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Get to know us

AlumNode is a collaboration between the Heidelberg Laureate Fourm Foundation (HLFF) and German Scholars Organization (GSO). It is funded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung.

Operations Team & Community Management

Jessica Kalus

Jessica is an AlumNode community manager and always happy to help you with any inquiries about funded projects, group discussions, digital events, etc. Also, she helps organize other projects like the Leadership Academy 2020 by the German Scholars Organization (GSO). If you are a Klaus Tschira Boost Fund Fellow/Alumna/Alumnus or took part in the Leadership Academy, Jessica is the first point of contact for you.

Sarah MacLeod

Sarah is a Canadian living in Germany. She works in Young Researchers Relations at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) and is also an AlumNode community manager. She is the first point of contact for all HLF alumni and looks forward to connecting with the whole community!

Martina Wagner

Martina is part of the Young Researchers team at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) and in charge of the conference management of the HLF. She is the newest member of the AlumNode team and, along with Sarah, the first point of contact for all HLF alumni.

Advisory Board (Strategy)

Dr. Anne Schreiter

Anne is the Executive Director of the GSO and together with Ruth, responsible for the strategic mission of AlumNode. She manages the content and helps develop the network with you, so whenever you have an idea for AlumNode, get in touch!

Ruth Wetzlar

Ruth is the Managing Director of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation and collaborates with Anne on AlumNode’s development. She is part of the project funding selection committee.


Elena Mercantini

Elena is responsible for the KTS Alumni Network at the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS). Since many KTS alumni are also members of the Alumnode community, she works with us to connect the networks and bring more people together. On AlumNode, she is the first point of contact for KlarText Award winners.

Find out more about the participating institutions:

Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation

German Scholars Organization

Find out more about our funding partner and cooperator:

Klaus Tschira Stiftung (in German)