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

Dr. Roland Pietsch

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 on maritime and youth history. Roland is a born Berliner and good local history source for NYU students.

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Linn Friedrichs

Assistant Director, Student Life and Community Learning
NYU Berlin Faculty


Linn works at the intersection of administrative leadership, undergraduate teaching, and research on globalizing higher education. As NYU Berlin’s Assistant Director for Student Life and Community Learning, she oversees all areas of student services, health and safety, extra-curricular programming, community engagement, and professional development/leadership education. She has been a member of NYU Berlin’s Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, and Equity (IDBE) Council since its founding in 2017 and teaches a course on “Experiential Learning,” which integrates student learning with the work of local organizations in the fields of climate research, refugee support, communication, and the arts. She received her Ph.D. from Free University Berlin with a dissertation on global curriculum development.

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Franziska Battenberg

Finance and Administration Manager


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.

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Denise Uhl

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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Dominik Fungipani

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.”

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Ngoc-Le Nguyen

Coordinator of Student Services


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.

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Julia Rogers-Krull

Coordinator of Academic Services


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.

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Anne Strauß

GRI & Student Life Coordinator


In her role as GRI & Student Life Coordinator, Anne makes sure to support NYU Berlin research fellows and students with all required administrative formalities. She oversees the city registration process and helps in all matters related to visa application and city registration after arrival. 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.

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Anne-Kathrin Fuenfhausen

Finance & HR Coordinator


As Finance and HR Coordinator, Anne-Kathrin oversees all matters related to Finances and Human Resources. Before joining NYU Berlin, Anne-Kathrin received a Bachelors and Master’s degree in International Management, studying and working in the USA, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal before coming to Berlin in 2014. She values Berlin for its rich history, diversity and cultural offerings. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, yoga and Sunday strolls at one of the Berlin markets.

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Selin Göcmen-Enslin

Operations and Studio Coordinator


As Operations & Studio Coordinator, 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, which includes coordinating and supervising pandemic-related regulations. 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.

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Niklas Rehn

Resident Assistant


As Resident Assistant, Niklas is the first point of contact for students living in the Student Residence. He is dedicated to making students' stay in their new home as smooth and enjoyable as possible, facilitating a healthy and supportive atmosphere while helping them discover the city. Before joining NYU Berlin, Niklas received a Bachelor in Instrumental Performance from NYU and a Master in Music Performance from Indiana University. He is interested in all things music and loves to hear about new ideas, performances or other developments in the music industry. Born in Hamburg and raised bilingually, Niklas is highly interested in discussing bi- and multilingual identity and its impact on cultural perception. 

Matthew McClure

New York Site Representative