Meet the AIB-Team

We believe that a dedicated and passionate staff makes the difference to transform your education! Meet our creative minds and study abroad experts.

DR. RAINER ZÄCK

MANAGING DIRECTOR

He founded AIB some 25 years ago. He always thinks about the students first and loves it when a plan comes together. Hiking in the Eifel is his relaxation technique.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 14
zaeck@aib-studyabroad.org

SEBASTIAN WELTER

MANAGING DIRECTOR

He likes to turn ideas into reality. For him, working in the field of international cooperation is more lifestyle than job-description. As „Rheinländer“ he enjoys Karneval and a workout with a Schnitzel …

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 43
welter@aib-studyabroad.org

DR. JEREMY WASSER

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

A native New Yorker but at heart, a Rheinländer! Responsible for overseeing the academic side of AIB's programs, he takes as his guiding principle these lines from Goethe: "Who would understand the poet, must travel in the poet's homeland."

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 45
wasser@aib-studyabroad.org

BJÖRN RIEPERT

M.A., ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

He is the string puller behind the scenes. He likes it efficient: if there is a tool out there to improve work flows, he will find and implement it (his colleagues love when this happens). He likes the high magic to low puns and knows where to get the best Käsebrötchen in town.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 25
riepert@aib-studyabroad.org

HILDE KOCH

HOUSING MANAGER

There is no one in Bonn whom she does not know and she certainly knows where in town the best matches for our students are. She has been with AIB since its beginning and you will always find cookies in her drawer.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 23
koch@aib-studyabroad.org

TURE PETERSENN

M.A., PROGRAM DIRECTOR

He has a passion for Landscape Architecture and outdoor activities. If you like bike rides, he is your man – if you can keep up with him.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 12
petersenn@aib-studyabroad.org

ARIANE HANRATH

M.A., PROGRAM DIRECTOR

She runs our Science, Engineering and Digital Arts Programs with joy and expertise. If you do not find her in the office, she probably trains for a Triathlon.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 27
hanrath@aib-studyabroad.org

MIRA ARBEITER

M.A., PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Joy and perfection, Mira’s way to go in the Business, Arts & Communication and Sport Management program. Traveling new places is what gets this Tennis-pro excited. Mira will be on maternity leave until September 2019. 

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 31
arbeiter@aib-studyabroad.org

ANDREAS GEYR

B.A., PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Born and raised in the Rhineland, at heart a Louisianan. A vigorous supporter of the Saints and the Tigers, he is passionate about everything Bayou State, from sports to cuisine and culture. Since attending LSU, he’s found his calling here at AIB, planning several different programs. What does he do in his off-time, you ask? Y’all bettcha he’s planning his next trip…back to the Big Easy.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 46
geyr@aib-studyabroad.org

LYDIA HERBER

B.A., PROGRAM COORDINATOR / GERMAN LANGUANGE INSTRUCTOR / INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR

This world traveler has a special place in her heart for South America and will always greet you with a smile on her face. She runs the CBYX/PPP program with dedication and will also teach you the ins and outs of the German language. When she is not at AIB, she loves to bust a move on the dance floor - dancing Salsa and Bachata.  

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 24
herber@aib-studyabroad.org

SOPHIA HORN

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

She is a laid-back native Bonner who now lives in Cologne and runs the Film program with a great capacity for creativity and empathy.
She is passionate about good food, good talks, and Cologne’s vibrant art scene. During her spare time, you can find her exploring nature – the more remote, the better.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 30
horn@aib-studyabroad.org

SUSANNE FAILLARD

GERMAN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR

With a passion for cultural immersion and languages, she will have you speak fluent German in no time. She also loves to travel and to share her experiences.


fallard@aib-studyabroad.org

NICK MANDERSCHEID

B.A., PROGRAM COORDINATOR

This soccer pro always stays on top of his game – on the field and at work. He leads the Bioscience, Landscape Architecture, Criminal Justice and Garden History programs with expertise and skill. If he is not at AIB or scoring big on the soccer field, you might find him indulging in his other passion: American football!

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 29
manderscheid@aib-studyabroad.org

MARA TERESA MINKLER

B.A., PROGRAM COORDINATOR

This Florida-born German-American runs the Visualization, Media, and Architecture Summer programs with a passion. She is also in charge of AIB's Social Media handles #aibgermany. In her spare time she is either living her own "Pitch Perfect" reality as a member of an international choir or reminisces about her last trip to Denmark #HYGGE.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 44
minkler@aib-studyabroad.org

 

HENNING MÜNCH

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

In German we say „hard shell, soft core“ – or just „Henning“. He puts both sides to good use not only in his Health and Theater programs, but also in his infamous drum solos.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 39
muench@aib-studyabroad.org

MARIANNE SIEDE

B.A., PROGRAM COORDINATOR 

She runs the LMU Business, Arts and Communication and the LMU Global Imagination program with a passion for organizing efficient time schedules and color coordinated to-do lists. Her home is where the dome is (true Kölner at heart) and she loves to explore the city’s eclectic neighborhoods.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 22
siede@aib-studyabroad.org

FENJA WITTNEVEN-WELTER

PROGRAM COORDINATOR / GERMAN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR

She will guarantee you are aware of current debates. Aside from her political engagement in Bonn she is passionate about teaching German language and traditions like carnival.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 15
wittneven@aib-studyabroad.org

ALICE SPAGNOLLI

B.A., ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Our cheerful all rounder: She studied Art History and works in the AIB administration.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 28
spagnolli@aib-studyabroad.org

CLAUDIA WERTH

HOUSING ASSISTANT

As a host mom herself, she knows what to look for when she recruits new host-families. She enjoys long walks with her dog Molly after work.

+49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 16
werth@aib-studyabroad.org

PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

Open-minded and supportive – these are traits all our student assistants share. They study in universities in and around Bonn and know what students are going through from their own international experiences.

Lisa Grochala grochala@aib-studyabroad.org Florian Königs koenigs@aib-studyabroad.org
Steffi Lorenz lorenz@aib-studyabroad.org Cassandra Trillhose trillhose@aib-studyabroad.org
Brian Gebhard gebhard@aib-studyabroad.org Katharina Stertzenbach stertzenbach@aib-studyabroad.org
Maximilian Gillert gillert@aib-studyabraod.org Charlotte Göbel goebel@aib-studyabroad.org
Tobias Lössl loessl@aib-studyabroad.org Jakob Höfting hoefting@aib-studyabroad.org
Marie Platzer platzer@aib-studyabroad.org Carina Teichrib teichrib@aib-studyabroad.org
Bryce Carr carr@aib-studyabroad.org Johanna Moster moster@aib-studyabroad.org
Anne Hoffmans hoffmans@aib-studyabroad.org Malek Tarhouni tarhouni@aib-studyabroad.org
Janette Yamanian yamanian@aib-studyabroad.org Carolin Wübbelt wuebbelt@aib-studyabroad.org
Amir Yousif yousif@aib-studyabroad.org