3 September 2021
Master Class 1
7 – 9 September
In this Master Class, researchers will plot the history of intercultural research, and examine the current state of affairs in relation to the different research paradigms with a focus on anti-racism, inclusion and intersectionality, and possible ways forward.
Master Class 2
14 – 16 September
How is the world of education coming to grasps with the challenges of teaching anti-racism, inclusion and intersectionality? In this Master Class, participants will explore the skills needed by educators to effectively address these questions and others and the role of educators in racial equity within their institutions.
Master Class 3
21 – 23 September
There is widespread agreement that anti-racism, inclusion and intersectionality are in high demand in the field of corporate training. In this Master Class, participants will delve into the latest research in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training and explore how to implement innovative and effective training strategies in today’s rapidly changing corporate world.
24 September 2021
Master Class 1: Research Presenters
Carolin Debray is a researcher at the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Basel. She has previously worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Intercultural Communication at the University of Hildesheim (Germany), and the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick (UK), where she also obtained her PhD.
Carolin has taught on intercultural communication and linguistic degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level in all three institutions, with her teaching often bridging cultural studies and linguistics and covering topics such as globalisation, theories of culture and culture contact, professional communication and lingua franca interactions.
Her main research interests and publications are located in interpersonal and intercultural pragmatics, and workplace and team communication, where she focuses on positive relations as well as on power, conflict and marginalisation in intercultural interactions.
Henriett Primecz is a professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Organizational Behaviour Department. Her main research interest is cross-cultural management, gender and diversity, and paradigm plurality in organization studies. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on the state of the art in cross-cultural management (International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, International Studies of Management & Organizations, The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management) and on paradigm plurality and paradigm interplay (Organization Research Methods, The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management, German Journal of Human Resource Management).
She co-edited two international case books (Cross-Cultural Management in Practice. Culture and Negotiated Meaning, Edward Elgar; and Critical Cross-Cultural Management – an Intersectional Approach to Culture, Routledge). Henriett is Europe Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management and associate editor of the Qualitative Research in Organization & Management. Henriett acted as special issue editor several times, in International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management in 2009, 2016, in European Management Review in 2020, and works on two forthcoming special issues in Culture and Organization and International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management.
Her teaching includes Organizational Theory, Organizational Culture, Cross-Cultural Management, Gender Issues for graduate and postgraduate students.
Justin A. Sitron
Justin A. Sitron, PhD is associate dean in the College of Health and Human Services at Widener University where heexuality Research Collaborative. Dr. Sitron has been a also serves as the director of the Interdisciplinary Ssexuality educator since 2005; prior to his career in sexuality education, he was a public school teacher. As a teacher, he recognized the incredible need for teachers and other human service professionals to better understand and serve their students, especially their students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and students from other marginalized and oppressed populations. He is a sexologist, interculturalist, educator and facilitator.
Justin is a compassionate and challenging coach, advocate, and transformational leader. He centers his approach on supporting people’s development to be culturally responsive, sex positive, relationship-focused, anti-racist social justice change agents to make the world a better place than it was when we found our place in it. His research and program development work centers around sexological worldview, specifically its components, development, and measurement. He is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, skilled facilitating a variety of tools and processes.
Laurence Romani, Ph.D, is Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden). Her work focuses on issues of representation and interaction in respectful and enriching ways with the perceived cultural Other. She considers contributions from critical management, feminist, and postcolonial organization studies to further cross-cultural management research and teaching.
Laurence's most recent works examine how discrimination of persons seen as an ethic minority is taking place in organizations despite their best intensions not to discriminate: How diversity management programs can end up producing a form of benevolent discrimination, or how companies can create conditions for the under valorisation of persons with a migration background.
Laurence works on the promotion of critical cross-cultural management studies, that is, considering intercultural interactions always at the intersection of multiple power positions. She does so with the organization of conference tracks (CMS, EGOS), editorial work (Journal of Business Ethics) and edited volumes such as Cases in Critical Cross-Cultural Management: An Intersectional Approach to Culture (Routledge) co-edited with Jasmin Mahadevan and Henriett Primecz or The Sage Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management co-edited with Betina Szkudlarek, Dan Caprar and Joyce Osland. Laurence has published articles in journals such as Organization, Gender Work and Organization, Organizational Research Method, Journal of Business Ethics or the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management and multiple book chapters in international handbooks and edited volumes.
Master Class 2: Education Presenters
Bastian Küntzel is a facilitator of learning in many forms; trainer, coach, lecturer, author, broadcaster - you name it. His work lives at the intersection of culture, connection and leadership. His clients range from UNESCO, UNFPA, UNV, the Council of Europe and the European Commission to small local NGOs, from global corporates such as Google, Ikea or Daimler, to boutique design and technology firms. He is the author of “The Learner’s Journey” and producer/host of the podcast “Learner Journeys”. Bastian teaches at a few universities and researches identity. He is a father, a partner, a cook and a nerd. And he’s looking forward to meeting you.
Dr. Nanda Dimitrov is the Senior Director of the Centre for Educational Excellence at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She is an educational developer and intercultural communication scholar. Her faculty development work focuses on intercultural learning in diverse classrooms, faculty mentorship, graduate supervision across cultures, and interculturalizing the curriculum.
She has been teaching in higher education for over 20 years, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. Her research on intercultural teaching competence received the Christine Stanley Award for Inclusion and Diversity Research in Educational Development (Dimitrov and Haque, 2017), and she has had the privilege of speaking about her research and facilitating faculty development programs at over a dozen Canadian higher education institutions, and at universities in France, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Japan.
Master Class 3: Training Presenters
Aida Hajro is an Assistant Professor at the Management Department of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her current interests lie in sustainable development, with special focus on the social-side of sustainability, specifically, migration. In her research, she addresses how multinational corporations tackle migration-specific targets as reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030.
Her work has been published in journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of World Business, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Human Resource Management Journal. It has been also recognized by prestigious awards including the Academy of Management Review Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management IMD Robert H. Schaffer Award, and the British Academy of Management Award. Aida has served on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies and Journal of World Business.
She is also the co-founding member of the “Migration, Business, and Society” global network initiative (https://www.migrationbusinesssociety.net/).
Dr Mabouba Diagne
The Vice-President in charge of Finance and Corporate Services at the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), Dr. Mabouba Diagne, is a seasoned international investment and development banker with more than twenty (20) years of various executive responsibilities in different parts of Africa.
He holds a Ph.D in Financial Management and Portfolio Optimization from the University of Kaiserautern, Germany, a Masters degree in Financial Mathematics from the same University, a Masters degree in a Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences from Gaston Berger University, Senegal, a Postgraduate Diploma from the United Nations Prof Abdou Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics, Trieste Italy, among other qualifications.
Prior to his appointment at EBID, he was the immediate past Regional Director Senior Executive Coverage and Deal Structuring at Trade & Development Bank, Kenya where his schedule of duties covered Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madgascar, Sudan, South Sudan, Mozambique and Angola.
Before his immediate past appointment as Regional Director Senior Executive Coverage & Deal Structuring at Trade & Development Bank, Kenya, Dr. Diagne served as Director Head of Credit Valuation Control at Dresdner Bank London, Director Head of Credit Valuation Control at Credit Suisse London, Regional Managing Director, Group Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Atlas Mara, Banc ABC, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was responsible for Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Dr. Diagne worked at Barclays Bank, South Africa, as Managing Director, Regional Head of Corporate Coverage Southern (Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles). In the course of his career, Dr. Diagne has established an extensive network of working relationships with many African countries, major regional and international financial institutions in several countries on the continent. Dr. Diagne is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Wolof from Senegal.
Milda Žilinskaitė is a Senior Scientist and Center Manager at the Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a visiting faculty at the International Anti-Corruption Academy. She has also taught at universities and/or on company premises in Austria, Germany, Indonesia, Spain, South Korea, and the U.S.
She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, San Diego in 2014. Her teaching and research interests are highly interdisciplinary, spanning the areas of (social) sustainability and the SDGs, business ethics, labor migration, cross-cultural management, and public and private sector collaboration.
Finally, she is grateful to have a personal history of low-status jobs as a migrant and for continuous opportunities to challenge herself out of her comfort zone. These experiences in particular have been an inspiration behind co-founding the Migration, Business & Society global network initiative (https://www.migrationbusinesssociety.net/).