Past Webinars



This was the SIETAR Europa 2018 webinar program:


1Q 2018

GSimons Date and Time: Friday, 12 January, 18:00-19:00 CET
Speaker: Dr. George Simons
Topic: What rhymes with time? Party with me (I’m 80 today) for terse verse & talk about the nature, nurture & DNA of the interculturalist. more...

Let’s do some musing, serious & amusing, about intercultural work, what it’s choosing, fusing & losing, oft rife with strife. I’ll dare to share with care lessons learned & fingers burned, tempest tossed & turned. I’ll chew on where I blew it & rue it, let you hear, fear & maybe cheer a pale male tale of a boy’s joys, ploys & training toys. OK, so I’m a logophiliac & there’s friction in my diction, but I promise plain talk about where we’ve been, what we’ve seen & where we’re going as interculturalists, our bumbling, rumbling trip, rough & tumbling, tough & humbling. What action can give us more than a fraction of traction in a world of faction & reaction? Welcome, anybody who cares & dares to bite the intercultural apple & grapple with its present as well as sneak a peek at its future.

Dr. George Simons, 80 years old on Jan. 12, lives in France – this puts him back in his 20’s quatre-vingts! Creator of diversophy®, consultant, trainer, & SIETAR stalwart for over 30 years, he edits the SEU LinkedIn group where he regularly posts salient theory, shares practical training tips & activities, opinions & rants, iconic images & poetic reflections. See his work & join his blog online.

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LFogartyMRajan Date and Time: Wednesday, 7 February, 16:00-17:00 CET
Speaker: Lucy Fogarty & Mo Rajan
Topic: Facilitate a fun and engaging learning experience with interactive cartoon games. more...

This webinar focuses on the use of country-specific cloud-based cartoon-based games to develop cultural awareness and competence. In a fast paced world the milllenial preference for bite-sized information is changing the way we impart cultural knowledge. With this in mind Culture Buff Games ( was developed using cartoons to facilitate accelerated cultural learning. Culture Buff Games are a powerful training tool that helps intercultural trainers facilitate a fun and engaging learning experience for corporate clients and students relocating to a foreign country. Cartoons depicting historical events or contemporary real-world examples will be used to show the various ways this type of tool can be incorporated into your training to enhance and accelerate learning.

Lucy Fogarty is founder and CEO of Culture Buff Games. As an intercultural trainer she was inspired to develop interactive cartoon games to help adults and teens develop cultural competence in a way that is fun, engaging and cost-effective.

Mo Rajan is CTO of Culture Buff Games, a technologist with extensive experience designing and developing e-learning products and educational tools.

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HSayers Date and Time: Thursday, 22 March, 18:00-19:00 CET
Speaker: Helen Sayers
Topic: UBUNTU! The Spirit of Humanity: exploring the creative art of building bridges between communities, cultures, and hearts. more...

This Webinar will appeal to all ages, levels and backgrounds, but especially to educators and trainers in personal and professional development, and to anyone who is interested in universal values and the role they play in creating a better world for all.

Ubuntu - an ancient African way of life that embraces hospitality, caring, compassion, cooperation and consensus-based decision making - will be used as a framework to rediscover the subtle bonds that connect us with each other, with nature and with our common destiny.

During her travels in over 20 countries in Africa, Helen experienced the beauty and wisdom of Ubuntu, which inspired her to develop an international programme and to write a training manual translated into 5 languages. Helen will share her ongoing journey of discovery.

Based in France, Helen Sayers lived in Oman for 9 years where she founded Oasis Life-Skills Training Services, providing workshops in ethical leadership, intercultural awareness, and women & youth empowerment.

She has trained managers, teachers and students in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Helen serves on the Advisory Board, Association for Living Values Education International.

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2Q 2018

BJohnson Date and Time: Tuesday, 17 April, 15:00-16:00 CET
Speaker: R. Boyd Johnson
Topic: How to manage a global research team successfully more...

Tremendous changes of all kinds -- social, economic, technological -- in the last decades have shown the demand for global cross-cultural research teams. This webinar examines challenges and drivers in a transnational research team from the perspective of culturally intelligent leadership. It will demonstrate real life scenarios of how innovative approaches can be developed, when cultural perspectives are merged. The combination of various team backgrounds is shown to be a key strength in achieving the goals of the global organization.

Participants will hear how to understand and manage the most evident identifiers of these teams: cross-cultural aptitude, motivation and intercultural competency. The combination of these traits is best described as "cultural intelligence" (CQ) -- the ability to function successfully in different cultural contexts, which contributes to resolving group relationships, diversifies management approaches, and adds new dimensions to the organizational leadership.

The webinar will conclude with recommendations on how these best practices can be applied in other organizational contexts.

Boyd Johnson has earned a Ph.D. in International Studies, an M.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Theology, and a B.A. in Anthropology. He currently is Professor in the doctoral program in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has taught for over 19 years. Prior to that, he worked for World Vision International for 16 years in many roles, based in Australia and Asia. Dr. Johnson has done training, consulting and teaching in over 50 countries, has visited over 80 nations on six continents, and has lived in six countries. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the USA. His research interests include cultural intelligence, which he has studied since 2013 in four countries in Eastern Europe: Ukraine / Moldova (post-communist ex-USSR) and Slovenia / Serbia (post-socialist ex-Yugoslavia).

He manages a global virtual network of researchers and experts.

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TGreenaway Date and Time: Tuesday, 15 May, 15:00-16:00 CET
Speaker: Thomas Greenaway
Topic: Thinking about LGBTQ people in Intercultural Spaces more...

This webinar introduces the new LGBTQ Special Interest Group within SIETAR Europa. It is an introductory webinar for LGBTQ interculturalists and anyone who wishes to become an LGBTQ ally or is interested in how LGBTQ issues are relevant to intercultural spaces.

This webinar will first address the question of the relevance of LGBTQ issues and culture in intercultural communication, in intercultural training, and the issues that LGBTQ interculturalists face. Participants will learn about LGBTQ culture as it is relevant to intercultural communication, learn about the main aims of the new Special Interest Group, and be invited to join the discussion in how we can advance scholarship and thought leadership on LGBTQ issues globally.

Thomas Greenaway is a doctoral candidate at the University of Warwick researching teamwork in Higher Education and intercultural competence. He has international experience in teaching and learning and a keen interest in the relationship between culture and working in diverse teams. With Joel A. Brown, he has recently set up the LGBTQ Special interest Group for SIETAR Europa.

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MBoyle Date and Time: Friday, 8 June, 18:00-19:00 CET
Speaker: Michael Boyle
Topic: Companies are striving to be flexible and are surprised when they run across difficulties. Maybe the problem is culture? more...

One of the key topics discussed when talking about an adaptive way of working concerns the inhibitors in its deployment. Practitioners feel they are doing something wrong, but often they are not to blame. The culprit is culture, either within an organization, but very often tied to multinational teams whose members think and act differently. This is quite normal because we carry with us the values and norms from where we come. Can these obstacles be overcome? YES! The outcome of crafting multinational cross functional teams creates a basis of trust and understanding that allows for organizations to fully utilize the power of diversity, all within an agile way of working.

This webinar is for anyone who has dealt with cultural inhibitors within organizations.

Michael Boyle, a SIETAR member, is a US Citizen who has called Vienna, Austria home since 1989. Acting very often as the bridge between the business and IT, Michael has thrived in working for various global organizations, allowing for the opportunity to work with people on 5 continents. He brings over 30 years of experience as a manager, trainer, coach, consultant, and practitioner, both regionally and globally. Michael loves to build and flourishes under uncertainty; he excels in addressing the most wicked of problems with the intention of coming up with solution that addresses the root cause and is acceptable for all key stakeholders.

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3Q 2018

FMubeen Date and Time: Thursday, 5 July, 15:00-16:00 CET
Speaker: Fath E Mubeen
Topic: Religious Persecution is on the Rise: The Substantive Freedom Is Under Global Siege more...

There is no doubt that religious freedom is widely threatened in numerous Muslim states. A portion of the world's most quelled religious minorities include Egypt’s Christian Coptic minority; the Baha’i in Iran; the Ahmadis in Pakistan; Muslims in Myanmar and so on.(1) In these places, religious repression has been a ubiquitous fact of life for years, irrespective of a person’s credo. However, religious repression is not restricted to Muslim governments only. The current wave of enforcing prohibitions which include the building of mosques with minarets, wearing head scarves or Burqa and displaying religious symbols in public offices and schools,(2) represents another facet of the repression of religious expression in the name of freedom in Europe. The current restrictions by political-legal-social actors in Europe leaves a big question mark while most human rights Conventions do not allow governments to impose limitations on the freedom of expression and religion.(3) The webinar will reveal the similar pattern in European governments and Muslim governments to deter the liberty of expression and religion, the impact these laws have and how they do nothing but intensify religious intolerance amongst inter-communities. Finally, it concludes that equality and justice at every level and Love for All and Hatred for None is the only key to peace in this world.

My name is Fath E Mubeen and I am From Pakistan. I am doing a Masters in Border Crossings: Local and Global Societies in Transition majoring in Society and Cultural Diversity (MSocSc in Sociology / Social and Public Policy) from University of Eastern Finland.

A true believer that the only way to bring change and peace is to spread love for all and hatred for none.

The proposed paper is the crux of every minute of the life I lead as a Muslim in a Muslim state and am leading in a western world.

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20180919 WebinarHOLLEY 200px Date and Time: Wednesday, 19 September, 14:00-15:00 CET
Speaker: Perry Holley (update)
Topic: Reinventing Global Leadership: Tools for a Volatile World more...

As the pace of change accelerates, new skills are needed to improve personal and organizational effectiveness. In the coming years, everything will rise and fall on leadership. Your ability to influence your team, your company and your clients in a global, cross-cultural world will mean the difference between success and failure.

In this webinar we will reveal the perfect storm of organizational conditions that are the source of our largest challenges and our greatest opportunities in the coming years. We will look at the ways you can build and sustain a winning culture. We will look at a tool to help identify your strengths and struggles while working cross-culturally and allow you to put action plans in place to maximize your personal effectiveness.

Target audience: Business leaders and managers, as well as those who train, coach, or advise them.

Perry Holley, VP, Cultural Solutions at Berlitz. Perry is a global leadership consultant and published author of, “Repeat the Remarkable– How Strong Leaders Overcome Business Challenges to Take Their Performance to the Next Level” (McGraw-Hill, 2014). His responsibilities at Berlitz include helping organizations worldwide increase their business effectiveness while working across cultures.

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4Q 2018

 MBennett Date and Time: Friday, 12 October, 18:00-19:00 CET
Speaker: Milton Bennett
Topic: The End of Relativism more...

Relativism, especially cultural relativism, has been the core philosophy of intercultural work from the beginning. As a counter to the then-prevailing idea that “our" (whoever said so) society was the absolute acme of civilization, relativism was the far saner view that different societies represented different kinds of civilization. Societies could not be compared to an absolute standard of civilization, since “everything exists in context.” Judgments could not be made according to absolute values, since cultures were “not bad or good — just different.” Unfortunately, the extension of relativism and suppression of absolutism has created a catastrophe: relativism is becoming absolute. Now we hear racists saying, “you have to accept my views in context.” We hear fascists saying, “You can’t judge me — I am of a different identity group.” We hear dishonest politicians rejecting revelations of their lying as “fake news.” In other words, relativism has been highjacked by the people it was meant to counteract. This seminar will explore some of the paradigmatic history of the rise and demise of relativism as it affects intercultural work. It will suggest some ways that the emerging paradigm of constructivism is reframing relativism and creating new kinds of multicultural solutions.

Dr. Milton J. Bennett founded and directs the Intercultural Development Research Institute located in Portland, Oregon and Milano, Italy. He was a tenured professor at Portland State University is now an adjunct professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where he teaches intercultural communication in the graduate program of Social Service Management and Political Policy. In the corporate sector, Dr. Bennett has been on the executive training faculty of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Smith College, Boeing Leadership Center, Motorola University, the Stockholm School of Economics, and Eni University, and he currently is associated with the Global Leadership Program of Mesa Research Group. His recent text is Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Paradigms, Principles, & Practices, and he is well-known for the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity that has been used to guide training and research in the field since 1986.

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AVeerdooren Date and Time: Thursday, 15 November, 14:00-15:00 CET
Speaker: Arjan Verdooren
Topic: The TOPOI model and diversity competence - Cultures don’t meet, people do. more...

This webinar will present an approach to intercultural interaction based on the concept of diversity competence and on the TOPOI model. TOPOI has been widely used in Dutch higher education, mainly aimed at healthcare and social work in multi-ethnic society. Partly as a response to requests from the sectors of international business and communication, a new and completely revised English book based on TOPOI with a broader and international focus will be published early 2018. An inclusive, communicative approach is proposed to intercultural interactions as primarily interpersonal encounters. The acknowledgement of people’s multiple identities and the view of people as not only products, but also producers of culture is crucial for this approach. TOPOI serves as a communicative tool to analyze unfamilarity and miscommunication that may occur and provides suggestions for intervention. Target group: especially trainers and lecturers, all levels but most useful for intermediate and advanced interculturalists.

Arjan Verdooren, Msc. is co-author of Diversity Competence-Cultures Don’t Meet, People Do (together with Edwin Hoffman PhD, who originally developed the TOPOI model). Arjan has worked for the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam – the oldest provider of intercultural training in The Netherlands – for over twelve years and is still associated with KIT as he divides his time between Amsterdam and Gothenburg.

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MCummings-Koether Date and Time: Monday, 10 December, 17:30-18:30 CET
Speaker: Dr. Michelle J. Cummings-Koether
Topic: How psychological contracts work, and how they can influence the success or failure of international assignments more...

When researching the causes for assignment failure, most look at the “causes” during the assignment, or mistakes of the organization/expatriate before/after the return. However, what if the wrong candidate was selected, and failure was inevitable? What if the organization made promises before the assignment, and was not able to hold them after return. How does preparation before the assignment factor into the return? How do psychological contracts factor into assignments?

This webinar will look at how psychological contracts work, and how they influence assignments. This can help intercultural trainers and consultants to identify possible contract violations that their expatriate clients or their organizations are experiencing.

(This webinar is intended for all levels, and is based on the material presented at the SIETAR EU congress in Dublin.)

Dr. Michelle J. Cummings-Koether works in Germany as an intercultural consultant and lecturer. Having grown up in the United States, she now consults companies in the D/A/CH region on various topics relating to management and intercultural communication. As a lecturer, she teaches intercultural/ international management, and intercultural competence.

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This was the SIETAR Europa 2017 webinar program:



This was the 2016 SIETAR Europa webinar programme:

  • June 27th 2016, Monday, at 17.00 – 18.00 pm (CET)
    Speaker:          Fredrik Fogelberg
    Topic:              “Leading global remote teams
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    Click on the icon on the right to download an article by Fredrik Fogelberg on Virtual teams: download

  • September, 13th 2016, Tuesday at 15.00 – 16.00 pm (CET)
    Speaker:          Dr. Olga Kovbasyuk
    Topic:              “How to do business with Russians
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This was the 2015 SIETAR Europa webinar programme:

Monday, February 16th and Wednesday, February 18th 2015 at 19.00 – 20.30 (CET)
   Yvonne van der Pol: “Tacit knowledge, culture and informal learning"
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Monday, March 16th 2015 at 19.00 – 20.00 (CET)
   Anja Gnaedig: “Sales Skills for the Intercultural Trainer"
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Wednesday, April 8th 2015 at 18.00 – 19.00 (CET)
   Ruth Trojan: “Lost and Found in connection: challenges and opportunities of virtual teams
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Tuesday, May 12th 2015 at 19.00 – 20.00 (CET)
   Matthew Hill: “Negotiating Across Cultures. The 7 most costly mistakes companies make
   You can watch a recording of the webinar (due to technical issues the video appears only towards the end, but the audio is complete) by clicking here


Monday, June 15th 2015 at 18.00 – 19.30 (CET)
   Steffi Bärmann: “Home is where … International Career Coaching"
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Thursday, July 16th 2015 at 15.00 – 16.00 (CET)
   Sven Dinklage: “The FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil – An intercultural perspective"
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Monday, September 21st 2015 at 21.00 – 22.00 (CET)
   Maura Di Mauro: “The X-Y integration - why and how for the success of the company strategies and results"
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Monday, October 5th 2015 at 18.00 – 19.00 (CET)
   Barbara Gibson: “Turning Failure into Competence: The Role of Response-to-Failure Patterns"
   We are sorry to inform you that due to a technical problem the recording of this session is not available. If you are curious about the topic and you weren’t able to attend this webinar, feel free to contact the speaker directly for further information at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This was the 2014 SIETAR Europa webinar programme:

10th April: 3.00 – 4.30 pm (CET)
   “Do Italians still exist?
   By Roberto Ruffino
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6th May: 6.00 – 7.00 pm (CET)
   “How culture affects the stages of negotiation
   By George Simons
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3rd June: 7.00 – 8.30 pm (CET) (1st session)
9th June: 7.00 – 8.30 pm (CET) (2nd session)
   “Intercultural Effectiveness = Connect x Perform x Enjoy
   By Ursula Brinkmann, Juanita Wijnands and Yvonne van der Pol
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26th June: 7.00 – 8.30 pm (CET)
   Livingstone Thompson: “Religion and economic success
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10th September: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (CET)
   Rudi Camerer and Judith Mader: “Language: Source of all misunderstanding
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26th November: 8.00 – 9.00 pm (CET)
   By David Trickey
  “The X-factor- why successful corporate expats need to be magically in two places at the same time (and how to do it)
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The Events & Membership Commitee, as well all the SIETAR Europa board, is thankful to Matthew Hill and his Intercultural Training Channel for the technical support and coordination that he is offering free of charge to SIETAR Europa.

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Have a look at these other recordings of SIETAR webinars

Coaching Across Cultures with Philippe Rosinski

New Software of the Mind 2010 Edition with Geert Hofstede

Setting up a Cross-cultural Training Program with Barry Tomalin

Cultural Factors in International Business with Richard Lewis

Resistance Is a Bowl of Cherries with George Simons