Learn more about the people behind DWIH São Paulo and the work that helps us achieve our mission.

Dra. Martina Schulze


Martina Schulze has been Director to the regional office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Rio de Janeiro since October 2014. Since 2017 she has served as Director to the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in São Paulo. She has worked for the DAAD since 1993 and has undertaken different management positions. She holds a PhD in Linguistics.

Marcio Weichert
Programme Manager


Marcio Weichert studied Social Communication (Journalism) at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Niterói (State of Rio de Janeiro). He worked as a journalist, e.g. for newspapers and a magazine publisher. He lived for seven years in Germany as editor for the international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. After coming back to Brazil, he did a specialization course in the field of Strategic Management at the Cândido Mendes University (UCAM) and has joined the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service as Marketing Officer, in São Paulo, in 2006. In 2011, Marcio Weichert attended the Transfer Leadership Training at the University of Münster (WWU). Since May 2012, he has been the Programme Manager of the German Centre for Research and Innovation São Paulo (DWIH São Paulo).

Yrani Albisser
Finance and Administration


Yrani Albisser has worked as coordination assistant at the German Centre for Research and Innovation since December 2015. In this position she is responsible for the financial and administrative area. She has previously worked as executive secretary for German companies.

She has studied translation at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and is a certified intercultural translator by the Federal Office for Migration and the Federal Commission on Migration.

Stephanie Tanaka
Communications Officer


Stephanie Tanaka is responsible for Public Relations at the German Centre for Research and Innovation São Paulo (DWIH São Paulo). She is responsible for the institutional communication strategy of the Centre, from printed materials to digital media presence.

Before working at the DWIH, Stephanie worked as product development engineer at a large German car manufacturer. There, she coordinated projects on engine control unit development and was expatriated for 3 years at the company’s head office in Germany.


Stephanie studied Control and Automation Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo and at the Technische Universität Darmstadt through a double degree program and has received a scholarship by DAAD during the same program. She has specialization courses on Design Thinking and Organization Facilitation.

Christian Lazar
Programme Officer


Christian Lazar is the Programme Officer at the German Centre for Research and Innovation in São Paulo (DWIH São Paulo). His responsibilities consist of event management and general office administration.

Prior to joining the DWIH, Christian worked in Press, Communications and Reports at the German Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, in copywriting as well as in the administration of a Public Relations agency and a publishing house in Berlin and also in Cultural Management in a public broadcasting company in Freiburg.

He holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Latin-American Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin and a B.A. in Philosophy and Portuguese from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg. During his studies he spent two semesters abroad in Brazil.