Our Team

International, friendly and multi-talented

Our top developers from Aachen are specialized in digital media signal processing and systems engineering. Led by Hauke Krüger, who is already known through multiple publications in the areas of digital signal processing, including significant contributions to the Opus codec algorithm, they develop innovative software solutions to revolutionize the broadcasting industry. The capable minds of Ferncast include Bernd Geiser, Florian Wickert, Thomas Schlien and Christian Thierfeld, all of them skilled experts from Germany’s leading technical universities.

Our Sales & Marketing team is responsible for creating value for our customers and communicating the advantages our innovative audio streaming solutions. Virginie Danker and Kathya Garcia are bringing their international experience to the team. Tobias Dornbush, our Documentation & Product Expert, is always available and happy to answer all your questions. Many externals are also bringing their expertise to the Marketing Team: graphic designer, SEO specialist, webmaster, UI designer, and more.

We are all dedicated to answer the specific needs of the end users and to offer the best service 24/7 to our customers!

Discover your Ferncast Team!

Detlef Wiese

Detlef Wiese

CEO

Detlef studied Sound Engineering in Düsseldorf before moving into his research phase at the IRT in Munich. The focus of his investigations between 1988 and 1992 had been audio encoding, which had a strong impact on the standardization of MPEG Audio Layer 2. Beyond a variety of publications, more than 30 patent applications document his activity providing innovative solutions to the audio experts especially in the radio industry.

He has also guided various companies to success in the radio broadcasting market.

When he is not fiddling around with a new invention, Detlef is dedicating time to his passion: music. He is a song writer and he is also playing the piano and singing.

Hauke Krüger

Hauke Krüger

CTO

Hauke studied Electrical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen and received his Dr.-Ing. degree in 2010 on the topic of low delay audio coding. He has been involved in audio signal processing and audio transmission for over 15 years and has published multiple international papers and patents.

Even though he is very busy with administrating and managing Ferncast, he will always make some time to take a look into the Ferncast software due to share his insights and passion.

Hauke loves to spend time with his wife and 3 children. In summer he loves to catch some waves in the Atlantic Ocean with his huge longboard.

Virginie Davin Danker

Virginie Davin Danker

Marketing Manager

Virginie studied at the EDHEC Business School in France and received her degree as Master-Marketing.

She has a lot of experience in the telecommunication industry and has lived in places all over the world, including Paris, Helsinki, Buenos Aires and Amsterdam before joining the Ferncast team in Germany as Marketing Manager. She is responsible for all marketing activities and planning, as well as being our PR contact here at Ferncast.

She loves spending time with her family, but she is also an avid globetrotter, travelling and discovering new cultures whenever she can.

Bernd Geiser

Bernd Geiser

Senior Audio Engineer

Bernd studied Electrical Engineering & Information Technology at the RWTH Aachen, receiving the Dr.-Ing. degree in 2012 with contributions to backwards compatible speech and audio coding and standardization.

At Ferncast, he is responsible for implementation of audio signal processing algorithms as well as audio transmission systems.

For leisure he loves spending time with his family, enjoys cooking, hiking and improving his piano skills.

Thomas Schlien

Thomas Schlien

Senior Software Engineer

Like most of our crew, Thomas studied at the RWTH Aachen and is soon going to earn his doctorate in Electrical Engineering.

He is usually taking care of a wide variety of tasks here at Ferncast. Whether implementing new technologies like AES67, maintaining and improving our infrastructure or helping the other developers with their projects, Thomas is a versatile handyman.

His hobbies include realizing exciting microcontroller projects and singing in a choir.

Apeksha Rahangdale

Apeksha Rahangdale

Junior Frontend Developer

Apeksha is currently studying Computational Social Systems at the RWTH Aachen and she is taking over many tasks in the development of the aixtream front end.

After her bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, she worked a lot in UI/UX design at her past positions in India and brings a lot of experience in that field to the team. This will allow us to refine our UI even further, in order to maintain a cutting-edge front-end design.

Since coming to Europe, she developed a passion for bicycling and wants to explore more of the continent whenever possible.

Christian Thierfeld

Christian Thierfeld

Junior Frontend Developer

 

Christian is the newest member of our team coming from the RWTH Aachen, where he too studied Electrical Engineering and is soon going to earn his Master of Science in Computer Engineering. For Ferncast his first contributions were in the development of the Customer Service Center and assisting in the front end. He quickly picks up new skills, which is an invaluable talent for our dynamic and agile development. Now he is becoming increasingly involved in future front end improvements.

He has a variety of interests to fill his free time. He plays badminton as well as the piano and recently began learning to speak French.

Florian Wickert

Florian Wickert

Senior Development Engineer

Florian studied Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Engineering at the RWTH Aachen, earning a degree as Master of Science.

For Ferncast he is involved in all forms of software development, from initial design to bug fixing, and is our flexible jack-of-all-trades. Florian also interacts directly with customers to help and gather feedback, for example for custom software adaptations.

In his free time he enjoys traveling and the great outdoors, especially if he gets to climb, hike and go canyoning.

Kathya Garcia

Kathya Garcia

Marketing Assistant

Kathya comes from Mexico, but having lived in eight other countries, she has a multicultural perspective. She is currently working on her MSc. in Digital Technology Entrepreneurship at Hochschule München (Munich University) and is now reinforcing the Marketing Team at Ferncast.

She has experience in project management and enjoys being part of cross-functional teams where there is a focus on innovation and disruption.

In her free time, Kathya likes to read, paint, and learn German, though her real passion lies with nature.

Tobias Dornbusch

Tobias Dornbusch

Documentation & Support Engineer

 

Tobias studied International Professional Communication at the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences and devotes his skills in Technical Translation and Editing to various tasks here at Ferncast. As our foremost wordsmith he takes care of most kinds of communication, including documentation and support.

He ensures that our communication is both professional and modern, just like our software.

Tobias not only spends a lot of his time with language at work, but also in his free time as an avid reader and enjoys traveling a lot, another outlet for his passion for languages and culture.

Evely Peuker

Evelyn Peuker

Financial Accountant

 

Evelyn is in charge of all the administrative tasks. She has been working as financial accountant and sales assistant for 45 years in various companies. At Ferncast, she is the contact person for all questions and tasks in the areas of financial accounting and HR in cooperation with the tax office.

For leisure she loves to spend a lot of time with her family and enjoys sports, especially cycling and hiking in the mountains.

Birgit Staats

Birgit Staats

SEM Specialist

Birgit is our specialist for Search Engine Marketing and takes care of the optimization of our website for search engines as well as for users. She lives in Berlin and she is fully integrated in our processes and meetings thanks to today’s online communication tools.

In order to balance the digital part of her life, she loves being in nature with her four-legged Zen master Benji, a miniature poodle. That’s how she re-energizes herself for further projects.

 

 

Discover your Ferncast Team!

Detlef Wiese

Detlef Wiese

CEO

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Detlef studied Sound Engineering in Düsseldorf before moving into his research phase at the IRT in Munich. The focus of his investigations between 1988 and 1992 had been audio encoding, which had a strong impact on the standardization of MPEG Audio Layer 2. Beyond a variety of publications, more than 30 patent applications document his activity providing innovative solutions to the audio experts especially in the radio industry.

He has also guided various companies to success in the radio broadcasting market.
When he is not fiddling around with a new invention, Detlef is dedicating time to his passion: music. He is a song writer and he is also playing the piano and singing.

Hauke Krüger

Hauke Krüger

CTO

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Hauke studied Electrical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen and received his Dr.-Ing. degree in 2010 on the topic of low delay audio coding. He has been involved in audio signal processing and audio transmission for over 15 years and has published multiple international papers and patents.

Even though he is very busy with administrating and managing Ferncast, he will always make some time to take a look into the Ferncast software due to share his insights and passion.

Hauke loves to spend time with his wife and 3 children. In summer he loves to catch some waves in the Atlantic Ocean with his huge longboard.

Virginie Davin Danker

Virginie Davin Danker

Marketing Manager

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Virginie studied at the EDHEC Business School in France and received her degree as Master-Marketing.

She has a lot of experience in the telecommunication industry and has lived in places all over the world, including Paris, Helsinki, Buenos Aires and Amsterdam before joining the Ferncast team in Germany as Marketing Manager. She is responsible for all marketing activities and planning, as well as being our PR contact here at Ferncast.

She loves spending time with her family, but she is also an avid globetrotter, travelling and discovering new cultures whenever she can.

Bernd Geiser

Bernd Geiser

Senior Audio Engineer

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Bernd studied Electrical Engineering & Information Technology at the RWTH Aachen, receiving the Dr.-Ing. degree in 2012 with contributions to backwards compatible speech and audio coding and standardization.

At Ferncast, he is responsible for implementation of audio signal processing algorithms as well as audio transmission systems.

For leisure he loves spending time with his family, enjoys cooking, hiking and improving his piano skills.

Thomas Schlien

Thomas Schlien

Senior Software Engineer

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Like most of our crew, Thomas studied at the RWTH Aachen and is soon going to earn his doctorate in Electrical Engineering.

He is usually taking care of a wide variety of tasks here at Ferncast. Whether implementing new technologies like AES67, maintaining and improving our infrastructure or helping the other developers with their projects, Thomas is a versatile handyman.

His hobbies include realizing exciting microcontroller projects and singing in a choir.

Apeksha Rahangdale

Apeksha Rahangdale

Junior Frontend Developer

show more

Apeksha is currently studying Computational Social Systems at the RWTH Aachen and she is taking over many tasks in the development of the aixtream front end.

After her bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, she worked a lot in UI/UX design at her past positions in India and brings a lot of experience in that field to the team. This will allow us to refine our UI even further, in order to maintain a cutting-edge front-end design.

Since coming to Europe, she developed a passion for bicycling and wants to explore more of the continent whenever possible.

Christian Thierfeld

Christian Thierfeld

Junior Frontend Developer

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Christian is the newest member of our team coming from the RWTH Aachen, where he too studied Electrical Engineering and is soon going to earn his Master of Science in Computer Engineering. For Ferncast his first contributions were in the development of the Customer Service Center and assisting in the front end. He quickly picks up new skills, which is an invaluable talent for our dynamic and agile development. Now he is becoming increasingly involved in future front end improvements.

He has a variety of interests to fill his free time. He plays badminton as well as the piano and recently began learning to speak French.

Florian Wickert

Florian Wickert

Senior Development Engineer

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Florian studied Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Engineering at the RWTH Aachen, earning a degree as Master of Science.

For Ferncast he is involved in all forms of software development, from initial design to bug fixing, and is our flexible jack-of-all-trades. Florian also interacts directly with customers to help and gather feedback, for example for custom software adaptations.
In his free time he enjoys traveling and the great outdoors, especially if he gets to climb, hike and go canyoning.

Kathya Garcia

Kathya Garcia

Marketing Assistant

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Kathya comes from Mexico, but having lived in eight other countries, she has a multicultural perspective. She is currently working on her MSc. in Digital Technology Entrepreneurship at Hochschule München (Munich University) and is now reinforcing the Marketing Team at Ferncast.

She has experience in project management and enjoys being part of cross-functional teams where there is a focus on innovation and disruption.

In her free time, Kathya likes to read, paint, and learn German, though her real passion lies with nature.

Tobias Dornbusch

Tobias Dornbusch

Documentation & Support Engineer

show more

Tobias studied International Professional Communication at the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences and devotes his skills in Technical Translation and Editing to various tasks here at Ferncast. As our foremost wordsmith he takes care of most kinds of communication, including documentation and support. He ensures that our communication is both professional and modern, just like our software.

Tobias not only spends a lot of his time with language at work, but also in his free time as an avid reader and enjoys traveling a lot, another outlet for his passion for languages and culture.

Evelyn Peuker

Evelyn Peuker

Financial Accountant

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Evelyn is in charge of all the administrative tasks. She has been working as financial accountant and sales assistant for 45 years in various companies. At Ferncast, she is the contact person for all questions and tasks in the areas of financial accounting and HR in cooperation with the tax office.

For leisure she loves to spend a lot of time with her family and enjoys sports, especially cycling and hiking in the mountains.

Birgit Staats

Birgit Staats

SEM Specialist

show more

Birgit is our specialist for Search Engine Marketing and takes care of the optimization of our website for search engines as well as for users. She lives in Berlin and she is fully integrated in our processes and meetings thanks to today’s online communication tools.

In order to balance the digital part of her life, she loves being in nature with her four-legged Zen master Benji, a miniature poodle. That’s how she re-energizes herself for further projects.