Luc Estapé is Executive Director of AFS Switzerland and a board member for Intermundo, the umbrella organization of nonprofit youth exchange organizations in Switzerland. Luc is a turnaround specialist and has worked as a consultant for Ericsson, the Swiss government on projects in Latvia and Lithuania, and for KPMG in Kyrgyzstan. He also worked in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and as a business manager at the Swiss chemical company Lonza. Luc is experienced in nonprofits and public-private partnerships.The Estapé family has served as an AFS Host Family. Luc holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Business Administration from the University HSG in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Junko has served as the Partner Director for AFS Japan since July 2017. After working for the advertising industry, she joined AFS in 1992 as the Regional and Program Coordinator. During 2000-2007, she served as the Marketing and Public Relations Manager, and 2007-2017, the Program Director. She has joined the AFS international program operation committees several times and is experienced in program development through several government projects. Junko graduated from Tsuda University, Tokyo in 1988. She was an AFS student herself in 1981-82 from Japan to Australia.
Derya Komitoglu Kaplan
Derya has served as the Partner Director for Turk Kultur Vakfi – AFS Turkey since August 2015. She started working for AFS in December 2003 as the Sending Coordinator and then was promoted as Program Director for the organization between 2009 to 2015. Before AFS, she had worked as a specialist at the treasury department of Turkish Bank for 4 years in Istanbul, Turkey. Her major responsibilities were analyzing the financial performances of the companies at the stock exchange markets, preparing daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly financial reports for the customers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Portsmouth in the UK.
Marcel Krause has been the Executive Board of AFS Germany since April 2019. Born in Germany, he moved to Spain in 2001 for his own intercultural experience, starting shortly after to work for AFS. As a former New Business Development Manager in a Marketing & Communications Company he decided to combine personal and mission driven goals in order to pursue a deeper impact in society. AFS was the perfect fit. He served the AFS Mission ever since in different positions on an operational and strategical level – formerly as General Manager to the AFS branch office in Madrid until he got in charge of AFS Germany. Intercultural learning was important in his career not only for personal development but also for becoming a global citizen.
Ingeborg has served as the Partner Director for AFS Austria since January 2015. She started working for AFS in June 1996 as the Sending Coordinator and from 1998 until 2011 as Program Director. From 2011 until 2014 she was responsible for Organizational Development and Marketing at AFS Austria. She holds a Master’s degree in political science, history and sociology from the University of Vienna and received a scholarship to Cornell University for her thesis on the Amish. In 2011 she completed an MBA, specializing in Marketing & Sales at the WU Executive Academy in Vienna. She has hosted AFS students and has sent her daughter abroad with AFS.
Ulrik Wehner is Partner Director of AFS Denmark. Ulrik began his career in social work and health care, including serving as the Deputy Director of a home for abused and neglected children. He then moved into the international exchange field, first as the Assistant National Director of Youth For Understanding in Denmark. Ulrik is currently on the boards of Naturama natural history museum and Fjord and Baelt, a marine life research and experience center. Ulrik is an AFS Alumnus and former Board Member of AFS Denmark. He holds a Diploma in Leadership at University College Lillebaelt.