Dr. Dagmar Pruin is the Executive Director of Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V. (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace) and Director of Germany Close Up, which she founded in the Fall of 2007. Dr. Pruin studied Theology and Jewish Studies at the Universities of Hamburg, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Göttingen (MDiv equivalent 1997) and the Humboldt-University of Berlin, where she worked as a research and teaching fellow and earned her PhD in Hebrew Bible in 2003. Her academic career includes visiting fellowships at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa (2004) and at the AICGS-The Johns Hopkins University (2006). She is a founding member of the Program on Religion and Politics at the Humboldt University and has lectured extensively in Europe and the United States and is a Minister of the Protestant Church.
Kathleen Gransow has held the position of Germany Close Up program coordinator since 2010. Prior to this, she worked for Germany Close Up as a program guide. She holds a Master’s degree in Film Studies and English Language and Literature from the Freie Universität, Berlin and also studied at UCL, London.
Martine Perry has been working as a Germany Close Up program coordinator since February 2012. She holds a Bachelor's degree with majors in Political Science and German from the University of Melbourne and a Master's degree in Political Science from the Freie Universität, Berlin.
Verena Kröss started working in the Germany Close Up office as a project coordinator in July 2019. She has been living in Berlin since 2007 with short breaks for studying abroad in Portugal and New York City. She has a Bachelor and Master degree in social sciences from Humboldt University Berlin and recently completed a Ph.D. in contemporary history.