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: Jonas Lunte, Beatriz Quintanero, Katharina Helmer, Jana Lüth, Sarah Osterberg, Cornelia Oppitz, Magda Dziabala

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.

Beatriz Quintanero Raposo

E-mail: vorsitz(at)vkd.bdue.de

Cornelia Oppitz

E-mail: oppitz(at)vkd.bdue.de

Sarah Osterberg

E-mail: kasse(at)vkd.bdue.de

Jana Lüth

E-mail: lueth(at)vkd.bdue.de

Katharina Helmer

E-mail: beisitz2(at)vkd.bdue.de

Jonas Lunte

E-mail: beisitz3(at)vkd.bdue.de

Magda Dziabala

Address: Postfach 160722, 60070 Frankfurt, Germany
E-mail: gs(at)vkd.bdue.de

Tel.: +49 800 853 23 83 (0800-VKDBDUE)
Fax: +49 180 585 34 63

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.

E-Mail: regionalausschuss(at)vkd.bdue.de

Regional Coordinators

The Regional Coordinators can be reached at the following e-mail addresses:


Anne Agius & Marius Braun

E-mail: nord(at)vkd.bdue.de

Berlin and East I

Catleen Grötschel & Nadja Gläser

E-mail: ost1(at)vkd.bdue.de

East II

Ariane Stark & Elisabeth Körner-Szekelyhidi

E-mail: ost2(at)vkd.bdue.de

West I (Cologne)

Mandy Williams-Wendl & Barbara Kagon

E-mail: west1(at)vkd.bdue.de

West II (Frankfurt/Main)

Veronika Baluktsian & Nadja Schmidt

E-mail: west2(at)vkd.bdue.de

South I (Baden-Württemberg/Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland)

Alba Floris & Tamara Stein

E-mail: sued1(at)vkd.bdue.de

South II (Bavaria)

Jirina Koenig

E-mail: koenig(at)vkd.bdue.de

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.


Laura Ehrhard and Colette Robichaud

Please get in touch with our press liaisons, Laura Ehrhard (left) and Colette Robichaud (right), by emailing pr(at)vkd.bdue.de 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 marketing(at)vkd.bdue.de 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.

Anna Misiuk

Please get in touch with our social media coordinator Anna Misiuk (smm(at)vkd.bdue.de) if you would like to discuss anything in connection with the VKD’s social media footprint.

Ann-Christin Pitz (left), Sandra Götz (centre) und Isabel Rauschmaier (right)

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

E-mail: nachwuchsprogramm(at)vkd.bdue.de

Luisa Donachie-Bach, Isabel Frey and Yevgeniya Movchun

Responsible for organising CPD courses designed specifically for interpreters.

E-mail: fortbildung(at)vkd.bdue.de

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, chefredaktion(at)vkd.bdue.de

Karolina Zablocka

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: dv(at)vkd.bdue.de

Ralf Pfleger

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

E-mail: normierung(at)vkd.bdue.de

Ann Pasternack

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

E-mail: stummekabinen(at)vkd.bdue.de

Elisabeth Körner-Székelyhidi

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

E-mail: hochschule(at)vkd.bdue.de

Bea Luz

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

E-mail: Gericht-Gemeinwesen(at)vkd.bdue.de

Thomas Baumgart

Responsible for managing and updating the VKD website.

E-mail: webmaster(at)vkd.bdue.de

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

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