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The Professional Skills lecturers

Summer semester 2022

Professional skills are taught by professionals from the practice, experienced coaches and HPI professors and staff. Whether entrepreneurship, communication management or legal issues - they are all experts in their respective fields and contribute their knowledge and experience to the interdisciplinary teaching at HPI.

Christoph Burger

Christoph Burger

...is an affiliate senior lecturer at ESMT Berlin. His research focuses on innovation/blockchain, decision-making/negotiations and the energy sector.

  • Course: Dealing with Uncertainty
HPI School of Design Thinking

The HPI School of Design Thinking (D-School)

…offers an additional program with an innovative approach. In small, multidisciplinary teams, students from different departments develop innovative and people-centered solutions for complex problems. During the  process, they are in close contact with project partners from companies, NGOs and political institutions.

  • Course: Basic Track in Design Thinking, Advanced Track in Design Thinking, Wayfinder: Self- and Leadership Development, Global Design Thinking-Workshop
  • Contact (Elisabeth Höpner)
Dr. Werner Dieball (Photo: Gereon Holtschneider)

Dr. Werner Dieball

…has worked as a speaker, trainer and coach in the fields of rhetoric and body language for over 20 years. He advises leaders and managers from business as well as personalities from politics and the media. He also works as an analysis expert for various print media, radio and television stations.

  • Course: Presenting Convincingly - The First Impression Counts (In German)
  • Quote: “There is more to everyone than what they show on the outside.”
  • Contact
Rea Eldem (Photo: James Brooks)

Rea Eldem

...is the founder and managing director of IN-VISIBLE and the management consultant with specifications on equal work culture. Her mission is to make academic knowledge in the field of cultural studies and feminist theory accessible, tangible and useful. With IN-VISIBLE BERLIN she advises companies on gender and diversity strategies.

  • Course: Social Competence and Diversity (In German)
  • Quote: "Confronting oneself with one's own privileges, biases, and prejudice perspectives of others is an indispensable part of a sustainable education for students."
  • Contact
Michael Karl Heidemann (Photo: Tanja Bolte)

Michael Karl Heidemann

…coaches leaders and accompanies organizations in developing their corporate culture for over 30 years. He develops his insides and assumptions at the interface between theory and practice.

  • Course: Leadership Competence - The Hard Impacts of Soft Skills (In German)
  • Quote: ”Even in a digitized working world, personalities are needed who can provide orientation as managers. You need to find out what is important for that for yourself – but you should start in time.”
  • Contact
Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney (Photo: Privat)

Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney

…is a professor for leadership, organization and human resources at the University of Potsdam. His research focus is leadership and teamwork. His articles were published in leading international journals.

  • Course: Management Essentials
  • Quote: ”I investigate how leadership supports collaboration between people so that challenges in organizations and the society can be mastered.”
  • Contact
Dr. Jana Leidenfrost (Photo: Det Kempke)

Dr. Jana Leidenfrost

...accompanies individuals, teams and organizations in transition situations on questions of leadership and the development of potential. She favors a holistic way of working that integrates both scientific principles and practical work with body and mind.

  • Course: Intrapersonal & Interpersonal Skills (In German)
  • Quote: “I am interested in professional mastery and leadership. That is because seeing matured personalities work with heart and mind in scientific, technical or entrepreneurial responsibilities is a fulfilment of purpose to me.”
  • Contact
David Meier (Photo: Anne Sutthoff)

David Meier

…has been teaching English as a Second Language for 15 years in various disciplines, including but not limited to business and economics, computer game design, mechanical engineering, healthcare technologies, and building information systems. 

  • Course: Specialized English (Level 1), Specialized English (Level 2) (In German)
  • Quote: “I enjoy engaging the students, giving them the freedom to demonstrate their enthusiasm while challenging them to broaden their horizons and add to their skill sets.“
  • Contact
Dr. Sharon Nemeth (Photo: private)

Dr. Sharon Nemeth

…is a translator, copyeditor and lecturer at Hasso Plattner Institute. Her translation work includes a number of eminent HPI publications. In her work as a teacher, she takes a personal interest in addressing the language needs of her students in their academic and professional environments. 

  • Course: Academic Writing for Science (Engl. Level 3)
  • Quote: “It is my privilege to work with HPI students in addressing their real-life writing challenges, and thus removing at least some of the obstacles to writing well in English. With what they learn, students should ideally have a source to draw on for language support now and in the future.”
  • Contact
Dr. Alina Omerbasic-Schiliro (Photo: Antonino Schiliro)

Dr. Alina Omerbasic-Schiliro

...is a research associate at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Duisburg-Essen, as well as the Political Philosophy and Ethics chair at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Her research interests include applied ethics, meta-ethics, philosophical pessimism, and political philosophy.

  • Course: Ethical Issues in Digital Health
  • Quote: "The crucial question is no longer "should we digitize?" but rather "which values are important to us, could they be threatened by the introduction of new technologies, and how could this be prevented?"”
  • Contact
Prof. Dr. Anne Paschke (Photo: private)

Prof. Dr. Anne Paschke

...is a professor of public law, technology law and the law of digitalization, as well as executive director of the Institute of Law at the Technical University of Braunschweig. In her research, she specializes in legal issues in digitization, in the areas of data use and data protection, e-commerce, e-government e-health and media.

  • Course: Legal issues of "Data Engineering" (In German)
  • Quote: „Data asceticism no longer exists – therefore the practiced informational autonomy is more important than ever.”
  • Contact
Prof. Dr. Robert Ranisch

Prof. Dr. Robert Ranisch

...is an assistant professor of medical ethics with a focus on digitalization at the Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg, University of Potsdam. In his research and teaching, he is dedicated to various fields of ethics in the sciences, at the interface of technology, society and politics.

  • Course: Data and AI-Ethics  
  • Contact
Rainer Rehak (Photo: European Climate Foundation)

Rainer Rehak

...is a researcher at the German Internet Institute - the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. He researches and teaches in the areas of data protection, IT security, technology fictions, automation and artificial intelligence, as well as digitization and sustainability. He serves as an expert for courts, parliaments, and the Federal Constitutional Court, and is active in the executive committee of the "Computer Science and Ethics" expert group in the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI).

  • Course: Data Protection, Privacy and Ethics - Responsibility of the Individual and Society (In German)
  • Quote: "The key question is not how digitization changes society, but rather how society uses digitization. For this active formation, a compass and the right tools are needed: ethics and data protection."
  • Contact
Dr. habil Annedore Schulze

Dr. habil Annedore Schulze

…is a graduate psychologist, and an associate at the Institute of Psychology at Humboldt University and the Herbert Kelman Institute in Vienna. Her research interests are interpersonal conflicts in innovation processes in the research field of natural sciences and technology and intercultural conflicts. She is a trained psychodrama therapist (training Moreno Institute) and mediator (training with H. Kelman at Harvard University). Her practical work consists of supervising, training and coaching

  • Course: Interpersonal conflicts, conflict and negotiation management (In German)
  • Quote: “Part of one of my greatest personal experiences is to work on my own conflicts constructively in competent groups.”
  • Contact
Bernd Staudinger

Bernd Staudinger

...is the managing director of Moments Of Truth since 2022 with a focus on "Empowering NEXTGEN Leaders". He has over 25 years of international leadership experience, among others as director of the Corporate Academy Daimler AG, director HR & COM IT Systems Daimler AG and CIO Mitsubishi Motors in Japan. From 2009 to 2012, he was on the supervisory board of HHL Leipzig.

  • Course: Management & Leadership: "Moments of truth".
  • Quote: "If you want to guide people, you should understand what makes people tick."
Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel

Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel

…is professor for design thinking and innovation research at HPI. Together with his team, he explores methods and procedures of how the adaption and integration of human-centered design and design thinking in companies lead to sustainable business innovations. A special focus lies on software-driven products, processes and service innovations.

  • Course: Global Team-Based Innovation I & II
  • Quote: “Human-centered design is essential for developing software and sustainable digital innovations.”
  • Contact