Our Team

What makes DEGIS extraordinary are our people. It’s mostly managed by international students and recent graduates, who faced all possible challenges of studying in Germany themselves and are eager to make a difference for the international community. The DEGIS National Team is located in Berlin, but our City Chapters run by volunteers are spread all over Germany in cities of all sizes.

Who is part of our national team?

Our National Team is as international as our community. Team members from Germany, India, Brazil, and Belarus. The team is highly motivated and united to build the largest community for international students in Germany. Check out their individual stories below.

Alexander Ruthemeier

Alex is one of DEGIS’s founders. After doing part of his studies in Singapore and afterward alongside many expats in Germany working he decided to found an NGO which would make it easier for students to find their perfect study course, settle and have a greater experience overall.

Mikalai Vincheuski

Mika came from Belarus to study in Germany as an international student and finished a BA in Anthropology in the Free University of Berlin. During his study time and beyond he was engaged in different roles in the international student Organization AIESEC for 7 years, finishing his path as President of AIESEC in Germany. Following his passion for NGO management, leadership development and intercultural understanding, he is currently responsible for organisational development & network management at DEGIS.

Carolina Figueiredo

Caro graduated in Law at her hometown Goiania (Brazil) and already in an early stage started building a career with civil society organizations. She has taken many leadership positions in AIESEC, an international students organization, acting as Head of Public Relations and Government Affairs for the Brazilian chapter in 2015. She came to Germany in 2020 for her Masters in Public Administration in the Hertie School of Governance, writing her thesis on community building for social innovation. Carolina is currently responsible for marketing and community at DEGIS.

Jonathan Lätsch

Jonathan completed his secondary education in the US and then returned to Germany to pursue a BA in International Politics and History from Jacobs University Bremen. He then went to study International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris and King’s College London, graduating in 2019. He has past experience at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the German Foreign Office, and the United Nations.Driven by his interest in knowledge transfer and intercultural communication, he is currently responsible for partnerships and public relations at DEGIS.

Jennifer Knell

Jennifer was born and raised in Southern Germany. After finishing her secondary education, she spent one year in the U.S. as a volunteer working with juveniles. She eventually moved to Berlin and started pursuing her BA in social science at Humboldt University. Jennifer joined DEGIS as a working student in June of 2022 and is responsible for government partnerships and fundraising.

Aarushi Goel

Aarushi Goel was born in India and completed primary and higher education entirely in New Delhi. She has completed a graduation degree in Mathematics and chose Freie Universitaet Berlin for masters in the same. Her two year program started in October 2021, and she joined DEGIS in August 2021 as a Vice President Operations in the Berlin City Chapter of DEGIS. She led a team of 15 people and made progress for the Berlin City chapter. Furthermore, she is partially responsible for the organisational development of DEGIS and contributes as a working student.

Time to join us!

If you'd like to become an active member/volunteer in one of our 45+ City Chapters, sign up on the membership page.