Meet the team

We’re a group of highly skilled professionals who bring a variety of skills and expertise to the table. We find the perfect solutions for our clients – and look dang good doing it!

Get in touch with any of us directly via the linked email addresses, or the listed extension number (just enter the respective extension number after the recorded message).

Andre Hemker
CEO

Andre Hemker

Andre holds a Master of Arts in Translation and a BA in English, both from the University of Leipzig. He is an expert in language technology and always strives to make cutting-edge solutions available to our clients. He’s known as a big-picture thinker who trusts his team to handle the nitty-gritty. Andre is a self-taught audio engineer who built the entire studio at Wordcraft from scratch. Additionally, he’s a drummer and often develops his best ideas while working on a new beat. He’s a night owl and is known to fall into a wormhole building his own digital empires – he makes the “rail” money as a virtual railroad tycoon.

+49 341 928 80 19 (21)

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Accounting

Andrea Baumgart
Controlling & Accounting

Andrea Baumgart

Andrea has a degree in business administration from the University of Kiel and handles all financial matters at Wordcraft. She is also our expert for all questions on the Saxon dialect and keeps the rest of the office in line with tactics from the handball court, where she coaches a women’s handball team. She is judicious with the money but generous in everything else. Andrea is a member of the Word of the Day Club and is constantly improving her English, often by traveling to exotic locations, like Thuringia and Malaysia. When she’s not improving her language skills, she likes to spend time at her “Datsche”, aka cabin in the woods.

+49 341 9288 019 (30)

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Audiovisual

Jana Wand
Head of Audiovisual

Jana Wand

Jana is Head of the Audiovisual department at Wordcraft and holds a Master’s in Translation from the University of Leipzig. She is responsible for all audiovisual translation and localization workflows, including subtitling and voice-over recording, although we’re never sure if she’s working or just watching Netflix. In addition, she is the official German voice of Wordcraft Academy and has been featured in several documentaries for TV and film – you can also hear a sample of her work by calling us since she’s the voice of our telecom system. She’s an excellent writer with a knack for transforming any text into a compelling recording. She reports directly to Lotti (see below) and, as an astronomy enthusiast, spends much of her free time observing the stars.

+49 341 928 80 19 (12)

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Corporate Training

Julia Nesswetha
Training & Account Manager

Julia Nesswetha

Julia completed her studies as a Language, Literature and Theatre Scientist at the University of Leipzig in 2009. At Wordcraft, she’s in charge of Corporate Language Training, organizing and planning training courses, and developing training material and pedagogical concepts. She is the point of contact for all our language training clients, and manages the entire workflow, from needs consultation and course planning through invoicing. She’s our go-to expert for Czech translations, as well as complicated German grammar questions. Julia keeps our feelgood management department running smoothly by doing the important work of interpreting Lotti-isms. Her excellent fashion sense and love of art and theatre perfectly balance out the rest of the Wordcraft nerds, but you’re just as likely to find her at an obscure power metal show.

+49 341 9288 019 (14)

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Jessica Kahle
Training & Account Manager

Jessica Kahle

Jessica graduated magna cum laude from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a dual degree in Special and Elementary Education. In addition to developing and implementing eLearning projects, Jessica also has a hand in planning and organizing courses. She is responsible for all internal technical processes and workflow management. She often supports the translation department with tricky American English questions, and manages all of our Social Media channels. Jessica is the English voice for Wordcraft Academy. She is an expert on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and spends much of her free time introducing the next generation to Star Trek.

+49 341 9288 019 (16)

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Sales

James Parsons
Head of Sales

James Parsons

James has a degree in Linguistics, French, and Swahili from the University of York in England and the Université de Rennes in France. At times, it seems like he knows everyone in Leipzig – that comes in handy as the head of our Sales department. At Wordcraft, he is responsible for sourcing new clients and networking. He is a polyglot with the ability to hold a conversation with anyone and has called Leipzig his home for more than two decades. James is a huge football fan – originating from Southampton, England, he has supported the Saints for as long as he can remember.

+49 341 928 80 19 (22)

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Translation & Localization

Maik Mehlhose
Head of Translation & Account Manager

Maik Mehlhose

While completing his MA in Specialized Translation (Arabic/German) and Arabic Studies at the University of Leipzig and Ain Shams University, Cairo, Maik became interested in translation workflows, CAT tools and translation project management. At Wordcraft, he is responsible for the management of translation projects and the creation of translation workflows. In partnership with Wordbee, Maik is the point person for customer consultations; he is also part of the team developing audiovisual training materials. In his free time, he is deeply interested in outer space conquest – when he’s not studying the directives of Star Trek, he is mastering his own universe-domination strategies in Stellaris.

+49 341 9288 019 (11)

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Nicole Dietz
Translation Project Manager & Event Coordinator

Nicole Dietz

Nicole studied ethnology, communication, and media sciences at the University of Leipzig after training as a state-certified international tourism assistant. She is responsible for all stages of translation project management, including Quality Assurance, meaning that she is the primary point of contact for all our translation clients. She also handles the planning, organization, and execution of corporate events. Nicole seems to have the power to bend time and space, extending deadlines for suppliers while still meeting client requirements and keeping her candy drawer stocked no matter how often the rest of the team raids it.

+49 341 9288 019 (10)

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Annika Kaiser
Localization Solutions Architecture

Annika Kaiser

Annika received a BA (Honors) in Linguistics from the University of Calgary, Canada. In 2018, she attained a Udacity Front-End Web Nanodegree which covered the fundamentals of JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5. She is versed in several popular front-end web technologies and frameworks and has been known to spend free time with her nose in a Linux system, server-side programming with Node.js. Good luck pinning her accent to a world map: she was born in South Africa to German parents and spent her formative years in Canada. Annika is our most well-rounded nerd – with interests in both sci-fi and fantasy, as well as weight lifting and plant care.

+49 341 928 80 19 (13)

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Jamie Grasse
In-house Translations & QA

Jamie Grasse

Jamie has a Philosophy BA from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and an MA in Philosophy from Albert-Ludwig Universität in Freiburg im Breisgau. She is the newest Wordcrafter and quickly solidified her role as a superhero marketing text writer, coming up with awesome slogans on the fly. Jamie is mostly responsible for our in-house English translations and proofreading and also takes on Project Management tasks as needed. She has a wickedly quick sense of humor that transfers between several different languages, keeping everyone in the office on their toes. When she’s not cultivating plants, she’s protecting them from her cats, Simone and Bertold.

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Richard Lee Sinclair
English QA & Translations

Richard Lee Sinclair

Richard studied English Language at the University of Nottingham (PGCE). He supports us in numerous translation projects, both as a translator and as a proofreader. He is our go-to gastronomy and hotelier expert – he has a way of making even the simplest of dishes sound decadent. He is a passionate amateur ornithologist who enjoys documenting the bird life in his surroundings, and a collector of all things Queen Elizabeth II. As our second British transplant, he also loves football – his team of choice is Nottingham Forest.

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Lotti Hemker-Wand
Head of Security

Lotti Hemker-Wand

Our resident chihuahua makes sure the office runs smoothly and securely. She is an expert in kitchen floor cleaning with an advanced certification in Feel Good Management. She also fills the role of head of security, warning the office staff of potential stranger danger. Lotti is beyond language and has trained the other Wordcrafters, especially Julia, how to communicate for her. She is a passionate foodie without being overly picky and has won numerous competitive noodle-eating contests.