Ursula Brinkmann, PhD

Co-Founder and Research Consultant

Ursula is responsible for IRC certification, programme design and research on intercultural readiness.

Intercultural Readiness Check

Ursula developed the Intercultural Readiness Check together with Oscar; together they published Intercultural Readiness: Four competences for working across cultures (Palgrave). Ursula has certified over 600 professionals and over 20 institutes of higher education in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia, to work with the Intercultural Readiness Check. She currently focuses on how culturally diverse teams can use the Readiness competences to solve problems, take better decisions and be more innovative.

Effective Learning Interventions

Ursula develops intercultural learning interventions that are demonstrably effective. She has worked with public and private organizations, among them Asurion, Bosch, Chalmers, Daimler, DEG Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungshilfegesellschaft mbH, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ericsson, Essent, FellowMind, Global Affairs Canada, Peterson & Control Union, RWE, and Siemens Nederland N.V.

Professional Development

In 2016, Ursula received the Margaret D Pusch Founders Award by SIETAR USA, in recognition of her commitment and service to the intercultural relations field. She was a board member of SIETAR Netherlands for six years, and president of the association from April 2015 to April 2017. Ursula is responsible for IBI’s role in the Erasmus+ project CIT4VET – Open Online Catalogue of Intercultural Tools for Vocational Education and Training. She is one of the initiators of ECILP – European Certificate for Intercultural Learning Professionals, a European consortium aiming to introduce shared standards for the intercultural profession.