→ Born: 08/08/1968 in Stuttgart

→ Raised: Berlin, Frankfurt & Cologne

→ School (1974-1987): Pulheim

→ Apprenticeship as export trader (1987-1989): Cologne

→ Studies in psychology and anthropology (1989-1997): Universities of Cologne & Kathmandu

→ Ph.D. (2007):Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences at the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg

→ Employment (1997-2001): Adult education and international Organizational Development in Germany and Asia

→ Development worker (2002-2005): Head of Research & Development Unit at ICFP and program management in East Timor

→ Capacitybuilding adviser & researcher (2006-2010): Developmental Cooperation, Research & Teaching in ASEAN region and France

→ Civil affairs officer in the peacekeeping mission of the United Nations in Haiti (2011)

→ Independent international adviser (since 2012): in Southeast Asia, Africa & Europe focusing on: International HR Development, Leadership Development, Change Management, M&E, Social Cohesion & Human Capacity Development (HCD)


→ Study of cultural anthropology at the University of Cologne

→ Lecturer at the Universities of Heidelberg, Münster & Passau

→ Visiting scholar at the Research School for Asian and Pacific Studies at the Australian National University

→ Dissertation on Psychosocial reconstruction in East Timor

→ Post-doc studies at the EHESS (Paris)

→ Research, study and work in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Thailand, Mongolia, China, Australia, Vietnam, Russia, Malawi, Mozambique and East Timor

→ Action-Research-Projects with Asian students and researchers

→ OSCE election observer to Armenia & Macedonia; Civil Affairs in Haiti; ASEAN & HCD  studies

→ Establishment of a university institution for the documentation of indigenous knowledge in West Papua

Thematic expertise: Social cohesion, social inclusion, documentation of endangered languages and cultures, psychosocial reconstruction, indigenous knowledge, ethnomedicine, cultural psychology, development cooperation, nationbuilding, cultural change, diversity management, poverty reduction


→ Psychologist (MA) with specialisation in cross-cultural, economical & clinical psychology

→ DFG-funded stipendiary of the Graduiertenkolleg Clinical Emotion Research; over a decade of collaboration with the Gesellschaft  für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

→  (GIZ /DSE/InWEnt): Scientific concept expert in the Department of Intercultural Communication,
Zentralstelle für Auslandskunde

→ Psychology lecturer at the Arnold Dannenmann Academy of CJD;
Freelance trainer, expert and management consultant

→ HPG admission & humanistic psychotherapy training

→ Initiator of the psychological professional association in East Timor

→ Evaluator of Human Capacity Development Programs

→ Member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology

→ Teaching assignments at the Universities of Heidelberg, Münster & Kehl

→ Keynote Speaker about intercultural communication topics, guestlecturer for leadership trainings at the BakWvWT and for the World Bank

Expertise: Intercultural communication and international management, human capacity development, strategies for development cooperation, conflict resolution, intervention, trauma counseling, identity, monitoring & evaluation methodology.


→ Favorite activity: Long-distance hiking

→ Favorite food: carp - in Polish beer sauce

→ Favorite author: Nigel Barley

Prominient insight: lain desa - lain adat, lain sawah - lain belalang (Indonesian: another village, different customs - another rice field, different grasshoppers)