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Mine Albasan

earned her master’s degree in Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. At the Artop Institute at the Humboldt University Berlin she completed her trainer education for communication and behaviour. As a free-lancer she offers coaching and training courses in communication, conflict management and intercultural competence. Being an Islamic scientist and alternative practitioner in psychotherapy she also offers psychological and Sufi counselling in the field of migration, identity, interculturality, life contentment and Sufi lifestyle in Turkish and German language for individuals, couples, groups and institutions.


Susanne Bandau

earned her teaching degree in History and Russian Language at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and in Moscow. She later completed a postgraduate course in German as a foreign language at Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz/Austria. She worked at the German institute for international educational research in the field of Comparative Educational Studies (with special focus on Eastern Europe). She gained extensive working experience as a teachers’ trainer and university teacher for German as a foreign language and counselor for foreign students and scientists for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Goethe-Institute, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other international institutions in post-soviet countries. She interculturally trained the target groups named above in order to prepare them for stays in Germany.


Korbinian Biller

is a cultural scientist (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, B.A.) with special focus on interdisciplinary Latin American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin, M.A.). During his studies he was concerned with connections between religion and modernism, migration and development and Latin America as laboratory for modernism. Meanwhile he works in different educational fields, e.g. having organized and accompanied various intercultural volunteer programmes (weltwärts, BFD, et al.), he also held seminars in the field of social entrepreneurship and is active in extracurricular political education and global learning (grenzgänger). At the moment he conducts a research seminar at Viadrina University on intercultural learning cultures and is interested in the concept of multicollectivity.


Dr. Ane Kleine-Engel

studied Phonetics, Linguistic Data Procession, and Yiddish Studies at the university of Trier. Subsequently she earned her PhD in 2004 in the field of Yiddish phonetics. As a postdoctoral fellow she did research on intercultural and interreligious contact and ‘invisible migration’ as well as on historical Yiddish phraseology and Yiddish phonetics. She gained teaching experience over 23 years in and outside Europe holding seminars at universities in Oxford, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, Luxembourg, Trier, Oldenburg and Prešov/Slovakia. Since 2014 she is responsible for the examination board of faculty I at Technische Universität Berlin and teaches in the fields of scientific working basics and intercultural competence in the B.A. studies “Kultur und Technik”.


Sarah Kolls

completed her degree in World Heritage Studies at the Department of Interculturality at the Brandenburgisch-Technische Universität Cottbus in 2008. Subsequently she co-established the volunteer service kulturweit, being responsible for the educational framework. Here she time and again moderated, conveyed and negotiated culturally relevant topics with different target groups, e.g. at the Young Experts Forum on the Safeguarding of Syrian Cultural Heritage. During this time she acquired the ability to conduct intercultural workshops and seminars with regard to content and methods. In this the intersectional aspect is of great importance to her. Since 2017 she is self-employed as trainer, mediator, and psychological counselor, as which she was trained.


Dr. Angelika Maser

studied History and Political Theory at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain. After the completion of her PhD and a training to be a mediator she worked as a peace and conflict counselor abroad, mostly in the Middle East and on the Balkans. She conducted the Germany-based programmes for Save the Children Germany e.V.. Nowadays she is self-employed as a supervisor, mediator and trainer and works e.g. as conflict counselor in communities in Saxony-Anhalt.


Olaf Mittelstraß

completed his master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, Ancient American Studies, Sociology and Pre- and Early History in Bonn. Subsequently he worked as a university teacher and scholarship holder for the Robert Bosch Foundation in Russia and as project manager for the West German Chambers of Crafts and Skilled Trades’ Council in Düsseldorf. After working briefly at the department for Interculturality at the Brandenburgisch-Technische Universität Cottbus he got employed by the Humboldt-Institute and worked as a teacher for German as a foreign language in China, later as university teacher for the Shanghai-Hamburg College. From 2014 on he worked for five years as university teacher for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Dnipro(petrovsk)/Ukraine. Since Oktober 2019 he is associated as DAAD-scholarship holder with the department for Educational Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin and does a postgraduate course in Intercultural Competence Studies.


Thomas Pallien

Thomas Pallien studied Law, Business Economics and South Asia Studies in Cologne, Berlin and Gurgaon (India). After completing his legal clerkship he worked as research assistant at the RWTH Aachen University followed by working as lawyer with special focus on business law and fiscal law in Berlin. Since 2012 he works as intercultural communication coach preparing German specialists and executives of companies and government agencies for working with their Indian counterparts. He is visiting lecturer at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as well as board member in the German-Indian association of lawyers. Within the pursuit of his dissertation project at the Technical University Darmstadt he visited the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore (India) for research purposes in early 2019.


Irina Slot

studied Physics and Energy Technology, Business Administration with focus on Business-to-Business-Marketing, and Intercultural Management in Moscow, Hanover and Maastricht. She published several books and articles on interculturality and interdisciplinarity. Besides teaching at the Technische Universität Berlin, she does the same at Potsdam University and Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin and works as counselor and trainer for industry and public organisations in all areas relevant for intercultural practice such as innovation management, project management, international negotiations and post-merger-integration.


Stefanie Vogler-Lipp

completed her B.A. in Cultural Studies and her M.A. in Intercultural Communication Studies, both at the Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder. After study and research visits in Spain and the USA she works since 2012 as research assistant at the centre for intercultural learning at Viadrina university. She co-designed and developed the Viadrina PeerTutoring training and teaches at Viadrina university as well as at other German universities. She also is a trained intercultural trainer and holds seminars and workshops on topics such as heterogeneity at university, reflexive learning in an intercultural learning environment, diversity and raising awareness for others. She is currently working on her PhD in the field of acquisition and development of reflection competencies in e-portfolios in the Viadrina PeerTutoring training.


Vera Yu

completed her university degree in Education, studied Sinology in Beijing and Educational Studies at Technische Universität Berlin. Since 1999 she works in the field of culture and education in an international context (at the Goethe-Institute Hongkong, Dutch Embassy, et al.). From 2010 to 2015 she conducted the China trainee programme at German universities by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Deutsches Studentenwerk, which was awarded as a place in the “Land der Ideen”-competition. Since 2012 she works as trainer and university teacher in the fields of intercultural communication, culture-sensitive team building, China competence, and diversity management at universities (at Tongji University Shanghai, Göttingen University, Berliner Zentrum für Hochschullehre, Technische Universität München, Dalian Foreign Languages University, Freie Universität Berlin et al.). In 2015 her „Praxisbuch für interkulturelle Veranstaltungen und Kommunikation China : Deutschland“ (Manual for intercultural events and communication China : Germany) was published, currently she works on the second volume: „Be water my friend - Dynamiken im Interkulturellen“.


Ulrike Zillmer-Tantan

completed her master’s degree in Applied Cultural Studies at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. At university she supported foreign students, later also at the Goethe-Institute Hamburg and at the international office at Leuphana University. She gained international studying and working experience in London, Amsterdam, Linköping/Sweden, Izhevsk/Russia, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Rabat/Morocco. She was trained by Stefanie Kuschel, Elke Bosse, Gwenn Hiller, et al. to be an intercultural trainer in the higher education sector. For more than ten years she worked at the Servicestelle Interkulturelle Kompetenz des Dachverbands der Studentenwerke in Berlin, where she organized seminars, workshops, and conferences and designed practical manuals on intercultural topics. Since autumn 2016 she works as research assistant at the centre for intercultural learning at Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder. There she trains students to be intercultural peer-tutors. She furthermore teaches at different universities and is honorarily active in the German-Japanese youth exchange.    



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