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
As Assistant Director for Academics, Roland supports the Director in the design of the academic programs and manages the provisions of student and lecturer services. The cross-disciplinary mix that NYU Berlin’s courses offer, as well as the many co- and extracurricular opportunities for learning in place are to him what makes NYU Berlin so attractive. As a first-generation student, he sees comprehensive and easily accessible academic advising as a key to success. Roland holds an MA in history and economics from TU Berlin, and a PhD in history from Queen Mary University of London. He has published on maritime and youth history. His most recent publication is a chapter on youth in war and conflict in Bloomsbury’s “Cultural History of Youth in the Age of Enlightenment” (2022)
Dr. Ares Kalandides
As an academic advisor Ares coordinates communication with and among faculty members, assists the director in curriculum and site development, and oversees the organization of academic events at NYU Berlin. As a trained urban scholar with several decades of experience both in consultancy and in higher education, he strongly believes that today’s universities can be a key player in the development of emerging adults as informed, free-thinking, happy, creative, and democratic people. He also continues his research on issues of citizen participation in urban governance.
As Arts Coordinator at NYU Berlin, Jennifer supports students, lecturers, and academic staff in NYU Berlin's music and drama programs, and facilitates individual courses in studio art and art history. Born and raised in Iowa, USA, Jennifer moved to Leipzig in 2005 as a Fulbright scholar, and soon decided to make Germany her home. After a career as an opera singer, she pivoted to higher education and study abroad experiences, including teaching undergraduate courses in cinema and Weimar-era performance. In addition to being passionate about sustainability, she is a big fan of Berlin's rich cultural landscape and enjoys introducing others to what the city has to offer.
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.
Program Assistant, Academics
As Program Assistant, Academics at NYU Berlin, Isobel is responsible for the academic support of students during their stay in Berlin, as well as supporting lecturers and with the organization of their courses. She completed her Master’s degree in Cultural Theory and History at Humboldt University in Berlin in 2022 and has lived in Berlin for 4 years. Originally from the UK, Isobel studied and worked in London, before moving to Berlin. She has worked in program management and administration in both cities and is passionate about diversity and equal access in education. Isobel particularly enjoys exploring Berlin’s diverse food offerings and swimming in the city’s lakes in the summer.
Selin manages a large number of projects as well as numerous relationships with contractors, vendors, and partners of NYU Berlin. She approaches all aspects of her work from the perspectives of sustainability, equity, and diversity. In her role as liaison for NYU campus safety, she is committed to promoting a safe environment for the NYU Berlin community. Before joining NYU Berlin, Selin worked for start-ups in Munich and Berlin, most recently as director of operations in a company offering international relocations. Having studied sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and LMU Munich, she continues to remain engaged in discussions about gender, migration, and social justice. Although she enjoys traveling, Berlin never ceases to fascinate her with its rich history and its ever-changing districts. Feel free to approach her for tips on sustainable living, the newest shows and movies, and tips on where to find what in Berlin.
As Finance Manager, Lygia oversees most matters related to Finances and Human Resources at NYU Berlin. Before joining our team in 2012, Lygia received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University and worked in student affairs at UNLV. Though originally born in Berlin, she grew up in northern Germany before moving to cities such as Paris, Kalamazoo and Las Vegas. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the city and the surrounding state Brandenburg with her family, watching a movie in one of many OV theaters, and simply indulging herself with a heavenly piece of cake from the cafe Sowohl als Auch near the Kulturbrauerei.
Special Projects Coordinator
Dominik is Special Projects Coordinator and as such responsible for summer programs and J-Terms, as well as IT, design and others tasks 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 spent a year studying at Duke University and while there was chosen to direct a student-run production of “Hair” which made him fall in love with musicals. He cannot sing but invites you to come by any time and offer your rendition of “Good Morning Starshine.”
Program Assistant, Operations
Pegah is the Program Assistant, Operations at NYU Berlin and is supporting the Finance and Operations team. Before joining NYU Berlin, she completed a Master’s degree in North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. During her studies, she spent two semesters at Tulane University, New Orleans, and one semester at Université de Paris. Originally from Hamburg, Pegah loves Berlin's vibrant energy, diversity, and cultural possibilities and appreciates the fact that every Kiez has its own unique character. Especially in the summer, Pegah enjoys going to festivals, flea markets, and having a picnic by the Spree or Landwehrkanal. Feel free to approach her for restaurant, concert, and other cultural recommendations.
Global Wellness Counselor
As the onsite Global Wellness Counselor, Sara is responsible for the mental health and wellness needs of students studying at NYU Berlin. Sara offers individual therapy, clinical assessment, crisis intervention, and wellness education. She also assists students in obtaining psychiatric and/or specialty psychological services when needed. Sara holds a BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, a diploma in Psychology from Humboldt University, and a PhD in psychoneuroimmunology from the Charité in Berlin. She is a fully licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. Sara has worked at Berlin's Charité university hospital as Head of Clinical Psychology, in private practice, and for the German Society of Behavioral Therapy. She has also taught psychotherapy for many years. Sara promotes a holistic concept of well-being, with an interest in mind-body connection, and hopes to inspire students to create a lifestyle that truly makes them happy. Outside of work, Sara is passionate about traveling, fashion, and contemporary art.
Program Manager, Student Life
As the Program Manager for Student Life, Fiona works on creating a well-rounded, meaningful study away experience for students at NYU Berlin by balancing administrative support with academic and cultural perspectives. This includes managing student programming like campus events and learning journeys, developing partnerships with local communities and organizations, and overseeing communication with students on all matters related to student services and resources. Fiona holds a Master’s degree in Educational Science from the Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. Having spent a semester abroad in Denmark and overall six years in South Africa, she knows first-hand how impactful learning opportunities abroad can be for students – which is why she is particularly excited to be part of creating them at NYU Berlin.
Coordinator of Student Services
As Coordinator of Student Services, Ngoc-Le provides NYU students with administrative support to ensure a smooth and successful semester in Berlin. Students can approach her with questions related to health matters, immigration, cultural programming or future professional and academic opportunities in Germany. Born and raised in Berlin, she is captivated by the vibrant and diverse communities that shape the city’s landscapes. Ngoc-Le studied North American Studies and Anthropology and brings a wealth of experience from her student exchanges in Olympia, Washington State, and Chicago, Illinois.
Student Life Administrator
The completion of Barbara’s degree in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Bristol jumpstarted her passion for travel and education. She spent two semesters studying at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Germany and Università degli studi di Verona in Italy. Since then, Barbara has worked in the education sector in schools, educational centers and private and public universities across four different countries: the UK, Germany, South Korea and Vietnam. These experiences have broadened Barbara’s understanding of global education and what it means to be a student in today’s diverse world. Primarily growing up in the UK to a German father and Polish mother, Barbara is cherishing living long-term in Germany again and rediscovering all its offerings.
As Student Life Administrator, Barbara is responsible for organizing and coordinating various administrative processes such as City Registration, Humboldt University enrollment, and Residence Permits.
Program Assistant, Student Life
As Program Assistant, Student Life, Carolina’s goal is to make students feel welcome as part of the NYU Berlin community and is happy to assist students with navigating their new home. Carolina hopes their time in Berlin will be an unforgettable experience, as she knows that living abroad is a unique opportunity to expand one’s worldview and be challenged. Born in the US and raised in Mexico in a Dutch-Mexican family, she has a BA from Oregon State University and an MA from Leiden University. Carolina is fascinated by Berlin as a place that reflects on the meaning of diversity and belonging. She appreciates getting to interact with the variety of people, cuisines, and experiences that call Berlin home.
As Resident Assistant, Hannah assists students as they navigate the intricacies of daily life in Berlin. Hannah firmly believes that studying abroad can be an extremely formative and meaningful experience, and immersing yourself in other cultures is a key part of that. She is committed to making the students’ experience in Berlin the best it can be.
Originating from a small town in the southern part of Germany, Hannah spent the last two years of high school in Costa Rica and went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Spanish at Smith College, Massachusetts.
Berlin has always held a special place in Hannah's heart. She loves the great diversity of people and opportunities the city offers and is very excited to keep exploring Berlin while eager to support students in discovering their own sense of belonging in this dynamic city.
GRI Program Assistant
As Program Assistant for the Global Research Initiative, Chigozie acts as the on-site first contact person to visiting faculty and graduate students and provides operational support during the summer dissertation workshops. Additionally, she serves as a local liaison for colloquia and conferences hosted at NYU Berlin. Originally from Essen, Germany, Chigozie attended an international school in Freiburg before moving to the United States. Prior to joining NYU Berlin she completed a B.A. in Philosophy and Linguistics at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She loves to explore new cultures through food and is excited about all the culinary experiences Berlin has to offer.
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