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.
Isabel Müller holds a BA in North American Studies/Sociology and Islamic Studies from the Feie Universität Berlin and a Master’s degree in Sociology and Technology Studies from the Technische Universität Berlin. During her studies she worked as a GCU guide for nearly five years and is back in the GCU office as program coordinator since summer 2017.
Laura Stöbener is studying history and art history at the Humboldt University, Berlin and is the Germany Close Up student assistant. Originally a trained publisher’s assistant, after two years working in this field she took a year off to volunteer with Action Reconciliation Service for Peace at Kazerne Dossin, a memorial and museum for the Holocaust and Human Rights in Belgium, before returning to Germany to begin her studies.