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Our Team

Diversity and Intercultural Skills within the interpool team

Our Team

A diverse team from different cultures with a mixture of languages and academic backgrounds, plus a strong team effort in every project account for much of our success.

"We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself." Louis Armstrong

Managing Director

Tim studied Political Sciences and Law at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He was born in Munich and learned what it is like to feel culturally „strange“ when living in the United States, Belgium, the Middle East, and South Africa. In 2003 he founded interpool and has since been trying to keep track of our activities in the fields of recruiting, assessment and training of diagnostic processes in a context of globalization, diversity and innovation. His regional focus areas - besides Germany - are the USA, East-Asia, and the Arab World, where he traines and consults in English, German and French. Being a Trainer and Systemic Coach and a fan of Otto Scharmer`s Theory-U approach, he is a strong advocator of learning „the heart way“. Tim is a board member of the German-Asian Business Circle e.V..

“Not all who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Senior Consultant

Anne Schwarz studied European Studies and HR Development and gained relevant international experience in Spain, the USA and Mexico. She manages our International Assessment Centers and Management Audits, conducts trainings on Intercultural Job Interviews and – being a trained systemic consultant on Organisational Development - consults on comprehensive Talent Acquisition and Graduate Development Programs in a global environment. Her regional focus areas are Spain, Latin America, and all of Southern Europe, where she handles projects using English, German and Spanish.

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." Buddha


Gabriella Gal, originally from Hungary, studied Psychology in Budapest with a focus on Work- and Organizational Psychology. Working in the field of cross-cultural trainings, she spent more than a year in China before coming to Germany to join the interpool team. Her expertise at interpool encompasses every aspect of national and international recruitment, psychometric tests and skills assessment especially with a focus on Eastern-Europe and China, using besides her native Hungarian her fluent English and German skills.

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” Paulo Coelho


Gabriela Nangia has a mixed German - Indian - Polish cultural background, which is probably why she was bound to study Intercultural Human Resource Development and Communication Management, which she did at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. Her work responsibilities comprise our International Recruitment projects, Assessment- and Development centers. In addition she supports our clients to make their Recruitment contribute more viably to their Diversity Management strategies. Besides her mother tongues German and Polish, she speaks English.

"Everybody wants to change the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself." Leo Tolstoy

Junior Consultant

After volunteering one year in Russia, Katharina studied Intercultural Business Communication, Slavic and Eastern European Studies both in Jena and Berlin. After further living and studying experiences abroad - in Belarus and Russia - she has joined interpool. She supports in English, German and Russian our international recruitment and assessment projects and further our intercultural interview trainings.

"A mighty flame develops from a tiny spark." Dante Alighieri

Johanna Céline
Team Assistant

Johanna Céline Charpentier, of French origin as her name suggests, was born in Berlin. As a team assistant at interpool she supports our team in every aspect of our international projects, general administration, accounting, and in our Online Marketing activities. In addition to German and French she also speaks English.

"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it for himself." Galileo Galilei

Senior Consultant

Laura Schwan studied Psychology and Business Administration in Berlin and Barcelona. In addition to her expertise in Aptitude Testing and related diagnostic processes she is a trained Systemic Coach, Business Coach, and a Trainer for (intercultural) Communication and Leadership. Being one of the earliest employees of interpool, she developed our first Intercultural Assessment Center back in 2006. She is originally from Berlin and gained relevant international experience in India, China, the UK, and Latin America.

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Senior Consultant

Philipp Scharff holds a degree in Organisational Psychology. He has lived and worked in Ivory Coast, USA, France, and Italy. As director and CEO of different foundations and international organisations he gained considerable hands-on experience in international recruitment, assessment and leadership. As a certified systemic consultant, coach, and supervisor he is now working in national as well as international surroundings in German, English and French.

"I am more interested in the future than in the past, as in the former I intend to live." Albert Einstein

Dr. Anette
Senior Consultant

Anette Violet studied Occupational and Organizational Psychology and holds a PhD in Social Sciences. Apart from her expertise in Personnel Selection and internal as well as external Assessment Processes, she has worked for many years as a facilitator and consultant for international commercial and non-profit organizations. Her living and working experience includes Latin America and Africa, her working languages are German English, and Spanish. She is passionate about making international and intercultural teams work, with all of the frictions, misunderstandings and learning experiences going along.

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." Milton Berle

van Ede
Senior Consultant

Kristina van Ede studied industrial and organizational psychology in Amsterdam and Berlin, where she lives today. As a Senior Human Resource Manager, she worked for more than 7 years for Sony Corporation, being responsible for the management assessment and –development processes there. As a trained assessor, she gained extensive experience in the design and implementation of assessment and development centers in an international context. Since 2010 she has been working as a systemic coach, organizational and process consultant in German, English and Dutch. Her passion for traveling took her to a variety of countries in Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America.


“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” Colin Powell

Senior Consultant

Frank Bannys studied Business Administration in Mannheim, Germany and Swansea, UK. He was born in a small town north of Francfort and later worked throughout the world, e.g. in Canada, the U.S., Greece, Mexico and Singapore. After more than 20 years as member of senior management teams of a German-based company he is currently working as a consultant, trainer and coach especially in the areas of international leadership and team development as well as intercultural project management. In spring 2012 his book „Interkulturelles Projektmanagement – Konzepte und Werkzeuge für die Praxis“ was published by Wiley Publishers.

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. " Confucius

Senior Consultant

Klaus Stein, a graduate in Business Administration from Ludwigshafen University, was born in the Southern Palatinate in Germany. Having gained his first intercultural experience in other regions of Germany, he developed further in the international arena while living in the USA, as well as during intense project work in Europe and Asia. He gathered his skills in all areas of HR Management during his tenure as VP Human Resources for globally operating companies in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and automotive supplier industry. Working as a trainer, consultant and as a certified Systemic Coach now, he is deeply committed especially to the areas of Compensation & Benefits, Recruiting, Human Capital Development, and Succession Planning.

"To be is to do."Immanuel Kant

Dr. Jingjing

Dr. Jingjing Wang studied Education Science, Management & Economics in China, Germany and in the USA. As a trainer and consultant she works mainly within the automotive industry on topics of cross-cultural leadership development and China-Germany Business Development. Beyond her practical work she completed her Ph.D. Dissertation ate the University of Bayreuthe. Her thesis on the "Impact of a Global Leadership Development Program for German and Chinese Managers" is available at the Springer Gabler Verlag.

"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." Dalai Lama

Senior Consultant

Ludmila Zimmer has studied International Management in Germany, Montpellier, and Moscow and initially pursued a career in sales and marketing for a German capital goods manufacturer. Born in Moscow, she has been supporting German and International companies to manage their sales activities in the Russian-speaking countries for 10 years now. The participants in her seminars benefit from her operational and practical experience as well as from her sound theoretical knowledge in the field of intercultural communication with Russia and Eastern Europe.