Amaya Carcélen, BA
Front Desk Manager
Amaya Carcelén comes from Spain, where she studied Translation and Interpretation at the University of Granada. For several years she worked in customer service and sales departments in Spanish private companies. After moving to Berlin, she worked in positions as Front Desk Officer, Rooms Division Manager, Hotel Manager Assistant and Hotel Management. She speaks Spanish, English, German, a bit of Greek and is currently learning a fifth language. At Berlin International she is our primary greeter for students, university staff and visitors. She coordinates the tasks of the Front Office, participates in many organizational tasks, works together with our students, visitors, academic and management personal and is one of our first aid agents.
Student Affairs Specialist
As Student Affairs Specialist, Stefanie Pradel is the first contact person for prospective students and looks after admissions to the administration as well as the marketing side. She also assists the Student Affairs Manager in matters relating to current students. After completing a level, Stefanie completed an apprenticeship as a specialist in the hotel industry and gained international experience at hotel reception in Germany and England over the following 9 years. In 2017 she refocused and completed a diploma in Learning & Development and went on to work in HR & Training departments of luxury hotels.
Student Affairs Specialist
Originally from Canada, Chantal has recently relocated to Berlin after spending the past eight years living and working in the United Kindgom. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Art History from the University of Saskatchewan, and went on to work for arts organisations, including the Liverpool Biennial, Whitworth Art Gallery, and the human rights research agency, Forensic Architecture. In the Higher Education sector, Chantal brings to the Berlin International team experience gained in admissions at different UK universities, most recently at SOAS, University of London, and the University of Cambridge.
Student Affairs Specialist
David Harris was born in the USA and raised in Germany and Canada. After studying Philosophy at Queen's University, he enjoyed a career in sales, marketing, and customer service, working primarily for medium-sized, international companies with a focus on web-based business. During this time, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Conestoga College as well as at Seneca College. In 2018, David decided to return to Germany and take a new position in his career, which led to his acceptance of the position of Student Affairs Manager at the Berlin International University of Applied Sciences.
Humayun Javed, M. Sc.
Digital Marketing Expert
Humayun Javed born in Pakistan 1993 earned his academic degree (M.Sc. Economics) specialization in "Innovation and Change" from Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He is responsible for Digital Marketing at Berlin International University of Applied Sciences. His wide experience in Digital Marketing includes SEO / SEM, Website Optimization, Social Media Marketing and Marketing Automation.
Izabela Ahmad, Mag., MA
Global Sales & Marketing Manager
Izabela Ahmad is a senior professional, looking back at almost 15 years’ experience in the strategic and operational areas of Marketing, Sales, PR and Brand Management across all digital and offline channels. Izabela joined Berlin International as Global Sales & Marketing Manager to further develop the German as well as the international markets.
Prior to that, Izabela has been working as Marketing Manager at GISMA Business School and before that, for almost 7 years, as Director Marketing & Communications at Berlin University for Professional Studies, now part of the Steinbeis Network. Izabela holds a Master´s degree in German Literature and Linguistics from the University of Warsaw and a Master of Arts majoring in Economics, Law & Politics from the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Izabela loves Berlin with its multi-cultural flair, as well as its extensive start-up scene. She is a truly international player, speaking six languages and having lived in seven countries on three continents. She loves traveling, exploring different cultures, meeting up with locals and is currently learning Turkish.
Tim David Kremser, MA
Academic Coordinator / Exchange Office
Tim David Kremser was born in Berlin and studied at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Nottingham (UK). He earned a Master of Arts degree in regional studies on North America, as well as in Political Science, and Sociology - with a focus on history and politics in Canada.
Tim Kremser worked in administrative and teaching positions at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Toronto (European Office / UofT Scarborough). Before joining Berlin International University of Applied Sciences, he was Academic & Administrative Coordinator of the newly established Bahcesehir University Berlin Campus and headed the administration of the campus' management company from 2012 to 2014. Among other institutions, he has also worked for the German Historical Museum ( DHM) and the Allied Museum in Berlin. As coordinator / chairman in multiple non-profit institutions (support associations, non-profit limited liabilty company) he has also gained professional experience in the charitable sector. He was part of the team that founded and set up Berlin International for its launch and government operating license in 2014.
At Berlin International University of Applied Sciences, Tim Kremser coordinates the planning, administering and documentation of teaching and examinations in conjunction with the two faculties. In addition, he is responsible for student exchange at Berlin International. During the 2017-18 Academic Year, he set up the central examination office at Berlin International. During the foundational phase of Berlin International from 2014 to 2017, he established the areas of student exchange, summer programs, and General Vocational Preparation (GVP / ABV). As part of his responsibilities, he currently also coordinates the GVP study area, which provides the students of both faculties with work-related skills for their future careers.
Silja Hillmann, Dipl.-Des.
In her role as Academic Administrator for the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Silja Hillmann is the first point of contact for teaching staff and students with teaching-related questions. She works closely with the dean. Silja is a trained graphic designer and practised her craft in the United States for seven years, serving clients from higher education and culture. After her return to her native Germany, she worked at the local site of a private American university as Art Studio Monitor and later as Academic Program Assistant. At the same time, she established her own graphic design practice.
In her role as Academic Administrator for the Faculty of Business, Sydney Ramirez is the first point of contact for teaching staff and students with teaching-related questions. She works closely with the dean. She is originally from the United States and has studied German, Turkish, Spanish and Russian. She recently graduated from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin with a Master’s degree in history.
Renata Podbiol-Gassal grew up in Poland, where she graduated with a degree in ethnology from Wroclaw University. After moving to Berlin, she successfully completed a commercial training and worked for various companies, including Kunstwelt e.V., Journalists' Association Berlin-Brandenburg, and Reporters Without Borders. In parallel, she set up her own business as an accountant and has been managing the accounts of companies with an international profile for many years.
At Berlin International, she is responsible for the accounting and recording of all business transactions.
Susanna Bartsch was born in São Paulo where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree in History and Geography. She was a teacher at public schools in her hometown before coming to Berlin. At the Humboldt University Berlin, she studied German Linguistics and French and, after having earned her Master degree, she worked at the Centre for General Linguistics in Berlin, doing research in first language acquisition. Also in Berlin, Susanna trained as a Specialist in Media and Information Services. Her previous experience in the area of library and information services includes employments at the Humboldt University Library, the library of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Archives of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, and the library of the German Institute of Human Rights.