Our Team

Our friendly, dedicated team members have different backgrounds but one common mission: To help advance science and innovation, to connect people and improve patients’ lives around the globe.

Our hierarchies are lean, allowing us to be agile and efficient. In this environment, we are able to provide excellent service. We are extremely committed to what we do, set high standards for ourselves and show great appreciation for our partners’ needs.

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Dr Claudia Schacht

Founder & Managing Director

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Claudia has been working in international research and innovation projects for more than 15 years, supporting successful applications to a wide array of national and international funding programs such as BMBF, MRC/UKRI, NIH, EU-FP6/FP7/Horizon2020, IMI, EDCTP or EIT Health. She has guided more than 35 resulting projects with funding of up to 28 million EUR through grant preparation and implementation, and many of those to successful follow-up initiatives. Claudia has strong people skills and thrives on new challenges. Her particular focus in recent years have been clinical studies and collaboration with industry.

At LINQ, Claudia uses her vast experience in supporting international research projects primarily to facilitate the planning and preparation of new initiatives. She guides and coordinates project design and proposal writing and supports new consortia in their set-up phase. Moreover, she develops actionable risk mitigation strategies and monitors their implementation to ensure successful completion of each project and help maximise impact. Claudia supports stakeholder management and guides networking both within the context of individual projects and beyond.

Phone. +49 (0)175 927 16 31

Dr. Claudia Schacht

Julia Büch

Co-Founder & Project Manager

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Julia brings in more than ten years of experience in the management and administration of international research collaborations. Her portfolio has included small and large-scale collaborative projects, clinical trials and networks funded by EU-FP7, Horizon2020, EDCTP, EIT Health as well as national and regional funding schemes. She is an expert in day-to-day project management and monitoring, financial issues and project reporting and has provided numerous training courses on project and financial management, both at national and international level, either as part of capacity building schemes in EU and EDCTP projects or directly for partner organizations, research institutes and universities. Julia supports her projects with strong communication skills and provides expert advice on project implementation, preparation of audits and contractual issues.

At LINQ, Julia oversees all areas of operations and keeps the project management team performing at its peak. She translates best practice into standard processes and adapts them to new programmes whenever a new funder is added to the LINQ portfolio. In addition to safeguarding efficiency and compliance in general, Julia is involved in the management of the two EDCTP-funded clinical trials TriageTB and StatinTB as well as the EIT-Health initiative iPDM-Go where she collaborates closely with the Activity Lead at Roche Diabetes Care.

Phone. +49 (0)160 15 41 074

Julia Buech

Malte Streitz

Project Manager

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Malte studied Linguistics and Literature Studies in Germany, the UK and US. Before joining LINQ management, he was joint head of a project management team focusing on international university marketing, recruitment and employer branding. He organized higher education fairs all over Germany. Besides his marketing and event management experience, Malte has a background in teaching. At Vassar College, New York, he worked as a Language Fellow and taught German as a Second Language.

At LINQ, Malte manages multiple initiatives across different funding programmes. Two of the projects he is working on are the tuberculosis clinical trials PredictTB (co-funded by the EDCTP and the BMGF/FNIH) and ENDxTB (funded by the NIH), both coordinated in South Africa. In close collaboration with Claudia, Malte has been supporting the EIT Health with their business support programme, Work Package Zero, since 2018. He also manages an EIT Health-funded project, RealWorld4Clinic, as well as IMPRINT, a research network funded by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). In IMPRINT, Malte focuses on contracts and financial management.

Malte Streitz

Anna-Lena Guske

Project Manager

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Anna-Lena holds a diploma in Political Sciences from Philipps University in Marburg and a master’s degree in East European Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining the LINQ team, she worked as a researcher and project manager at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) in Berlin. She has ten years of experience in managing international research projects. Her portfolio has included collaborative projects funded by EU-FP7, Horizon2020, and BMBF. Besides her background in research, she has experience with teaching at university level and developing and providing trainings for decision-makers. Moreover, Anna-Lena has worked as a consultant for national and international institutions such as the German National Environment Agency (UBA), the European Parliament, the OECD, or the German Organization for Development Cooperation (GIZ).

At LINQ, Anna-Lena works primarily with the two Horizon2020 funded projects ESPACE and EUCANCan, which are both embedded in larger project clusters. As a project manager for ESPACE, she supports the project broadly. Among other things, she helps coordinate the consortium, organise meetings and events, and plan and execute communication, dissemination, and exploitation activities. In EUCANCan, her main tasks are to support, guide, and monitor the consortium’s dissemination activities and to coordinate the Communications Work Group of the six cluster projects. In addition, Anna-Lena administratively supports new proposals and uses her strong technical skills to support the set-up and maintenance of websites and intranets for several of LINQ’s projects.

Anna-Lena Guske

Dr. Christoph Cyranski

Project Manager

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Christoph holds a PhD in Anthropology from Heidelberg University. Before joining LINQ, he worked as an independent research assistant, editor and translator, and provided science management and workshops on intercultural communication for Heidelberg University. His own primary research focused on health, wellness and illness in the South Asian context, and he participated in international research projects on medical tourism in India and on asymmetric relations between European and Asian medicine. His professional experience further includes community work at Y.R.G. CARE in India for HIV/AIDS research and education in South Asia and at the Fundación Norte in Argentina for the empowerment of indigenous groups from South America.

At LINQ, Christoph works with projects in their implementation phase and in their earliest stages, primarily in EDCTP and EIT Health programmes. He supports research teams in project planning, proposal writing, and designing and executing project implementation plans. As a project manager in the two clinical trials PredictTB and StatinTB, both funded by the EDCTP and coordinated in South Africa, he puts much focus on conceptualising, organising, and implementing capacity building activities. Christoph further supports the management of the Immunising Pregnant Women and Infants Network, IMPRINT, funded by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund. In IMPRINT, he is in charge of different communication and dissemination tasks as well as manages the network’s Public Engagement scheme.

Liora Jaffe

Project Manager

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Liora is a social scientist holding dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Sociology and Legal Studies. Following her undergraduate education, she completed a Master of Science in Public and Nonprofit Studies at the University of Hamburg. Before joining LINQ Liora worked as a research assistant on a grant funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Her own research focused on impact assessment in the Third Sector. Liora’s prior professional experience includes working as a project coordinator and leading a communications department as a Jr. Project Manager in the German nonprofit sector. In addition, she worked in the field with a U.S. based international humanitarian aid organisation.

At LINQ Liora facilitates the implementation of ongoing projects across different funders. She supports management of the EDCTP project TriageTB and the EIT Health initiative iPDM-Go. Furthermore, Liora helps our projects adapt to the new, more virtual work situation which is caused by the current pandemic. By coordinating our team efforts towards the creation of virtual learning and support environments for young scientists, she contributes to the development of timely innovative solutions for capacity building.

Liora Jaffe

Erika Granath

Content & Communications Manager

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Erika has over seven years of experience developing and implementing effective communication strategies for diverse international companies in the pharmaceutical and media industry, including the European Parliament’s two youth programs European Youth Event and European Youth Press and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company. Prior to that, she studied journalism in both her home country Sweden and in the US. With a passion for multichannel communication, Erika is comfortable producing all types of texts, including website copy, articles, social media posts, and press releases. Having worked as an Art Director and Graphic Designer in the past, she is also a strong designer of both print and online layouts.

At LINQ, Erika develops and implements dissemination and communication strategies for several projects in the LINQ portfolio and oversees that projects follow the guidelines provided by these strategies. Erika collaborates with project partners’ communication departments and scientists to design and execute communication activities, crafts promotional content for the media and the web, and drafts, reviews, and edits communication deliverables. She supports Anna-Lena in coordinating communication efforts for EUCANCan, works with Malte and Christoph in PredictTB, and drives dissemination activities in TriageTB together with Julia.

Erika Granath

Dr Dagmar Schwenk

Project Assistant & Office Manager

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Dagmar holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biology and spent her PostDoc time at VTT Technical Research Center Finland before switching to research management and support by joining the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society in Munich, Germany. In this position, she coordinated the cooperation program between Max Planck Society and Fraunhofer Society, two of the leading research organizations in Germany. Following this, she provided central support to the 83 institutes of the Society as a team member of the Institute Liaison Office.

At LINQ, Dagmar ensures that the office is running smoothly on a day-to-day basis. She is responsible for LINQ’s accounting and for developing, implementing, and maintaining company policies and safety procedures. In recent months, she has developed a plan for how we can keep the LINQ office a safe and healthy workplace and protect our team during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dagmar is also contributing to many of LINQ’s projects as she regularly provides administrative support to the project management team across the entire LINQ portfolio.

Dr. Dagmar Schwenk