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.
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.
Laura Ehrhard and Colette Robichaud
Please get in touch with our press liaisons, Laura Ehrhard (left) and Colette Robichaud (right), by emailing prvkd.bduede if you
- would like to respond to a press release from the VKD,
- are looking for an interpreter for an interview,
- need a statement from the VKD,
- want to find out more about our services.
Jil Richter and Lisa Woytowicz
Please get in touch with our marketing coordinators, Jil Richter (left) and Lisa Woytowicz (right), by emailing marketingvkd.bduede if you
- got to know the VKD at a trade fair,
- are a member and would like to represent the VKD at a trade fair,
- are a member and need marketing materials from the VKD for an event.
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.
Responsible for liaising with the universities and colleges that teach conference interpreting and maintaining the list of recognised providers.
Would you like to volunteer for the VKD? Then get in touch - we look forward to hearing from you!