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Learn more about the people behind DWIH New York and the work that helps us achieve our mission.  

Brisch, Benedikt 


In addition to his role as Director of the DWIH New York, Benedikt Brisch will serve as Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) North America. Brisch will begin his roles in both capacities beginning in January 2019.

Through the end of December 2018, interested parties should refer to Program Manager Gerrit Roessler.


Roessler, Dr. Gerrit K. 
Program Manager


Dr. Gerrit K. Roessler is the Program Manager of the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH). He manages the center’s day-to-day operations and supports the executive director in its strategic development. He is also responsible for growing the center’s vast network and membership base and for raising awareness of its activities in the science and innovation community.

Prior to his time at the DWIH he served as director of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in New York City from 2012 to 2017. GAIN is a joint initiative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He designed and organized events, workshops and training opportunities to aid German researchers in North America with their professional development. He has given numerous talks and published essays on building and maintaining international networks and support structures for mobile researchers in various journals in Germany and abroad.

Gerrit received his Ph.D. in German literature and culture from the University of Virginia in 2013 and an Erstes Staatsexamen in music and English from the University of Dortmund, Germany in 2007. From 2011 to 2012 he worked as Assistant Adjunct Professor at Queens College, CUNY.


Oellrich, Nadja 
Program Officer


Nadja Oellrich is the program officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH). Her responsibilities consist of event management and general office administration.

Prior to joining the DWIH, Nadja worked as a program coordinator at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany for a one-year-long study program. There, she gained experience and skills in managing academic study programs, institutional partnerships, and events, as well as marketing and student counseling.

Nadja holds an M.S. in Neuroscience from an Erasmus Mundus program (dual degree from Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands, and University of Coimbra, Portugal) and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She gained experience in social neuroscience as a research assistant in Lisbon, Portugal.


Johnson, Jarred 
Communications Officer


Jarred Johnson is the Communications Officer at the German Center for Research and Innovation. He is responsible for marketing and outreach including the DWIH’s monthly newsletter, their website and social media presence. Previously Jarred was a Communications Officer at the German Consulate General Chicago.

Jarred holds a B.A. in English literature and German from Western Kentucky University. Following graduation Jarred spent a year in Saarbruecken, Germany where he served as a Fulbright Program English-teaching Assistant in two college-preparatory high schools. Aside from communications his primary interests are creative writing and the economic transition of former industrial economies, namely in his home in Appalachia.


Krueger, Louisa 
Communications and Program Intern


Louisa Krüger’s responsibilities at the DWIH range from researching and drafting content for the various DWIH communication channels to event management and administrative tasks. Louisa is of German-Nigerian heritage and was born and raised in Düsseldorf, Germany. Upon graduating from high school in 2013, she lived in Mexico City for three months, working as a caregiver for a local family while studying Spanish. She has also spent time previously living in the United States on a year-long college basketball scholarship. Most recently Louisa lived in Melbourne, Australia for a year-long international study exchange. During this time she was also able to gain professional experience as a Social Media Manager for an internationally-renowned Italian restaurant chain in Australia, guiding the company’s Instagram and Facebook strategy. Upon completion of this current internship in New York City, Louisa looks forward to entering the final semester of her International Business degree at TH Köln.