Our TEAM Our Mission

The German Society is a student society run by mostly postgraduate students at Cambridge. It is our mission to break down barriers, connect people and foster international understanding.

MEET THE TEAM

None of our efforts would be possible without the keen dedication and passion of our committee. The German Society is a student-run society with most of the committee members completing postgraduate and PhD degrees in STEM, Medicine, Economics, Achaeology, History and Classics at Cambridge. Each one of us is driven by the prospect of promoting multilateral exchange, breaking down barriers and creating a platform for the mutual exchange of creative ideas.

-President-

Julius Bock

Julius joined the University of Cambridge as a PhD candidate in engineering and a European Scholarship recipient of Kings College. He is passionate about the potential of interdisciplinary problem solving, entrepreneurship and digital technologies to improve people’s daily lives. In his research he focuses on these three aspects, combining business model innovation, digitisation and productivity. Prior to his PhD, Julius earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering as well as a M.Sc. in Management from the Technical University of Munich. Julius enjoys very much to spend time with his family & friends and to explore the world with his backpack – always on the lookout for new opportunities to connect people, overcome social barriers and push technical boundaries.

-President-

Roman Schumacher

Roman joined the University as a PhD Candidate at the Department of Engineering, where he focuses on managing product safety risks and disruptions in supply chains. His research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, Valuechain Ltd. and the R&D Management Association. Prior to his PhD, Roman received a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin and a M.Sc. in Management, Technology and Economics from ETH Zürich. During his studies Roman has become passionate about mountaineering in the Swiss Alps. He is also an active member of the Cambridge University Boxing Club. In his free time, Roman enjoys spending time with his family, friends and he is always keen to get in contact with fellow students in Cambridge.

-Treasurer-

Kilian Bartsch

Kilian, who is German, American and Irish, mainly grew up in French speaking areas of Europe. He is currently studying in his third year for an undergraduate and a masters degree in engineering with a specialisation in aerothermal engineering and sustainable energy systems. He is very interested in the role that technology should play in making our society sustainable enough. Additionally, he really enjoys volleyball and rowing (when injuries permit it), playing the card game Skat and any other activity that is reasonable in these different times.

-Secretary-

Kim Eileen Ruf

Kim Eileen Ruf is a PhD candidate in Archaeology where she conducts research on historic architecture, heritage formation processes, and policy-making. She holds First Class and Honours degrees in Archaeology from Durham and Leiden. Kim has directed excavations all over the world and led international teams in collaboration with local communities. She is passionate about travelling, photography, literature and film, entrepreneurship, and team sports of all kinds.

-Secretary-

Daniel Kottmann

Daniel is a PhD student at the Department of Medicine where he works on understanding how lung cancer develops and tries to identify new therapeutic strategies. He holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Freiburg with an exchange year at the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.Phil. in Translational Biomedical Research from the University of Cambridge. Daniel is interested in medical innovation and new technologies for healthcare. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, and he enjoys swimming and running in his free time. As secretary, he makes sure the society is running smoothly and supports the team in working together.

-Events Officer-

Klara Rehm

Klara is from Wiesbaden and has completed an Undergraduate degree in History and Politics. She is currently working towards her MPhil degree in Modern European History at Homerton College. Having joined the German Society Committee as Membership Officer in 2019, she was excited to organize various social events such as the annual Oktoberfest and Christmas Feast, as well as enriching Cambridge’s party-life with her beloved Techno music. Despite Covid 19’s best efforts to disrupt all social gatherings, she will join in the Committee’s efforts to enable social events to take place within the University’s regulatory framework.

-Events Officer-

Fabian Dreifert

Fabian, who is originally from Wuppertal, is an undergraduate in his second year at the University of Cambridge, where he reads for a B.A. in Human, Social and Political Sciences. In his studies, which are supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, he is particularly interested in the ideas that shape our understanding of democracy. When he is not absorbed in books in the library, Fabian can be found in the Cambridge Union or on the rugby pitches where he plays for Selwyn College. Outside term, he is an enthusiastic mountaineer in the Austrian Alps and the Black Forest.

-Events Officer-

Maximilian Elsen

Max is a PhD candidate at the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge, where his research focuses on sustainable innovation and the environmental impact of organisations. Before coming to Cambridge, Max studied in Germany, China, the United States and the United Kingdom. He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from RWTH Aachen University and further holds Master’s degrees in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University and in Business Analytics from University College London. In his free time, Max enjoys going for a run along the Cam and spending time with friends. He is always happy to connect with fellow students and is excited about the events lined up!

-Events Officer-

Maximilian Georg Exler

Maximilian is a PhD student in Financial Economics at Clare College. His studies focus on portfolio risk management in times of high uncertainty. Prior to his doctorate, he worked as a strategy consultant with a focus on corporate finance advisory for several years. He holds an undergraduate degree in International Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and an MPhil in Real Estate Finance from University of Cambridge. Maximilian is an equestrian and winter sports enthusiast and very much enjoys music, particularly Jazz.

Jos

-IT Officer-

Jos Torge

Jos is an undergraduate computer science student at Trinity College and winner of the German Federal Computer Science Competition (BWINF).
Before he started studying, he attended a boarding school for gifted students in Germany, where he was able to combine his various interests such as playing the piano, music theory, politics, calisthenics and, of course, computer science. In addition to his studies, which are generously supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), he conducts research in the field of machine learning and is involved in various societies. 

-Marketing & Outreach Officer-

Yoshi Eschen

Yoshi grew up in Berlin and currently – when not in Cambridge – lives n Wiesbaden. She is a second year undergraduate in physical natural sciences at Murray Edwards College.

Recently, she is working in a tutoring start-up called Haydee!. To clear her head, Yoshi is a competitive swimmer (Cambridge Blues Team) and enjoys passing on her experience in swimming lessons and training for her club.

-Social Media Officer-

Valerie Steigleder

Valerie is from Heidelberg and joined the University of Cambridge as a Visiting Student for one year. She has previously studied law at Heidelberg University for three years. Her academic specialization is in European Union law. After her year abroad at Cambridge, she will start preparing for her first state examination. In her free-time, Valerie likes to swim and go running. She loves to travel and explore new cities. She looks forward to getting to know you at our upcoming virtual or in person events.

-Social Officer-

Friederike Hesse

Rike is a PhD Student at Cancer Research UK CI (CRUK CI) and her research focuses on molecular imaging to detect and monitor tumour treatment response. She graduated from Medical School in Goettingen, Germany and started her speciality training in clinical radiology. Combining both research and its clinical application is a very exciting opportunity for her.
Apart from her interest in translational research, Rike enjoys rowing on the Cam, running through the parks of Cambridge and can often be found exploring the city and surroundings. As part of the German Society and Graduate Society Committee in CRUK CI she is interested in organising social events and meeting new people.

-Speakers Officer-

Marc Oeller

Marc is a PhD student in Chemistry at the Centre for Misfolding Diseases. The centre is mainly concerned with the biophysical principles underlying diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. He studied Chemistry as an undergraduate at the University in Bonn. Marc co-founded the Young Alliance Against Multiple System Atrophy (www.yamsa.net), a charitable organisation that is conducting research into and working on public awareness of the disease multiple system atrophy, a more severe variant of Parkinson’s Disease. In his pastime Marc plays Volleyball for the University and enjoys going to the movies.

-Speakers Officer-

Jannis Koltermann

Jannis is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Classics, having previously studied in Tübingen and Aix-en-Provence. While his research is on Roman history and literature of the first two centuries AD, he enjoys thinking and reading about a wide range of topics from Renaissance art to existentialist philosophy. In between his Master’s and his PhD, Jannis ventured to look beyond academia and did internships in a consulting firm and a publishing house.

-Sponsorship Officer-

Kaya Dreesbeimdiek

Kaya is a PhD student at the Engineering Department conducting research on resilience analysis of hospital systems. She holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and an Honours Degree in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). Prior to starting her PhD, Kaya received an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management from the University of Cambridge. She is an enthusiastic mountaineer and runner.

-Sponsorship Officer-

Jana Strauß

Jana is currently a visiting researcher at the Institute for Manufacturing where she will also start her PhD in Engineering in October 2021. Prior to this, she will finish her postgraduate in ‘Finance & Information Management’ with a focus on Analytics & Digital Business at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Apart from her main interest in Information Systems research, Jana is passionate about the exploration of ideas and has participated in a number of related activities such as the HILTI Global IT Competition 2019. She loves to explore life in other countries and has also lived in Australia, the USA, and Mexico prior und during her studies. In her spare time, she enjoys to challenge herself in the outdoors by doing endurance sports such as cycling, hiking and wild water kayaking.

 

-Sponsorship Officer-

Damian Molineus

Damian is a first-year undergraduate law student at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Having been born in Bonn, he has lived in Moscow, Kairo, Washington DC, Tbilisi, and now Cambridge. In 2020, he graduated from the German International School Washington DC with a US High School Diploma and a German Abitur.
In Cambridge, Damian is currently also serving as publicity officer for the Cambridge Law Society and playing for both the Peterhouse and University football teams, as well as having participated in several moots.
He is excited to work together with the other sponsorship officers to provide the society with large funding and organize exciting sponsorship social and networking events.

-President-

Julius Bock

Julius joined the University of Cambridge as a PhD candidate in engineering and a European Scholarship recipient of Kings College. He is passionate about the potential of interdisciplinary problem solving, entrepreneurship and digital technologies to improve people’s daily lives. In his research he focuses on these three aspects, combining business model innovation, digitisation and productivity. Prior to his PhD, Julius earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering as well as a M.Sc. in Management from the Technical University of Munich. Julius enjoys very much to spend time with his family & friends and to explore the world with his backpack – always on the lookout for new opportunities to connect people, overcome social barriers and push technical boundaries.

-President-

Roman Schumacher

Roman joined the University as a PhD Candidate at the Department of Engineering, where he focuses on managing product safety risks and disruptions in supply chains. His research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, Valuechain Ltd. and the R&D Management Association. Prior to his PhD, Roman received a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin and a M.Sc. in Management, Technology and Economics from ETH Zürich. During his studies Roman has become passionate about mountaineering in the Swiss Alps. He is also an active member of the Cambridge University Boxing Club. In his free time, Roman enjoys spending time with his family, friends and he is always keen to get in contact with fellow students in Cambridge.

-Events Officer-

Klara Rehm

Klara is from Wiesbaden and has completed an Undergraduate degree in History and Politics. She is currently working towards her MPhil degree in Modern European History at Homerton College. Having joined the German Society Committee as Membership Officer in 2019, she was excited to organize various social events such as the annual Oktoberfest and Christmas Feast, as well as enriching Cambridge’s party-life with her beloved Techno music. Despite Covid 19’s best efforts to disrupt all social gatherings, she will join in the Committee’s efforts to enable social events to take place within the University’s regulatory framework.

-Treasurer-

Kilian Bartsch

Kilian, who is German, American and Irish, mainly grew up in French speaking areas of Europe. He is currently studying in his third year for an undergraduate and a masters degree in engineering with a specialisation in aerothermal engineering and sustainable energy systems. He is very interested in the role that technology should play in making our society sustainable enough. Additionally, he really enjoys volleyball and rowing (when injuries permit it), playing the card game Skat and any other activity that is reasonable in these different times.

-Social Officer-

Friederike Hesse

Rike is a PhD Student at Cancer Research UK CI (CRUK CI) and her research focuses on molecular imaging to detect and monitor tumour treatment response. She graduated from Medical School in Goettingen, Germany and started her speciality training in clinical radiology. Combining both research and its clinical application is a very exciting opportunity for her.
Apart from her interest in translational research, Rike enjoys rowing on the Cam, running through the parks of Cambridge and can often be found exploring the city and surroundings. As part of the German Society and Graduate Society Committee in CRUK CI she is interested in organising social events and meeting new people.

-Secretary-

Kim Eileen Ruf

Kim Eileen Ruf is a PhD candidate in Archaeology where she conducts research on historic architecture, heritage formation processes, and policy-making. She holds First Class and Honours degrees in Archaeology from Durham and Leiden. Kim has directed excavations all over the world and led international teams in collaboration with local communities. She is passionate about travelling, photography, literature and film, entrepreneurship, and team sports of all kinds.

-Social Media Officer-

Valerie Steigleder

Valerie is from Heidelberg and joined the University of Cambridge as a Visiting Student for one year. She has previously studied law at Heidelberg University for three years. Her academic specialization is in European Union law. After her year abroad at Cambridge, she will start preparing for her first state examination. In her free-time, Valerie likes to swim and go running. She loves to travel and explore new cities. She looks forward to getting to know you at our upcoming virtual or in person events.

-IT Officer-

Vincent Stimper

Vincent is a PhD student at the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge, where he is working on the application of Machine Learning to the Natural Sciences, among other topics. He is a fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence network ELLIS and his PhD is generously funded by Amazon. Outside the lab, endurance sports such as running, cycling, and rowing, is Vincents biggest passion besides cooking and reading.

-Sponsorship Officer-

Kaya Dreesbeimdiek

Kaya is a PhD student at the Engineering Department conducting research on resilience analysis of hospital systems. She holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and an Honours Degree in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). Prior to starting her PhD, Kaya received an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management from the University of Cambridge. She is an enthusiastic mountaineer and runner.

-Sponsorship Officer-

Kajetan Zundl

Kajetan is a second-year undergraduate economics student at Trinity College. Although German, he actually grew up in Portugal where he attended a German school abroad and particularly enjoyed playing Golf and music. At university Kajetan developed a keen interest for organising university societies and is also part of the committees of MFC Equity Cambridge and the Marshall Society. He looks forward to meeting you at one of our events.

-Speakers Officer-

Marc Oeller

Marc is a PhD student in Chemistry at the Centre for Misfolding Diseases. The centre is mainly concerned with the biophysical principles underlying diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. He studied Chemistry as an undergraduate at the University in Bonn. Marc co-founded the Young Alliance Against Multiple System Atrophy (www.yamsa.net), a charitable organisation that is conducting research into and working on public awareness of the disease multiple system atrophy, a more severe variant of Parkinson’s Disease. In his pastime Marc plays Volleyball for the University and enjoys going to the movies.

-Speakers Officer-

Jannis Koltermann

Jannis is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Classics, having previously studied in Tübingen and Aix-en-Provence. While his research is on Roman history and literature of the first two centuries AD, he enjoys thinking and reading about a wide range of topics from Renaissance art to existentialist philosophy. In between his Master’s and his PhD, Jannis ventured to look beyond academia and did internships in a consulting firm and a publishing house.

-President-

Julius Bock

Julius joined the university as a PhD candidate in engineering and a European/ESRC scholarship fellow of Kings College. He is passionate about the potential of interdisciplinary problem solving, en-trepreneurship and digital technologies to improve people’s daily lives. In his research he combines these three aspects, focusing in particular on business model innovation, digitisation and productivity. Prior to his PhD, Julius earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Management from the Technical University of Munich with research assignments at Stanford and Cam-bridge. In his spare time, Julius enjoys spending time with his family and friends, but also likes to explore the world with his backpack – always on the lookout for new opportunities to connect people, overcome social barriers and push technical boundaries.

 

-President-

Roman Schumacher

Roman joined the University as a PhD Candidate at the Department of Engineering, where he focuses on managing product safety risks and disruptions in supply chains. His research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council. Prior to his PhD, Roman received a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Berlin Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. in Management, Technology and Economics from ETH Zürich. During his master’s studies Roman has become passionate about mountaineering in the Swiss Alps. In Cambridge, you will find Roman on the Tennis Court. He is also an active member of the Cambridge Un-iversity Boxing Club. In his free time, Roman enjoys spending time with his family, friends and he is always keen to get in contact with fellow students in Cambridge.

 

 

-Treasurer-

Dominik Kloepfer

Dominik studied Natural Sciences (Physics) for his undergraduate degree and Applied Mathematics for his Master. He joined the German Society in his second year, and has very much enjoyed the many interesting and high-profile speakers as well as the social events organised. For Dominik, being part of the committee as treasurer for more than two years now is a very rewarding way to help run the society, allowing many future students to enjoy its activities.

-Events Officer-

Klara Rehm

Klara is from Wiesbaden and has completed an Undergraduate degree in History and Politics. She is currently working towards her MPhil degree in Modern European History at Homerton College.
Having joined the German Society Committee as Membership Officer in 2019, she was excited to organize various social events such as the annual Oktoberfest and Christmas Feast, as well as enriching Cambridge’s party-life with her beloved Techno music. Despite Covid 19’s best efforts to disrupt all social gatherings, she will join in the Committee’s efforts to enable social events to take place within the University’s regulatory framework.

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Rike Hesse

-Speakers Officer-

Marc Oeller

Marc is a PhD student in Chemistry at the Centre for Misfolding Diseases. The centre is mainly concerned with the biophysical principles underlying diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. He studied Chemistry as an undergraduate at the University in Bonn. Marc co-founded the Young Alliance Against Multiple System Atrophy (www.yamsa.net), a charitable organisation that is conducting research into and working on public awareness of the disease multiple system atrophy, a more severe variant of Parkinson’s Disease. In his pastime Marc plays Volleyball for the University and enjoys going to the movies.

 

 

-Speakers Officer-

Jannis Koltermann

Jannis is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Classics, having previously studied in Tübingen and Aix-en-Provence. While his research is on Roman history and literature of the first two centuries AD, he enjoys thinking and reading about a wide range of topics from Renaissance art to existentialist philosophy. In between his Master’s and his PhD, Jannis ventured to look beyond academia and did internships in a consulting firm and a publishing house.

-Secretary-

Kim Eileen Ruf

Kim Eileen Ruf is a PhD candidate in Archaeology where she conducts research on historic architecture, heritage formation processes, and policy-making. She holds First Class and Honours degrees in Archaeology from Durham and Leiden. Kim has directed excavations all over the world and led international teams in collaboration with local communities. She is passionate about travelling, photography, literature and film, entrepreneurship, and team sports of all kinds.

-Social Officer-

Rike Hesse

Rike is a PhD Student at Cancer Research UK CI (CRUK CI) and her research focuses on molecular imaging to detect and monitor tumour treatment response. She graduated from Medical School in Goettingen, Germany and started her speciality training in clinical radiology. Combining both research and its clinical application is a very exciting opportunity for her.

Apart from her interest in translational research, Rike enjoys rowing on the Cam, running through the parks of Cambridge and can often be found exploring the city and surroundings. As part of the German Society and Graduate Society Committee in CRUK CI she is interested in organising social events and meeting new people.

– JOIN THE TEAM–

APPLY FOR COMMITTE POSITIONS

The German Society offers a wide range of opportunities to become involved in many areas and to get to know prominent figures from politics, business and culture.  Take the opportunity to expand your network and extracurricular experience in a dynamic team! We advertise vacancies on our facebook page, but you can also send an unsolicited application for one of our committee positions. We are looking forward to see you on our AGM.