Dr. Gertje Krumbholz
… works as a DAAD-Lecturer at the Alsun Faculty at the Ain-Shams-University since September 2016. She coordinates the activities of the DAAD in the field of German Studies and German as a Foreign Language in Egypt and aims to improve the interconnection of German Studies in the MENA region. After studying German and Slavic Literature and Linguistics at the universities of Marburg, Warsaw and Hamburg Gertje Krumbholz wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on aspect and aktionsart of Polish verbs. She worked as a research assistance and lecturer at the universities of Hamburg and Mainz. Besides her scientific activities, she wrote as an editor and author for several German magazines.
Dr. Michael Fisch
... is a DAAD-Lector at Helwan University in Cairo (Faculty of Philosophy) since September 2012. He is holding the position of Visiting Full Professor. He studied German Studies and Philosophy at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and at Freie Universität Berlin. He completed his master degree in 1994 in Berlin, wrote his dissertation in 1999 and published his habilitation dissertation in 2010. His educational fields are newer German literature, comparative studies , and Philosophy. His research focuses on (Auto)- Biography and Bibliography, Textology and Poetology, (French) structuralism and text theory, concrete poetry and experimental prose.
... is since November 2013 a lecturer for the DAAD in Alexandria. She studied Arabic language, Islamic Science and Semiotics at Freie Universität Berlin. Her first teaching experience was at the University of Damascus, promoted by a DAAD scholarship. Back in Berlin she studied German as a foreign language at Humboldt University. From 2007 to 2011 she was a DAAD lecturer in Aden, Yemen, where she set up a German department at the Faculty of Arts. Her doctoral research is in the field of morphology.
Some of her tasks in Alexandria are to structure the German language programme at the local faculties, to counsel specific study programmes in Germany and DAAD scholarships, to promote a German-Alexandrian university cooperation and support Egyptian Alumni.
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Römer
... has been long-term lecturer of the German Academic Exchange Service at Ain Shams University since January 2013, as well as freelance collaborator of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo. She studied Classical Philology (Greek and Latin literature) and History of Art at the Universities of Cologne and Florence. At Cologne she was awarded the PhD in Classics and later also the Habilitation.
She was Head of the papyrus collection in the Institute of Classical Studies of the University of Cologne until 2000, when she was appointed Reader, then Professor of Papyrology at University College London. From 2005 she was Director of the Papyrus Collection and Papyrus Museum in the Austrian National Library in Vienna, one of the largest papyrus collections in the world.
The main areas of her research are Greek literary and documentary Papyrology as well as the Archaeology and History of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. Her greatest aim is the combination of these research fields and the advancement of Greek Papyrology in Egypt – after all, nearly all the written evidence comes from here.
Dr. Carsten Vellguth
... joined the IUSD team at Ain Shams University as DAAD lecturer of the bicultural master program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association London and at the Technische Universität München. He has been working for various architectural practices in the United Kingdom, Germany and Singapore and has contributed to a variety of projects ranging from social housing to coal fired power stations. As a practitioner he completed a number of projects in Germany and Ethiopia, where he supported the charity "Menschen für Menschen" for many years. Carsten Vellguth has been teaching in schools and faculties of architecture in the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Egypt. He is interested in all aspects of the built environment and its historic contexts. His main expertise is on materials, and constructions, and their environmental, and social consequences. His research interest is in Arabic building typologies.