Structure of the VKD

Members working for members

A community is only ever as strong as the members who contribute towards it. At VKD, a large number of members give up their time to provide support to the Association’s members, monitor developments in the industry, moderate discussions among colleagues, support young interpreters as they enter the market, and make sure the voice of our profession is heard.
We invite you to meet the members who serve the Association on the Executive Board, the various committees and special functions, and to learn more about what they do.

Left to right: Beatriz Quintanero Raposo, Lena Skalweit, Cornelia Oppitz, Jana Lüth, Nina Cisneros, Magda Dziabala. Not pictured: Sarah Osterberg

The VKD's Executive Board publicly represents the interests of the VKD and manages its affairs between the annual general meetings. It is composed of the chair, deputy chair, treasurer, secretary and at least two adjunct board members.

Left to right: Thorben Wehlert, Jirina Koenig, Simone Salo, Britta Klapproth, Pawel Kozlowski. Not pictured: Dr Anja Rütten (chair), Ulla von Kunhardt (substitute member), Nadine Bauer (substitute member)

The Admissions Committee is responsible for processing membership applications and deciding whether applicants meet the criteria for admission to the VKD. It also decides on members’ requests to add languages to their combinations and on changes from VKD-Junior to VKD-Senior status.

The VKD’s admission requirements are set out in the Association’s Admission Regulations. For more information on VKD membership, please visit the 'Become a member' section, from where the application pack can be downloaded.


The Regional Committee consists of a group of Regional Coordinators, who liaise with members at the regional level.

They provide first-level support to the members in the respective regions and organise a variety of activities and events, such as regional meetings.

Regional Coordinators


Anne Agius & Marius Braun

E-mail: nordvkd.bduede

Berlin and East I

Jana Lüth & Michelle Toussaint

E-mail: ost1vkd.bduede

East II

Ariane Stark & Elisabeth Körner-Szekelyhidi

E-mail: ost2vkd.bduede

West I (Cologne)

Leonie Wagener & Barbara Kagon

E-mail: west1vkd.bduede

West II (Frankfurt/Main)

Veronika Baluktsian & Daniel Holt

E-mail: west2vkd.bduede

South I (Baden-Württemberg & Rhineland-Palatinate)

Janine Laube & Carolin Behrendt

E-mail: sued1vkd.bduede

South II (Bavaria)

Jirina Koenig

E-mail: koenigvkd.bduede

Special functions

The members who occupy these ‘special functions’ handle any issues that relate to their area of responsibility and are the first port of call if any such issues arise. These include, e.g., press and public relations, the mentoring programme, CPD and many others.


Lea Spang, Claudia Schaffert, Anne Berres and Annika Schlesiger (not pictured)

Responsible for handling media inquiries and producing information material about the VKD and the profession itself. For more information, please refer to the press and media section.

E-mail: prvkd.bduede

Ina Breuing und Sandra Götz

Responsible for coordinating the VKD’s mentoring programme and organising professionalisation courses.

E-mail: nachwuchsprogrammvkd.bduede

Tina Conrad, Kirsten Grunert und Vanessa Schumacher

Responsible for organising CPD courses designed specifically for interpreters.

E-mail: fortbildungvkd.bduede

Franz Kubaczyk, Elisa Behr, Katerina Nijenhuis, Katharina Gausling, Daniel Piel

These members are the editorial team of VKD-Kurier, the VKD's members’ magazine. An electronic version can be downloaded from the internal members' forum (MeinBDÜ).

E-mail: kurier@vkd.bdue.de, chefredaktionvkd.bduede

Christopher Klix

Responsible for managing members' data (contact details, language combinations, etc.) for internal purposes, the directory search function, and the exchange of data with our parent association BDÜ.

E-mail: dvvkd.bduede

Ralf Pfleger

Responsible for representing the VKD in ISO/DIN working groups.

E-mail: normierungvkd.bduede

Ann Pasternack

Responsible for coordinating dummy booth opportunities (languages and venues).

E-mail: stummekabinenvkd.bduede

Elisabeth Körner-Székelyhidi

Responsible for liaising with the universities and colleges that teach conference interpreting and maintaining the list of recognised providers.

E-mail: hochschulevkd.bduede

Bea Luz

Responsible for matters relating to court and community interpreters and their work.

E-mail: Gericht-Gemeinwesenvkd.bduede

Sonja Willner

Responsible for managing and updating the VKD website.

E-mail: webmastervkd.bduede

Would you like to volunteer for the VKD? Then get in touch - we look forward to hearing from you!

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