Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen
Dr. Kühnen is Professor of Psychology at Jacobs University Bremen and Coordinator of the BA program “Intercultural Relations and Behavior”.
Before joining Jacobs University in 2003, he studied Psychology at Berlin University of Technology (1989–1995) and received his PhD from TU Berlin in 1998. After a postdoc stay at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1999–2000), he continued his career as a research associate at the University of Mannheim where he received his Habilition in 2003.
In his research Dr. Kühnen investigates how culture affects basic functions of the human mind. For instance, how does culture shape our sense of the self and what consequences do culturally influenced self-concepts have for thinking, feeling, and action? Does the psychological meaning and importance of choice vary between cultures? Do members of different cultures differ in their understanding of learning and if so: What are the consequences for classroom interaction in particular in multi-cultural learning environments?
From 2005 to 2009 Kühnen has been the chairman of the Social Psychology section of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie”. Since 2007 he is Principal Investigator and member of the academic council of the Bremen International Graduate School for the Social Sciences (BIGSSS). In addition, Kühnen has been Co-Chair of the thematic field “Attitude Formation, Value Change, and Intercultural Communication” within BIGSSS and is now Co-Chair of the thematic field “Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts”. In 2008 Kühnen co-hosted (with Klaus Boehnke) the 19th Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology at Jacobs University Bremen.
Annette Gisevius is Head of Training at InterCultur . She holds a degree in Culture Studies of Leuphana University, Germany and a BA from Angelo State University in Texas. She facilitates intercultural trainings for target groups of all ages, incl. teachers and trainers with a focus on cultural awareness, cultural conflict styles and experiential learning in non-formal adult education. 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).
Hannes Wacker is a trainer and consultant for organisational change. He holds a degree in Business Psychology and now focusses on organisational change, training and personal diagnostics. Hannes Wacker joined AFS in 1999 when he went to Guatemala as an exchange student. Three years later he went to Brussels as a volunteer to coordinate a European project on organisational development for youth organisations. He was a member of the European Youth Forum pool of trainers, delivering several international training seminars across Europe, mainly for youth organisations. Besides his professional life in his own company dcp Institute, he still prepares people for a stay abroad and works with different organisations in the field of diagnostics and learning. With some colleages he writes the blog www.50prozent.org, that deals with the psychological aspect of work.
Nadine Binder works as a trainer and coach, specialized on intercultural competence, training design & facilitation, and Personal Leadership (and has worked/collaborated with InterCultur since 2014). She is currently finishing her PhD in psychology at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) focusing on designing and evaluating an intercultural competence program for university students. She holds a bachelors degree in Intercultural Relations and Behavior from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, and a masters degree in Management of Cultural Diversity from Tilburg University, the Netherlands. She has received certifications from the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) in the U.S. and other learning organizations, is an Associate Facilitator of Personal Leadership and an active member of the Young Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Young SIETAR) as well as SIETAR Germany and Europe.