Meet our Team

We are an international and multi-lingual team motivated by our own experiences of building a new life abroad.

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Julia Kohn has been part of Startcon GmbH’s team since 2016. Before that, she worked for a large German bank for several years and worked in Berlin as a project and event manager. She is a trained graphic designer and has a degree in cultural studies with a focus on history. Today, Julia is responsible for all matters concerning our language school. She develops and organizes new courses and educational activities, such as our “Adaptation and Qualification Course for Filipino Nurses,” has trained as a lecturer, and now holds several telc examiner licenses. With this experience and her enthusiasm for the educational sector, she is responsible for organizing and conducting telc exams in the Philippines, some of which she conducts herself locally. Julia is particularly enthusiastic about other cultures and their languages, and enjoys travelling solo across the world.

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Lisa Wohlgemuth studied English with additional courses in Law and Psychology in the beautiful city of Leipzig. She has lived, worked, and studied in several countries to deepen her intercultural competence and language skills. Having started her professional life as an interpreter and translator, Lisa moved to Berlin in 2012 and has been supporting Start Relocation ever since. Her main scope of activities includes visa applications and residence permits, finding new homes for clients, and communicating with German authorities. She also specializes in supporting foreign doctors in obtaining state permission to work in Germany.

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Helen Neumann studied in Paris and Mexico with a focus on intercultural approaches and theories. After her studies, she participated in an advanced training program in art history and helped set up international art galleries in Cologne and Berlin. She has been part of the Start team since its foundation, helping build up the relocation and immigration department. She has travelled extensively throughout Asia and Europe and just came back from a 6-month journey through West Africa.

Familiar with and enthusiastic about the special characteristics of Berlin, Helen knows how to welcome newcomers to her favorite city.

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Deborah Schmitz studied political and social sciences in Freiburg, Buenos Aires, New Delhi, and Cape Town. Her interest in different ways of life has also led her to Spain, Ireland, and to a kibbutz in southern Israel. After her studies, she worked for a social start-up before joining Start Relocation in 2015. She supports our international candidates with great enthusiasm.

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Katharina is originally from Bonn. She studied International Tourism Management in Breda and completed her Master’s in Globalization at the University of Barcelona. She studied and worked for 12 years in Great Britain, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Spain. She came to Berlin in 2019. Katharina has worked in various fields: project management, exports, and, most recently, as a teacher at a vocational school in Barcelona. Other countries, cultures, and languages have always fascinated her. Besides her native German, she speaks English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Portuguese, and Dutch. Now she coordinates apartment searches for our international clients and supports them in their relocation process.

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Anja studied Interior Design and worked several years in this field in Berlin, Tokyo and Los Angeles. In the past 20 years she moved with her husband and later with her two kids 12 times within Germany and other countries. Having relocated together with her family several times, she understands the bureaucratic obstacles and emotional difficulties very well. It is her personal matter to help new “Berliners” to get to know the city and to find the best suitable home.

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Bettina has experienced the process of relocation several times first-hand, moving with her highly-mobile family to California, Rwanda and Bosnia/Herzegovina. Everytime she moves back to Berlin, her adopted hometown since 1981, she finds the city reinventing itself yet again. Discovering the new and old, Berlin is a great experience she is eager to share with her clients. Bettina is one of our specialists for all matters regarding moving to Berlin – be that flat hunt, school search, opening a bank account or getting registered with the authorities.

Beate studied business administration and worked several years for real estate companies. She is also trained in intercultural competence. Living in the US and in China with her family, she understands perfectly how much a move affects each family member. No matter from where and which age, Beate supports our Berlin newcomers to feel home soon. She loves to explore the city with her clients and to find the most suitable apartment, house, school or kindergarten. Taking care of all the bureaucratic necessities she makes the transition as smooth as possible.

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Nikolai Guyot, Managing Director of Startcon GmbH, has German and French nationality and grew up in both countries. Multilingualism and interculturality are more than familiar to him. Next to German and French, he also speaks fluent English and is currently learning Russian. Travels, including to Russia and the USA, as well as international encounters have had a strong influence on him. Nikolai studied software engineering at the Code University in Berlin and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. He took over the management of Startcon GmbH in 2019 and primarily supports the digitalisation of the company. In addition to his professional interest in programming, he also devotes his free time to designing apps.

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Peder Iblher, owner of Startcon GmbH, is a creative director for graphic design and communication at his network agency Blu Dot. He grew up in Hamburg and studied in Braunschweig, Barcelona and Berlin. Interculturalism and cosmopolitanism characterise his interests both privately and professionally. He speaks fluent English and Spanish as well as French. Peder holds his protective hand over Startcon GmbH and is responsible for the company’s marketing and corporate design. In his leisure time, he devotes himself to his family, plays drums in a band or writes on his blog.