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, like the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials or the Innovation Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.
Valeska supports the management in the further development of the organization and corporate culture of Humboldt-Innovation. In addition, Valeska is responsible for the areas of compliance, data protection and export control. Valeska studied business and tax law and has many years of professional experience in management and compliance consulting.
Sandra Karutz has many years of project experience in the creative industries. She is responsible for office management and provides support in the areas of IT management, data protection and workplace security.
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.
Jana Bolte leads and is responsible for finance. With her many years of professional experience, the business economist ensures cost and performance transparency for HI.
Daniela Rings (Dipl.-Kffr./MScBM) advises professors and scientists on screening and classification of new ideas and supports the analysis and utilization of existing innovative potential. She has several years of professional experience in the areas of business analysis and business development.
Jan Eggert has several years of professional experience in international higher education and research management also in managerial position at a private business school. He is responsible for consulting and supporting researchers interested in knowledge and technology transfer at HU.
Thomas Wagner (Dipl. Betriebswirt) has several years of professional experience in supporting entrepreneurs. He is responsible for consulting and supporting start-up projects at HU.
Sebastian Adolphy (Dipl.-Ing.) is responsible for teaching and further education. With his many years of experience as a lecturer, scientist, and management consultant on topics of product development, he brings students and researchers at the HU closer to business model development and company foundation.
Christina Stehr (M.A. in European Ethnology) established the „Humboldts Wagniswerkstätten“ further training programme at HU. As part of Innovation Management, she is an expert in methods of innovation development, user-centred design and business model development and passes these on to internal and external groups in workshops and currently takes over the provisional management of the Humboldt Startupservice.
Franka Ismer (M.A. Social and Business Communication) is responsible for the area of academic continuing education. As a trainer and organizational developer, she brings many years of experience in the conception and marketing of continuing education.
Laura Kessler (M.Sc. Food Technology, M.Sc. Organic Agriculture & Food Systems) is the contact person for research and startups in the field of artificial intelligence. Using her experience in digital value creation and innovation management, she elicits future potential and helps to expand the network in the field of AI.
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-centered development of business models and her enthusiasm for the Berlin startup scene, she provides methodical and practical support to those interested in founding a company at HU.
Diana Matz, graduate economist, advises all those interested in founding the HU on their start-up 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
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.
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.
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.
Karl Avila Archbold
Karl Avila Archbold is Social Media Manager and oversees the communication channels of Humboldt-Innovation. As a marketing all-rounder, he previously worked for full-service agencies in Berlin and Brandenburg, where he managed the external presence and communication of companies from various industries.
Madlen Holz supports the marketing team as a graphic designer. Madlen studied communication design with a focus on video and graphic design at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig. The last few years she worked as a freelance designer for two publishers, where she helped design the magazines and marketing materials as part of the team.
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 Humboldt Store and the shop at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
Nikolas Blischke has been managing the HI event service since the beginning of 2022. He has many years of experience in the organization and implementation of events of all formats and has an excellent network in the event industry.
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.
Rosa Catapano is a qualified assistant tax consultant. With her many years of experience in the financial sector of various corporate sectors and agencies, she is now responsible for the accounts payable and accounts receivable of our research projects.
Matthias Rademacher studied media management and brings a lot of experience in the area of finance from various companies and projects. He is mainly responsible for the accounting of the Humboldt Store, the shop in the Natural History Museum, the consulting projects and the startupservice of HI.
Dinh Güsmar is a trained retail saleswoman, has many years of experience in banking and finance. At the beginning of 2020 she worked in the areas of financial accounting, controlling as well as payroll accounting in various corporate sectors. At HI, she is responsible for bank accounts, accounts payable and accounts receivable for our continuing education division, Humboldt Store as well as various projects.
Chau and Pauline are responsible for office management at Humboldt-Innovation. They take care of all general enquiries, IT management as well as recruiting. Chau is currently studying chemical engineering and can speak Vietnamese, English and German. Pauline is currently studying North American Studies and can speak German, English, French and Spanish.