Board

The board is composed of 9 members and 3 advisors. The board acts as a bridge between the university, alumni and our community to facilitate networking and influence in the decision making process at Jacobs.

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Stefan Rustler

Stefan Rustler (’12) has been on the Alumni Board since 2014. After his roles as Head Organizer of the annual Homecomings and Vice-President, he took up the role as President in 2019.

Stefan graduated from Jacobs with a BSc in Physics and finished his MSc in Physics at ETH Zurich. Currently, he is working for Accenture in Zurich as management consultant in the field of Analytics and Digital Transformation. He is also the founder of the Thailand-based "Data Science Beach Camp", an affordable bootcamp format to teach advanced digital skills.

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Stefan Kuzmanovski

Stefan Kuzmanovski ('14) is a technical program manager at Tesla in Palo Alto, California. Prior to joining Tesla he earned his Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At Jacobs University he pursued a dual degree in Earth and Space Sciences and Integrated Environmental Studies.

He was involved with the Environmental Club and was a Student Assistant in the Nordmetall College Office for 2 years. Stefan is excited to help develop and grow the Alumni Association as well as provide value to the Association’s members worldwide.

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Muhammad Azka

Muhammad Azka ('19) is a product, supply-demand manager in Zalando SE, where he is managing partners and brands in an affiliate marketplace business model in Europe's largest fashion platform.

He graduated in 2019 with a BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management, representing the class as an undergraduate speaker. Prior to joining Zalando, he is involved a lot in the startup community such as JSC, Bremen Startups, and have tried founding different ventures. While currently building his new venture, Azka is committed to strengthen the alumni community, as he believed the community can achieve symbiotic benefits while leveraging the network, expertise, and knowledge of every individuals.

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Leonhard Kuboschek

Leo ('17) is a technical consultant at DXC in Zürich, Switzerland.

When he's not writing enterprise-grade software, you'll find him on his road bike chasing KOMs on Strava. While studying Computer Science at Jacobs, he was a member of the Rowing Team, Head of IT for the Undergraduate Student Government, as well as being team lead for the Stage, Light and Sound group of Campus Life. As the treasurer, he has automated issuing donation receipts and will continue to work on establishing an alumni fund.

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Nouria Jantz-Naeem

Nouria ('18) is currently studying her M.Sc. in medical and clinical Immunology in Magdeburg. At Jacobs University she graduated with a B.Sc. in Earth and Environmental Sciences and was involved in various student clubs and organizations and acted as the President of the Undergraduate Student Government.

Nouria has now taken over the role of Assessor for Fundraising and is excited about working hard on exploring long-term and sustainable fundraising and financing avenues for the Association!

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Tom Wiesing

Tom ('15, '17) currently pursues a PhD in Computer Science as part of the KWARC research group in Erlangen, Germany.

He graduated from Jacobs with a BSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics in 2015. He also received an MSc at Jacobs as part of the first class of Data Engineering in 2017. During his time at Jacobs, he was president of the GSA in the 2016 - 2017 academic year. As Assessor for Information Technology, he will focus on coding and supporting all IT systems of the Alumni, supported by a team of volunteer coders.

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Marie-Chantal Lages

Marie ('19) is working for Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH in Hamburg. She graduated from Jacobs with a BA in International Politics and History and did her study abroad at the University of Edinburgh in her fifth semester.

At Jacobs, she was member of the Academic Affairs Committee, an active member of the Refugee Support Club, the student representative at the Quality Management Committee, and Head of the Participants Management Committee of the Jacobs Startup Competition 2018. She loved to be part of Krupp throughout her entire Jacobs time but her favourite place - by far - had been the Coffee Bar at the IRC. As Assessor for Member Management, she is looking for ways to make the association attractive for old and new alumni and giving back to the university by being an active part of the Jacobs Alumni Board and engaging with other alumni.

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Raju Gurung

Raju ('14) comes from the Himalayas of Nepal, and has been a steward of Jacobs spirit fostering many collaborations among alumni and Jacobs students. With his newly established board role, he wishes to unleash the potential of Jacobs network.

After Bachelors in Biology & Neuroscience at Jacobs, he did a Masters in Business Administration & Bio-entrepreneurship in Copenhagen. In the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, he co-founded social impact venture PlanetLocal and started a boutique brand IKIGAAI to empower small independent artisans and brands. Since 2017, he also consults and advises leading biotech and foodtech companies like Chr. Hansen to create resilient futures and to drive impactful innovation through biology. When he's not working, he meditates, explores art, cuisine & culture, does photography, engages in philanthropy & coaches entrepreneurs & students to design purposeful lives.

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Albena Bogoeva

Albena ('14) is joining the Alumni Board to strengthen its public presence in the community and support its communication efforts to motivate more people to be active members and uphold the Jacobs spirit.

After graduating from Jacobs with a BSc in Information Management and Systems in 2014, she finished her MSc in Business Informatics at the University of Mannheim. At Jacobs, she coordinated the Rotaract Club, was a member of the Stage, Light, Sound Crew, a proud Pulse Express employee and passionate C3 resident. She is currently working as a management consultant in Mannheim, helping customers succeed in their digital transformations in the area of procurement.

Associate Advisors to the Board

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Dr. Christian Jacobs

Johann Christian Jacobs is the oldest son of entrepreneur and Jacobs University’s name patron Klaus J. Jacobs and has led Jacobs Foundation involvment in Jacobs University ever since the commitment of Jacobs Foundation of 200 million euros in 2006.

After growing up in Bremen, he is now a lawyer and entrepreneur based in Hamburg as managing partner of Joh. Jacobs & Co. (AG & Co.) KG, a company having become known for successful investments in companies such as Infront Sports & Media, CeWe Color Holding AG and Hemro AG.

Since 2001 he took over various positions within the Jacobs family group, from 2001 – 2004 as Chairman of Jacobs Holding, being the investment company invested in Barry Callebaut AG, Adecco S.A. and Infront Sports & Media, and from 2004 – 2015 as Chairman of the Jacobs Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in Europe, based in Zurich (Switzerland). He became its Honorary Chairman in 2015.

Besides his vice chairmanship on the Board of Governors of Jacobs University Bremen, he is also a board member of the German Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank for German foreign policy, Board of Trustees of the Society of Friends of Bayreuth eV and a member of the Senate of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the acatech – German academy of technology.

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Prof. Dr. Karen Smith Stegen

Professor Dr. Karen Smith Stegen is the KAEFER Chair of Renewable Energy and Environmental Politics. She holds an international MBA (1989) and was the Senior International Affairs Analyst at Amoco Corporation in Chicago, Illinois (1989-1995). Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2008, she was awarded fellowships from both the Fulbright Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She was an adjunct faculty member of Universität Heidelberg and Schiller International University (2008-2009) and a senior researcher with the Bremer Energie Institut (2009-2011).

At Jacobs University, Prof. Dr. Smith Stegen teaches courses on social movements, sustainability, energy and environmental policy and politics, and international relations. She is one of the founders of the Integrated Environmental Studies undergraduate program and is the coordinator of the Energy Policy & Technology specialization. Prof. Dr. Smith Stegen has published in Energy Policy, Risk Management, Energy Conversion and Management, the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, the Journal of Eurasian Studies, and the International Journal of Emerging Markets. She is frequently a featured speaker at conferences and has been called upon to provide expertise to policy makers, including the European Presidency.

Prof. Dr. Ronny Wells

Raymond O. WELLS, Jr., received his Ph.D. degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in 1965 and thereafter had a 35-year career as a mathematics professor at Rice University in Houston. He is the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Alexander von Humboldt awards, and is a fellow of the AAAS. In 1970-71 and in 1979-80 he was a Visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and he was a Visiting Professor at Brandeis, Paris, Oxford, Colorado, and Bremen.

From 1998 to 2001 Wells was in Bremen working on the creation of International University Bremen. He was Vice-President for External Affairs and Professor of Mathematics at IUB from 2001-2005. In 2005 was appointed Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. He was the President of the Carl-Schurz Deutsch-Amerikanischer Club in Bremen from 2002-2010.

He is currently the President of the Jacobs University Foundation of America, based in Boulder, Colorado, and is a Member of the Board of the Jacobs University Alumni & Friends Stiftung GmbH in Bremen.

Former Board Members

Alina Degtiarova

  • Public Relations 2014 - 2015
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Andres Alvarado

  • President 2007 - 2009
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Anna Habighorst

  • Treasurer 2015
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Anna-Lena Schindl

  • Network Development 2016 - 2019
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Anne Valtink

  • President 2016 - 2019
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Beenish Waris

  • Fundraising 2018 - 2019
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Ciprian Blindu

  • Treasurer 2019 - 2020
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Cristina Trifon-Calvopiña

  • Event Management 2019 - 2020
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Daniel Alfonso Garcia

  • Vice President 2014 - 2015
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Devashish Tikekar

  • Vice President 2013
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Elena Isac

  • Special Projects 2016 - 2019
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Ewa Grzechnik

  • Treasurer 2010 - 2012
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Franziska Pohle

  • Member Management 2018 - 2021
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Frederique Mittelstaedt

  • 2016 - 2017
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Iliana Heucke

    Irina Shames

    • Vice President 2010
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    Ivan Mandadzhiev

    • Public Relations 2018
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    Julia Gyorffy

    • Special Projects 2011 - 2013
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    Konstantin Mihov

    • Special Projects 2011 - 2013
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    Lida-Maria Lottko

    • Public Relations 2016 - 2017
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    Max Lohmann

    • Event Management 2016 - 2019
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    Melanie Wilneder

    • Secretary 2007 - 2009
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    Mohsin Dar

    • Fundraising 2019
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    Petar Perkovic

    • President 2010 - 2012
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    Peter Dabrowski

    • Vice President 2011 - 2012
    • President 2013 - 2015

    Philipp Herzberg

    • Member Management 2015 - 2016
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    Raluca Puie

    • President 2004 - 2006
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    Robert Eckhoff

    • Special Projects 2007 - 2013
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    Răzvan Barabaș

    • Secretary 2016 - 2019
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    Sharon Min

    • Network Development 2019 - 2020
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    Stefan Anca

    • Secretary 2010 - 2015
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    Suna Turhan

    • Treasurer 2013 - 2014
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