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

Brisch, Benedikt 


Benedikt Brisch took over the position of Director of the DWIH New York as well as Director of the DAAD Regional Office New York in January 2019. After graduating with a Master’s degree in History, Slavic Languages and Political Science at the University of Cologne, he started working at DAAD in Bonn. Beginning in 1998 he coordinated a scholarship program for Russian graduates, which was funded by German industry.

During his time as Deputy Director of the DAAD Regional Office in Moscow from 2000 to 2004 a main topic of his work was the development of co-funded scholarship programs. From 2005 until 2014 he was responsible for programs of academic exchange between Germany, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where DAAD is fostering a growing number of projects in the field of trans-national education. From 2015 until his departure for New York City he was the head of the Division for Scholarships in Europe and North America at DAAD in Bonn.


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.