Gabi Hegan is the Founder and CEO of CityKinder and HEIMAT abroad. She is also the organizer of the ICH BIN EXPAT Fair.
Gabi arrived in New York in the fall of 1999 with 2 suitcases in her hands. After a successful career in the hotel industry she was looking forward to settle for a quieter life-style with her new baby in 2009. The house-wife “bliss” did not last long as the active New Yorker by choice was soon looking for new opportunities while staying home with her daughter Lily. In May 2010 she was looking for other German-speaking families in the area. When she could not find any resources on-line, the idea for CityKinder was born and operations started in October 2010.
CityKinder has since grown to be a life-style and community website for German speaking families offering events, groups, classes, blogs, a large resource listing and many opportunities for families to meet and connect.
In 2017 all stars aligned and we added the first ICH BIN EXPAT FAIR in New York City to the list of our annual events.