We are an interdisciplinary team

The MIRKS team has extensive knowledge in the area of gender and diversity. It focuses on helping young talents getting job started through internships. The team also supports with administrative issues and relocation if demanded. A pool of partners additionally offers coaching and mentoring.

Holding a degree in political sciences and in economics, Dr Sarah Schmelzer has international project experience in Latin America, Africa and Europe. She volunteers as a chairwoman of Business and Professional Women Berlin (BPW) dedicated to achieving Professional Equality. To counter the shortage of skilled labour and to support young international women, Sarah founded MIRKS together with Kerstin Gross in 2018.

With her relocation agency, Kerstin Gross supports qualified international employees coming to Germany for ten years now. In this context she gained extensive experience in dealing with the intercultural challenges expats and companies are faced with. Kerstin engages in international women’s networks. Her entrepreneurial spirit is the driving force behind MIRKS.

Layla Tavares is a journalist. She holds a master in communication and technologies and has been working in the media business in Brazil for the last ten years. She was head of a team and gained work experience in project management. Now based in Germany, Layla connects MIRKS and Brazilian professionals and is responsible for marketing and social media.

Adriana Jiménez graduated in Education in Germany. She has vast experience in the design and management of educational projects. Her responsibilities included the cooperation with parents, teachers and community representives, as well as the introduction of modern educational concepts. Adriana Jiménez is based in Colombia but has maintained a close relationship with Germany.

Berenisse Leal Ortiz obtained her Ph.D in philosophy at the University of Navarra (Spain). Before that, she worked several years at the state counsils of culture and social development in her hometown, Monterrey, in Mexico. She has been in Germany several times and, married to a German, knows well the country and its culture.

Nadja Matiwane has 18 years international work experience in Europe and Africa both as employee and superior in the areas of employee and team development as well as in process optimisation, organisation development and culture change. As a coach it is important to her that satisfaction and success arise from a combination of preferences and abilities as well as values of people.

Holding a degree in philosophy and computer sciences, Sabrina Ulbrich not only has expertise in designing data bases but also gained experience as a woman in a male domain. Sabrina volunteers in teaching women different  programming languages enabling them to help shaping the digital world of tomorrow.