Volker Hofmann manages the company since 2014. Prior to that he was responsible for the startupservice of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and has worked for an Asian-based consultancy. The Berlin-born alumnus of the university holds a degree in business administration and serves in several boards.
Chau is responsible for office management at Humboldt-Innovation. She takes care of all general inquiries, IT management as well as recruiting. Chau is currently studying chemical engineering and speaks Vietnamese, English and German.
Gamze is responsible for office management at Humboldt-Innovation. She takes care of all general inquiries, IT management as well as recruiting. Gamze is studying industrial engineering and speaks Turkish, English and German.
Christine Kapps is responsible for the legal execution and contractual design of research and industry-based projects, as well as managing human ressources. She draws on a wealth of perennial professional experience as syndic in a tax accountancy and auditing firm.
Jens Fenzau, LL.M.Eur., is responsible for the legal execution and contractual design of research and industry-based projects, as well as managing other legal issues. He draws on a wealth of perennial professional experience as attorney-at-law among others within the field of contract law.
Thomas Wagner (Diplom-Betriebswirt) has several years of professional experience in supporting entrepreneurs. He is responsible for consulting and supporting start-up projects at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Katja Brunner is the project coordinator for the Berlin Startup Grant and has represented the project since its start in 2016. She is the contact person and central contact point for the founders and project partners, responsible for the coordination of qualification, marketing and events and makes sure that the whole project runs smoothly.
Katharina Heinrich (M.A. Media Management) worked as an innovation consultant and business designer before joining the Startupservice at Humboldt-Universität. With the help of her practical experience in the user-centred development of business models and her enthusiasm for the Berlin start-up scene, she provides methodical and practical support to those interested in founding a company at HU.
Charlotte Sigel (M. Sc. Industrial Engineer) works for us in the Science & Startups network and as project coordinator of the Berlin Startup Scholarship Health. She is our link between the Senate, founders and project partners and draws on her experience in project management in the public sector and her focus on sustainable innovation.
Diana Matz, graduate economist, advises all those interested in founding the HU on their startup projects and is the contact person for the EXIST program. As a sparring partner, she supports founders in the development of their ideas and contributes her many years of experience in startup consulting
Nikolas Blischke has been managing the HI Event Service since the beginning of 2022. He has many years of experience in the organisation and implementation of events of all formats and has an excellent network in the event industry.
Sandra Karutz has many years of project experience in the creative industries. She is responsible for event management and provides support in the areas of planning, organisation and implementation of events.
Alec Helm (M.A. Philosophy) has many years of experience in planning and implementing a wide variety of events and supports the event service team.
Christina Stehr (M.A. in European Ethnology) established the „Humboldts Wagniswerkstätten“ continuing education program at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The expert for methods of innovation development, user-centered design and business model development is responsible for the scientific advanced trainings under the umbrella of the Humboldt-Akademie.
Sebastian Kiss studied media cultural studies and media management in Cologne. He supports the team with his several years of experience in the field of innovation-related services. His tasks include raising awareness for and promoting knowledge and technology transfer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
André Nikolski (M.Sc. Economis and Management) has been working with founders and startups for more than 10 years. With his experience in building coworking spaces and accelerators, he supports various strategic projects to expand our locations and our offering for startups in Berlin.
Carina Braselmann holds a degree in german literature and cultural studies. Since many years she has been working as a specialist for international marketing and business development. She is in authority for marketing and the development of strategic partnerships within knowledge and technology transfer.
Sophie Wilhelm is studying for a master's degree in sociology and is part of the marketing team as a student trainee. She has several years of experience in PR and supports the Innovation Marketing in internal and external communication.
Friederike Laun (M.A. Intercultural Communication) has diverse experience in project and event management as well as marketing and PR. Through her previous activities she has profound knowledge of the academic start-up scene. She is responsible for the strategy, the development and the support of the HU-Alumni-Startup-Network.
Silvia Friedrich has a degree in business administration and commercial training. She has been working in online marketing and e-commerce since 2013 and is supporting the Innovation Marketin in content management for social media and the company website.
Madlen Holz is a qualified designer (Dipl.-Des.) with many years of wide-ranging professional experience from a variety of companies such as media agencies, publishing houses, e-commerce and the film industry. She supports the Innovation Marketing in the conception and design of print, web and moving image media.
Franziska Olhorn is a trained graphic designer and has been working for cultural and art projects in Berlin for ten years. Since 2011, she has been responsible for the design of all Humboldt-Innovation's business units as well as the HumboldtStore and the shop at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. And she has been managing the HumboldtStore since 2022.
Heike Vogelsang was self-employed for many years as a merchant in retail. She has already designed, built and maintained several webshops. Her focus is on the online shop management, customer care, marketing ideas, online marketing, assortment care, purchasing and sales.
Jana Bolte leads and is responsible for finance. With her many years of professional experience, the business economist ensures cost and performance transparency for Humboldt-Innovation.
Nicole Kossatz, is a graduate in business administration (FH) with many years of professional experience in finance and accounting from various companies. She enjoys taking care of the accounting for HI's research and K.I.E.Z. projects, among others.
Melano Beier successfully completed her training in a tax office and learned the profession of a tax clerk. She is responsible for the internal accounting of HI and for the accounting of various projects of the store in the Natural History Museum, the consulting projects, the continuing education courses and the Startupservice of HI.
Manina Nathan holds a degree in finance with experience in auditing and tax consulting firms and in the accounting department of several companies, mostly in the education and research sector. In addition to HI's internal accounting, her main focus is on the HumboldtStore and the event area.