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The Team, that'll get you to the next level

We see ourselves less as a company than as a team of people who help others to grow beyond themselves. Honesty and transparency are just as important to us as an open and welcoming corporate culture. We look forward to getting to know you: Hi! 👋

Experience on all levels

Dalia Das


For more than 15 years, the Hamburg native with Indian roots worked in business development for companies such as AOL Europe and the Bertelsmann Group. In the process, she repeatedly discovered that the implementation of the digital transformation depends massively on the availability of qualified employees. In recent years, she accompanied a U.S. education fund with a focus on investments in innovative education and workforce acquisition models. There, she came to appreciate the established Technology Bootcamps that successfully train career changers to become in-demand developers and Data Scientists. These bootcamps not only create more digital workers, but also more diversity in digital jobs. Without further ado, she founded in Germany; the birth of neuefische - School and Pool for Digital Talent. "Don't complain, just do it," is her motto.

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Jerry Erbs

Department Head Web Development + Java Development + AWS Cloud Computing

Concentrated experience from over 15 years of development: In permanent positions and as a freelancer, Jerry has already worked for renowned companies such as JvM Next, SinnerSchrader, Libri and XING. As a coach, participants and employers alike appreciate him because he always intersperses playful elements for a sense of achievement without losing sight of modern technologies and clean code. 


Jerry Erbs, Head of the Web Development department

Nico Steffen

Lead Coach Data Part-Time + Data Science

Don't Panic! From Machines to Machine-learning – Nico is a travel companion to the data-driven world.

Nico Steffen coach

Katharina Döpke

Head Coach IT Project Management

Katharina brings over 15 years of permanent and freelance experience from the IT world and now teaches others what she has been doing there at the highest level: agile IT project management. She loves working hand-in-hand with teams of developers and international environments. So it's no wonder that she has already ensured order, efficiency and fun in complex web projects at tech players like XING and Google. Most recently, she helped build the IT agency Factorial. Now she is – fortunately – part of the neue fische coaching team.

Florian Weber

Lead Coach Java Development

Florian has been gathering insights into software development since 2011 and has already created many of his own projects. During his computer science studies, he was already in charge of the website of the Fraunhofer Institute and completed our Java Bootcamp himself in 2021. It all went so well that he joined us as a coach in the same year and has been inspiring new fish with his affinity for algorithmic thinking ever since.

Dominic Destrait

Lead Coach Java Development

Dominic's passion for software began in his youth. With his solution-oriented way of thinking and his practical skills, he has already successfully trained many boot camps and always has an open ear for the students!

Evgeny Savin

Head of Data Science and Data Analytics

Evgeny's history in data science actually began when he was studying economics for his master's degree. He is largely self-taught and has worked as a data scientist at Paypal, Here and Smava. There he developed, implemented and maintained machine learning for various use cases. When the opportunity arose to help others at neue fische to enter the field of his passion, the decision was easy for him. Ever since, Evgeny has enjoyed coaching students and helping them tackle real-world data science challenges.

Ernst Stolz

Lead Coach Web Development

Unusual name? Yes, but that's not all! With a German-Russian migration background, Ernst is aware of the challenges that come with moving to an unfamiliar environment. His passion is to teach career changers to switch to web development. He not only speaks German and English, but also JavaScript in the browser and on the server. As a freelancer and full-stack developer, he has many years of experience in the field of web development and, by the way, is not as unfunny as his name suggests.

Dominic Singaraj

Lead Coach AWS Cloud Computing

As a true AWS Cloud fanatic, Dominic has already managed and implemented various projects of his own over the last 20 years and has continuously developed himself in the field. Born in India, Dominic has an impressive and diverse academic background, having studied mathematics in Madras, India, and AI and data science in the US, where he worked for many years. Dominic has been teaching since his university days and as a coach at neue fische he would like to inspire interested IT newbies with the topic of his heart, AWS Cloud Computing.

Maike Kunsmann

Lead Coach UX/UI Design

With more than 15 years in UX/UI design, our coach Maike brings a lot of (management) experience in the areas of design thinking, UX and product strategy. Before neue fische, she was employed in the UX design team at XING for five years (most recently as team lead), but has also worked for many large customers such as Allianz, Beiersdorf and Hapag Lloyd.

Elvedin Turkovic

Lead Coach Java Development

International experience in a wide variety of companies and industries? Our esteemed colleague Elvedin brings quite a bit of that with him. To be precise: 14 years of professional experience, 10 of which as a software consultant in several start-ups from San Francisco and Austin. In Germany, he then gained three years of experience in the automotive and medical industries. And now he is finally with us! With his high standards for clean code and use of cutting-edge technologies, we can always rely on his expertise as Head of Java and AWS - thanks for being part of our team! By the way: In his spare time, Elvedin is a real extreme sportsman and enjoys skydiving, motorcycling and snowboarding.

Peter Anderson

Lead Coach Web Development

Hailing from Scotland and a globetrotter by nature, Peter is a web development enthusiast with an unconventional journey. His foray into the realm of web development commenced with the deployment of his first website in 2006 (still running to this day). As the years went by he transitioned into an adept full-stack developer. In 2018, he cemented his expertise through an intensive bootcamp. Yet, Peter's quest for knowledge did not conclude there; he transitioned into an instructor role, dedicating more than four years to mentor and guide budding web developers on their personal odysseys in the field whilst also working as a Frontend Developer in a startup.

Bo Balachsan

Head of UX/UI

As Head of Department, Bo (Originating from Israel) is committed to driving innovation and collaboration to creating the best education and community platform for re-skilling, up-skilling and empowering people to become knowledgeable, creative and humane product professionals. Bo's holistic approach to design thinking, coupled with his expertise in processes and systems, coaching / mentoring skills, and experience in building successful product teams, has earned him a reputation as a highly effective leader and facilitator of growth and impact. With over 12 years of experience as a hands-on designer, design lead, coach and facilitator, Bo is committed to helping individuals and teams unlock their creativity and reach their full potential.

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We promote DiversITy: Let's work together, let's code the future! 🌈


Do you still have questions? Our admissions team will answer them! No matter whether you still need guidance when choosing your future bootcamp or a competent contact person in the application process for your lateral entry- they are there for you! Get to know the great people behind it:

Marie Zahnen

Admissions Manager

Prior to neuefische, Marie did an office management apprenticeship in a management consultancy and joined their HR team afterwards. She drove the entire Data Science recruitment process and all HR management topics. Marie started with neuefische in March 2023 and she is based in Cologne. Fun Fact: Marie likes to collect rare, tropical plants.

Maria Wahlers

Admissions Manager

Maria had a 360° change in careers as she studied and worked as a physical therapist before. She still loves being able to help people, now the focus is on their career choices in tech. But she still helps people – to make the right decision: to make a career change into IT.

Melina Pelzer

Admissions Manager

Originally from Lake Constance, Melanie moved for her Master M.Sc. Sociology & Social Research to Cologne. The professional path led from research to a store manager position in a café, to a sales manager position in an ice cream start-up, to freelance work for Teddy Teclebrhan and ultimately to the admissions team at neue fische. Anything but linear, but all jobs had in common that she enjoys working with people.

Stefanie Grimnitz

Admissions Assistant

With a background in Tech sales in various positions and countries, Stefanie switched career completely in 2023 and became a freelance Life Coach. Strongly believing in New Work, Stefanie joined neuefische to find a balance between Coaching & Admissions work, combining her passion in helping and supporting people.

Amelie Rüther

Admissions & Marketing Manager

After Amelie finished her masters degree in sustainable destination management all over Europe, she started working as a (HR-) manager at the CinemaxX Hamburg Dammtor. After several years within the event industry, she decided that it is time for a change and a dive into a more sustainable industry. Amelie started working at neue fische December 2021 and is based in Hamburg. Fun Fact: She won a Harry Potter crossword puzzle without ever reading one of the books.

Sarah Eßmann

Admissions Manager

After a decade in retail, most recently as a store manager, and a brief stint in the recruitment industry, where she placed IT specialists and managers, Sarah has now joined the Admissions team in Hamburg. Nerdalert: Whether roguelike, MMORPG, moba or card games - if you don't find her on the climbing wall, then on the console or PC.

Program Management and Career Development

A bootcamp like this can be pretty intense... How good would it be to have someone at your side who you can confide in with your worries? Or maybe there are organizational questions, feedback, etc.? No problem: Our Program Management and Career Development team is here to help and advise you! By the way: Our colleagues also know what you're looking for and will be happy to support you when you start your job!

Franz Wilhelmy

Student Service

Before Franz joined neue fische he was working as a Coach and in the HR department in different companies. He has a bachelor’s degree in business psychology and a qualification as office clerk. Funfact: Franz loves fantasy novels. Especially The Witcher and The Lord of the Rings.

Robin Liedel

Team Lead Career Development

Robin has been a proud part of the team since 2022. In his role as Team Lead Career Development, he oversees both new fish and the Spiced Academy, supporting our students on their journey into the dynamic world of tech careers. With a background as a sports psychologist and extensive experience in business coaching, personnel development, recruiting and career counselling, his focus is on accompanying the individual career journey of our students. His aim is to provide them with the necessary tools and confidence to successfully position themselves in the modern job market.

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