Our aim is to deliver high-quality trainings where participants can learn through experience and their own contributions. Therefore, the Intercultural Trainer Academy will be instructed by 3 – 4 trainers who are always ready to answer your specific questions and give individual feedback.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen
Dr. Kühnen is Professor of Psychology at Constructor University Bremen and Academic Chair at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, BIGSSS. He received his Dr. phil. from TU Berlin in 1998 and his Habilitation from University of Mannheim in 2003. Kühnen is also Principle Investigator and spokesperson of the DFG Research Training Group “Social Dynamics of the Self” and Study Program Chair of the Master of Science in Psychology program at Jacobs University. In his research Dr. Kühnen investigates how culture affects basic functions of the human mind. How does culture shape the way people tend to define the self? How do different kinds of self-construal in turn affect thinking, feeling, and action? Does the subjective meaning of choice differ between cultures? What is the role of religion in interpersonal perception and interaction? Does the Corona pandemic have an impact on the general value orientation in different societies? Kühnen is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and book chapter. In 2015 he published the book “Tierisch kultiviert – Menschliches Verhalten zwischen Kultur und Evolution”.
Prof. Annette Gisevius
Annette Gisevius is Head of Training at InterCultur. She facilitates intercultural trainings for various target groups, incl. teachers, faculty members and trainers with a focus on cultural awareness, cultural conflict styles and experiential learning in non-formal adult education. She has been working with corporate clients as well as teams in administration or organization in different realms. Annette also teaches as a Professor at Karlshochschule International University. She carries is a Master degree in Culture Studies from Leuphana University, Germany and a BA from Angelo State University in Texas. Annette Gisevius has worked and lived in Germany, Argentina, Chile, and the USA. She completed a formal education as an “intercultural coach”, is a certified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory, and the Cultural Detective. She is also a certified trainer of Betzavta and TOP (c) (Technology of participation).
Dr. Nadine Binder
Nadine is an independent trainer and coach, specialized in intercultural communication and intercultural competence development, international teams, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), personal development, time-/self-management, mental health awareness, and personal leadership. In addition to her independent work, Nadine is a Partner at the Institute for Developing Across Differences (IDD) where she designs professional development programs and hosts the IDD’s global community of practice. She has received her PhD in psychology from the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) for her research on designing and evaluating intercultural competence programs. Nadine continues to publish on intercultural leadership, experiential learning, and intercultural competence development and holds external lecturer positions at several higher education institutions in Germany. Nadine has received certifications from the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) in the U.S. and other learning organizations, is a trained Co-Active Coach and Senior Facilitator of Personal Leadership. Nadine has served on the leadership team of the Young Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Young SIETAR) and the World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence and she is the co-founder and co-host of the Globally Conscious Peacemakers (GCP), a virtual community of 380+ professionals and global peacemakers of all ages and backgrounds from more than 45 countries around the world.
Nele Beck is responsible for the organization and implementation of intercultural educational projects and trainings at InterCultur Her focus is on intercultural communication, cultural awareness and global contexts, as well as media education. As part of her work, she conducts training courses or advises and trains organizations and educational institutions on issues of intercultural learning in international mobility programs as well as on intercultural awareness and (digital) methodological skills. During her master’s degree in Transcultural Studies at the University of Heidelberg, she researched topics of anti nationalism, post colonialism and global hierarchies. In her master’s thesis, during a research trip to Southeast Asia, she examined the social participation of young people through media literacy
Guest Trainers (to be confirmed)
Jeremy Solomons is an independent intercultural coach, facilitator and trainer, based in Kigali, Rwanda and Austin, Texas. Born, raised and educated in England, he has lived, studied and worked for extended periods in a total of nine countries on four continents. Before going solo, Jeremy worked as a full-time banker, educator and journalist in six multinational organizations, including Citibank, JP Morgan, Reuters News Agency and the World Bank. In the Intercultural Training field, he has been co-designing and -facilitating train-the-intercultural-trainer programs for over 25 years for the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) in the USA; the University of British Columbia in Canada; the University of Lille in France; Young SIETAR in Poland and Spain; and, most recently, the Intercultural Training Academy in Germany.
Sherifa Fayez is National Director of AFS Egypt Intercultural Educational Programs since 2004. She holds a Masters degree in Intercultural Relations from University of the Pacific in California, and an Economics degree from American University in Cairo. Sherifa lives in Egypt and specializes in trainings with focus on intercultural competency targeting different age groups and professionals in Egypt, the Middle East, Africa and the US. Her work as an educator aims at lifting the veil of the pervasive reductionist perspectives on the Middle East and promoting active global citizenship as a practice in everyday settings. Sherifa co-authored Communication Across Cultures With People From the Middle East in the Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence and teaches courses related to her region The Arab World: Meaning, Identity, and Discovery at Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland and in multiple cross cultural organizations in Europe.
As the CEO of InterCultur, Steffi is not only taking care of the administrative side, but deeply involved in intercultural projects. She is managing, designing, and delivering intercultural training and educational projects with a special focus on intercultural communication, cultural awareness (especially for China), as well as international student and youth exchange projects. She is a certified trainer and her passion for working in the intercultural education field is closely tied to her many years of living and working across Asia. After studying music education and gaining additional qualifications in German as a foreign language and intercultural training, Steffi has worked for the Goethe-Institute in Asia as part of the German Federal Foreign Office’ initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future”. She has worked closely with local schools in China and Indonesia for many years, was involved in teacher training and coordinated exchange programs between Germany and China.