancy returned to her hometown Berlin, yet travelling still remains one of her biggest passions.
 

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Wellness Counselor

Dr. Janice Abarbanel is NYU Berlin's Wellness Counselor, providing counseling and wellness programming for NYU Berlin students. Janice is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington DC where she worked for many years with international families and students and with US Peace Corps Volunteers.  She has lived and worked abroad and brings to Berlin her expertise with the emotional challenges that often accompany intercultural exchanges.  She welcomes "wellness" as a guide for engaging with change.

janice.abarbanel@nyu.edu

Denise

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.

denise.uhl@nyu.edu

lygia muller

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.

lygia.mueller@nyu.edu

 

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".

dominik.fungipani@nyu.edu

Anna Sablotny

Residential Life Coordinator

Anne is NYU Berlin’s Residential Life Coordinator and cares for making the student housing a real ‘home away from home’. She holds a degree in Higher Education and another one in Rural Development, which she completed in Kathmandu, Nepal. Having studied and lived in Asia for more than 5 years, she knows what it feels like to be a student abroad and is passionate about the dynamics of intercultural experiences. In her spare time she loves to explore Berlin’s word-of-mouth music scene and works on an online platform on sex education for youth in Nepal.

anne.sablotny@nyu.edu

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.

britta.dehnel@nyu.edu 

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 then with Berlin. 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.

logan.verdoorn@nyu.edu

Stephanie

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!

smm759@nyu.edu

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