MEET 42 BERLIN

We are a non-profit coding school offering software engineering education completely tuition free. By making tech education more accessible and inclusive, we empower the next generation of coders.

Founded in 2021 and based in central Neukölln, we train our students up to the equivalent of Master’s level and implement peer-learning methodologies that give autonomy to each student.

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42 Berlin Staff

Meet the people who make 42 Berlin possible: 

Stephanie Levy

CEO of the 42 Wolfsburg and 42 Berlin Schools.

Stephanie is the CEO of the 42 Wolfsburg and 42 Berlin Schools. She is dedicated to providing international students with access to top level tech education and professional development opportunities while increasing diversity in the tech industry.Her professional experience includes expanding business development as the General Manager DACH at Inspera AS, and developing new virtual internship programs as the Senior Director of Operations, Global Internships at CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange. Stephanie’s focus is on intercultural collaboration, innovation, sustainability, and the future of work. Her goal is to support the 42 Wolfsburg and 42 Berlin teams and students, and facilitate the growth of the 42 partnerships and network.

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Adrian Peña

Pedago Intern

After Adrian finished the 42 core curriculum in 42 Malaga, he was looking for a new challenge that lead him to 42 Berlin. Adrian loves the pedagogical system and wanted to try new things. His mission at 42 is to learn and help others to learn, as he believes community growth is the most powerful tool to grow personally and professionally.

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Bogdan Tudor

Operations Assistant

Bogdan is a 42 Berlin student, while assisting the Operations team. After completing the Highschool of Arts, he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Timișoara (FAUT) in 2017 and completed a master’s degree in Urban Planning (UAT) at the same university in 2020. He worked as an intern for almost a year at Studio Bargone, a famous architecture firm in Rome, Italy. After returning to Romania, he worked in the faculty as an assistant in Architecture Planning and also in an architecture studio (D Proiect). In Berlin since 2012, Bogdan worked as an intern for Studio Burdakov, where he focused on various projects with architectural themes. Today, he still collaborates with the studio but as a freelancer.

Daniel Hadley

Pedagogy Co-Lead

Dan co-leads our pedagogy to ensure that each student has the best education possible, and works hard to provide a cutting edge learning environment that is optimised for problem solving, team work, and play. Dan studied languages and linguistics in Dublin, before transitioning to software engineering at the 42 Paris campus in 2016. He used his skills to build his own company and got selected to be part of the Future 40 2021 at Station F. Being a 42 alumni himself, Dan uses his first-hand experience of the programme to take students to the limits of their academic capabilities and desires, and prepare them for the world of tomorrow.
 

Jonas Hagedorn

Educational Strategy Lead

Jonas is the Education Strategy Lead for 42 Wolfsburg/Berlin and oversees the educational offerings for our students. This begins with curriculum enhancements from our partners and the offerings in our sponsorship deals. He is expanding our Fellowship program with over 150 experts from industry and academia, enabling our students to transition seamlessly into the job market and excel in their careers. After finishing high school, Jonas moved to Thailand to play online poker for a living; however, his mind became fascinated by stochastics and statistics, leading him to study mathematics.

Jonas worked as a Data Science Consultant for 3 years at Deloitte before studying at 42 himself. He fully integrates himself into the student community and is ready to solve any queries students may have.

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Josef Sühr

Partnerships Lead

Leading our Partnerships at 42 Wolfsburg & 42 Berlin, Josef forges strategic alliances with the tech ecosystem. His mission at 42 is to leverage partnerships to create value for our students, to ensure the sustainable financial development of our schools and to spread our mission far and wide in the public arena.

Want to work with 42? Get in touch with Josef!

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Karswaran Ganesh

Campus Life Manager

Kars is our Campus life Manager, working within the operations and pedagogy teams. He oversees the smooth running of the campus, as well as taking care of our community, planning events and getting everyone involved. Kars’s previous experience lies in gastronomy, managing the restaurant Mrs Robinson’s in Berlin, where he gained valuable experience in running a tight ship, and dealing with people from all walks of life. Kars’s personal mission at 42 Berlin is to provide a smiling face to anyone and everyone, and make each student feel like they are part of a genuine community.

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Lola Le

Tech Intern

Lola is a tech intern and student at 42 Berlin. Before moving to Berlin in 2022, she worked as a graphic designer and had her own screen printing lab in Moscow. In the past, Lola studied industrial design and performed in contemporary dance shows in a small city located between Europe and Asia.

Lola is always eager to try new things and gain different experiences. She believes that working hard and being kind to others are essential for a happy life.

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Magdalena Skorupska

Marketing Lead

Magda, Head of Marketing & PR at 42, makes sure the 42 word is spread as far as possible. She coordinates all of our marketing projects that put our school on potential students’ radars. Magda is a lawyer by education and a digital marketeer by experience of over 8 years. After working for Marketing Agencies in New Zealand and Poland focusing on Search Engine Marketing, she moved deeper into the Marketing-Tech world in Berlin where she’s been leading Digital Marketing teams and Strategy since 2015. Coming from a family of teachers, Magda has seen the injustices of the educational first hand; millions of people struggle to find well-paid jobs, whilst completely unaware of their potential. On top of this, there is an immense gap in the market and a need for well educated coders. Magda believes 42 builds a bridge for so many people to gracefully enter a job they love and use their skillset to create powerful tech. 

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Max the Dog

Chief Happiness Officer

Max is our Chief Happiness Officer. Orginally from Poland, Max moved to Berlin in 2019, hoping to spread his happiness to the people here. He joined the team with our campus life manager, Kars, and has been warming the hearts of all who walk the hallways of 42 Berlin. Max ensures that the community has a furry friend to cheer them up when they are down, and someone to play (and cuddle) with in between code.

Maxime Siffert

Education Assistant

Maxime’s journey to 42 Berlin has been driven by a passion for education and a desire to transform traditional learning paradigms. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature, he found his love for teaching as a French language instructor for foreigners. However, he soon realized that conventional classrooms didn’t align with his vision of effective education. After exploring diverse opportunities, Maxime stumbled upon 42 Berlin. Recognizing its innovative approach, he joined as a student and later became an Education Assistant.

Maxime’s mission at 42 Berlin is simple: empower students to excel. He focuses on time management, stress reduction, procrastination, and productivity to help them navigate their educational journey effectively. Together, we’re shaping the future of education, one step at a time.

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Pedro Ruiz

Tech Lead

Pedro has also joined the 42 team as a tech intern this year. Coming from Spain, Pedro has a background in Agriculture Engineering … so if you need help with plants, he’s your guy. After lots of contemplation during the pandemic, Pedro decided to join 42 Madrid and, after 1.5 years, he fell in love with the methodology and wanted to participate in offering an alternative to traditional education. Aside from Pedro’s on duty missions, he loves music (his band has reached over 1 million plays on Spotify!), is an avid chess player, and loves to make things … so you’ll probably spot him in the FabLab once it’s in action!

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Vanessa Hernández Zambrano

Governance Officer

Vanessa works as the Governance Officer for both 42 Berlin and 42 Wolfsburg, as well as operating as the Assistant to Ralf, our CEO & headmaster. Vanessa is a multidisciplinary professional with a holistic approach to international relations and business, and with passion for meaningful work. She obtained her master’s degree in Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy from the Uni Erfurt in 2022, and has developed her skills from previous experience in Ecuador, France and Germany at international institutions, NGOs and in the public sector. She has a particular interest in international affairs, development and governance, and is an active advocate for women’s empowerment, human and environmental rights. Having joined 42 Wolfsburg and Berlin in October 2022, she has her focus on contributing to the community and organisational structure with Ralf and the teams to support the unique 42 learning experience! Feel free give her a shout if you see her around, in particular about geeky stuff and music, which she is very fond of.

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Viola Sommer

Operations Lead

As operations lead, Viola takes control of all things to do with the daily running of the school: the campus, financials, HR, recruitment, networking, office management … and the list goes on! Viola is a psychologist specialized in neurodiversity, however she spent 14 years in London where she founded a successful tech company employing autistic people as coders. Her creation became the largest social enterprise in the UK and attracted investment by Richard Branson and the Porsche family. In 2020, she moved to Berlin with her family and fell in love with 42. Viola’s passion lies in making tech more diverse and wanting to build a campus with maximum flexibility to accommodate for different needs, alongside a community that is at the forefront of innovation and inclusion in Germany.

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