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






Dr. Jochen Hellmann


Jochen Hellmann earned his doctorate in 1991 with a thesis in the field of translation studies. He was a DAAD Lector in Paris and Advisor for the EU Office of Hannover University. In 1993, he became advisor for the Mobility Program of Hamburg University, and, in 1993, Head of Department in DAAD’s main office, in Bonn. In 2001 he was appointed director of the International Relations Department, at Hamburg University.

He holds a series of honorary functions: His excellency in the field of internationalization of education and research is attested by several delivered talks and relevant publications.

For many years, Dr Hellmann was a part-time lecturer for the Master’s Program in Scientific Management of the DHV (Faculty of Management) at the Speyer University. From the beginning of 2009 until June 2019, he was Secretary General of the binational German-French University.

In July 2019 he returned to DAAD and will represent this institution as of 1st of December 2019 as President of DAAD’s External Office in Rio de Janeiro and Director of the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in São Paulo, legitimized by his lifelong affinity towards Latin America.

Marcio Weichert
Head of Programme


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 Head of Programme of the German Centre for Research and Innovation São Paulo (DWIH São Paulo).

Silke Bell
Programme Officer


Silke Bell has completed the international German Latin-American Business Administration course (CALA) at the Münster University of Applied Sciences and studied as well at the partner university in Curitiba. After completing her studies, she stayed in Brazil and worked from 2009 to 2015 for the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, among other things, as a project manager for foreign trade and trade fairs. In the meantime, she worked as a freelance German teacher and translator and was already in contact with the DWIH. Since February 2024, she has been the new program officer at the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in 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.

Pâmela de Oliveira
Public Relations and Marketing


Pâmela de Oliveira is in charge of Public Relations and Marketing at the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH São Paulo).

Before DWIH São Paulo, she worked in NGOs and as a translator.

She graduated from Universidade de São Paulo, taking part in two exchange programmes, at Universität Leipzing and Université Paris Nanterre.


Do you want to do an internship at the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) São Paulo?We consider three types of profiles:    – Native German speakers with knowledge of Portuguese, students from various fields of study (the internship supports all areas of DWIH São Paulo);    – Communication and Marketing: Brazilian students enrolled in related areas with knowledge of German;    – Finance: Brazilian students enrolled in related areas with knowledge of GermanIf you can find yourself among these groups, send your resume to <>.