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Graduate Academy of Heidelberg University

Academic and Professional Development

Seminarstr. 2
69117 Heidelberg

Dr. Berenike Schröder

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  • Simon Chaplin
    Freelance Trainer and Translator, Berlin. Graduated with first-class honours from a British university in the 1980s. Has worked as a consultant for the Economics Ministry in Berlin, as an expert for the European Commission and has provided consultancy services to a range of economic development agencies in Germany.
  • Sanja Dembic
    Ms. Dembić studied philosophy, psychology and gender studies and has been a doctoral student at the Institute of Philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin since 2014. She has several years of work experience at the university in the fields of philosophy and psychology and is also a trainer at the Institut für Argumentationskompetenz in Berlin.
  • Eugen Gerein
    Founder of the company gerein consult, Mr. Gerein is also a freelance actor and drama educator as well as a freelance trainer and consultant. He works for Goll Consulting in Bonn and is a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik and Darstellende Kunst (university for the performing arts) in Stuttgart.
  • Amanda Habbershaw, M.A.
    Amanda Habbershaw is British born, has a Master`s degree in Applied Foreign Languages and is a certified English language coach for adults. She has worked for various universities (European Business School, Universität Mainz, Karlsruhe International University) as an English language instructor since 1998. More recently, she has developed a specialization in academic English and has held workshops regularly for the Interdisziplinäre Promotionszentrum and Graduate School Teaching Processes of Universität Koblenz-Landau since 2008.
  • Petra Lehmann
    Ms. Lehmann is a coach, trainer and image consultant. She has a degree (Diplom) in chemistry and worked for many years in the industrial and retail sectors. She has been employed at the Career Service office at Heidelberg University since 2001 and is also a freelance trainer.
  • Dr. Ute Leidig
    Dr. Ute Leidig is a staff member of the Department of Key Competencies at the University of Heidelberg. She is a trainer for transferable skills and has long experience as a research assistant and freelance consultant for institutes, companies and research facilities.
  • Wolfgang Leybold
    Mr. Leybold studied social and economic geography and was a project manager in a business promotion agency. He has been the managing director of Leybold &Akli GmbH since 2004 and also works as a lecturer at several universities and colleges.
  • Dr. Philipp Mayer
    Daniela Manke studied ethnology and sociology. The main focus of her work is on the health of immigrants and the relationship between culture and dementia and she has specialized in qualitative research methods as well as in participative methods of learning and teaching. At present, she is working on her doctorate and is a staff member in the Graduate Academy Service Point, where she advises international doctoral students about funding, exposé and application writing, and legal, social and administrative issues.
  • Matthias Merkelbach
    Mr. Merkelbach studied philosophy and German and worked for several years as a journalist, author and university lecturer. He was the educational director of ISD GmbH in Stuttgart and as such was responsible for the educational training program for international companies until 2011. He has been a certified coach for workshops for doctoral students and postdocs at the Impulsplus Qualitätsnetzwerk für Kompetenzentwicklung in der Wissenschaft since 2009.
  • Dr. Martin Nissen
    Studied history, German and English literature in Freiburg and Dublin. PhD in Modern History at Humboldt University Berlin. Editorial work for the publishing house deGruyter / KG Saur in Munich. Since 2010 subject specialist for History and Classical Philology and head of the information services and reading rooms at Heidelberg University Library.
  • Andy Valvur
    Andy Valvur is a writer, a journalist, an actor and a dialogue coach. As a voice-over actor he has appeared in numerous video games such as Star Trek, Top Gun, Psychonauts and Secret Weapons over Normandy for Lucas Arts, playing aliens, fighter pilots and even a bulldog. He even played a recording engineer who spoke Japanese with a British accent in Stolen Song, a video game with Hottei, one of Japan`s biggest rock stars. He was also dialogue coach for Shu Qi in the 20th Century Fox motion picture "The Transporter" starring Jason Statham. He currently works with Deutsche Welle as one of the voice coaches training people to read news broadcasts.
  • Anna-Lynn Wegener
    Anna-Lynn Wegener is a communications professional with an academic background in biology (BSc degree, Cambridge University, UK) and science communication (MSc degree, University of Bath). She has been working as the Press Officer of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg for 4 years from 2005-2009 and now works in strategic communications at the same institute in the position of Communications Officer to the Director General.
  • Ralf Zeidler
    Mr. Zeidler studied physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and completed a master’s degree in adult education in Kaiserslautern. He worked for several years as a university lecturer for physics, computer science, statistics and electrical engineering. He has been the managing director of the FRIDATA Institute for Data Analysis and a freelance trainer since 2013.
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Latest Revision: 2018-02-06
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