Vera Braun is an academic staff member and a doctoral candidate at the Chair of Business and Economics Education 1 (Prof. Deissinger) of the University of Konstanz since October 2015. Her professional background is an economic one, deriving from the completion of an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk. After her graduation from the bachelor’s program in Business Administration and Economics at the University of Konstanz in 2013, she completed her M.Sc. in Business and Economics Education in Konstanz in September 2015.
Her research interests focus on vocational education and training and vocational teacher education in an international perspective in link with meritocracy and personal and social identity. Currently she is involved in the Erasmus+ project “Improving Teacher Education for Applied Learning in the Field of VET”, that aims at capacity building in vocational teacher education at the Ukrainian partner universities.
Caroline Bonnes received her PhD in education from the Goethe University in Frankfurt. She is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Chair of Business Education & Human Resource Development at the University of Konstanz. Her research focus is on professional training and the (pedagogical) competence of the trainer person.
Elisabeth Maué holds a BA and MA in Educational Studies. She received her PhD at the Institute of Education at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). At the moment, she works as a research associate for the Chair of Business and Economics Education II and the Chair of Microsociology at the University of Konstanz (Germany). Her research interests are the integration and education of refugees, state-wide exit examinations, educational systems, and empirical educational research.
Kathrin Breuing has studied Business and Economics Education as well as Economics at the University of Konstanz where she also took her Ph.D. in 2013. After having a Ph.D. position at the Chair of Business and Economics Education of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas Deißinger, she obtained a postdoctoral position at Prof. Deißinger’s chair. Since 2015, she is Independent Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Konstanz, since 2017 Associated Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz. Kathrin Breuing regularly holds lectures and seminars in the field of Business and Economics Education. Her research interests include knowledge work, digital transformation and corporate learning. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics, M.Sc. in Business and Economics Education.
Dr. Amitabh Anand is Assistant Professor at SKEMA Business School, France. He heads the BBA Entrepreneurship Program. He is part of the ShaRP research group in SKEMA, and is involved in knowledge management, bibliometrics, knowledge sharing & organizational behaviour topics for research. Amitabh won the 2014 to 2016 doctoral scholarship from NEOMA Business School France and. He finished his Ph.D from NEOMA Business School and holds the 2014-2016 PhD assistantship scholarship in France and received scholarship for Twinning MBA from University of Stockholm, Sweden & Esc-Pau, France. He also holds an additional masters in Public administration from India.
Susanne Wisshak studied educational science with special focus on adult education in Augsburg, Germany. After her graduation in 2010 she worked in a research facility, the “Wolf Science Center”, in Austria, where she developed and implemented educational programs for the public. In 2012 she took up a position as an academic staff member at the Chair of Corporate Education at the University of Konstanz, Germany, where she wrote her dissertation about the professional knowledge of workplace trainers. After obtaining her doctorate in 2017 she stayed at the Chair of Corporate Education where she now holds a postdoc-position.
Jeremy Elliott-Engel is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Agriculture, Leadership and Community Education at Virginia Tech. His focus is on adult and non-formal teaching and learning, primarily in the context of Cooperative Extension. Elliott-Engel is fascinated with administrator’s ways of knowing, scanning, and their resulting decision making because organizational effectiveness is an essential component of the environment that allows for program continuation and responsiveness. Before returning to graduate school Elliott-Engel was a County Program Director for University of Missouri Extension. He holds a Masters in Education from Cornell University, and a Bachelors in Agriculture Business Management from State University of New York at Cobleskill. He is the Graduate Teaching
assistant for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Graduate Teaching Scholars program. His research focuses on extension program effectiveness, adult learners’ communities of practice and 4-H volunteers.
Katrina is interested in organisational transformation and the related aspects of leadership, psychologically safety, change and organizational learning. Originally an agricultural consultant, she has experience in a range of organisational types and spent many years in a family farming business in rural Australia. Her PhD, 'Natural Resource Management Agencies as Learning Organisations', has brought together her skills in natural resource management, agriculture, local government, management and people. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), an Honours Degree in Rural Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics. She has completed additional training in coaching, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), group facilitation, action learning, mindfulness and neuroscience. She loves travel, snow skiing, beautiful scenery and kind people!
Oksana Melnyk is an academic assistant at the Chair of Business and Economics Education I at the University of Konstanz. The sphere of her scientific interests includes foreign systems of vocational education, teacher training for vocational education, policy-making in vocational education. After receiving a Master Degree in Education, she participated in the Program of Internship in the Parliament of Ukraine, which provided with an opportunity of gaining an insight experience of policy-making and work at the state legislative bodies. In 2013, she started her postgraduate study at Kyiv National Economic University and completed it in 2017, defending her PhD thesis, which concerned training of vocational teachers of economics at German universities. In 2016-2017, she conducted a part of her thesis research at the University of Konstanz and the University of Mannheim as a DAAD scholarship holder.
Ganesh Koramannil is a research scholar with the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University, in Darwin Australia. Ganesh has worked in the areas of ESL, TESOL, Linguistics, Literacy and English Literature for 20 years. He has worked in various parts of India, and Australia. Over the last decade he has worked mostly in the Northern Territory. Ganesh has teaching experience in Higher Education, Vocational, ELICOS and High School sectors. His areas of interest include education, languages, cultural studies, Indigenous knowledges, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD), English for Academic purposes in Higher Education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Education Policy, ESL/TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy, Ethnic minorities and access to higher education.
His research has had the perspective of an inquirer from an ESL background. His Masters’ thesis on the social perspectives of English education in India during the British Raj was awarded a High Distinction. His background as an ESL student, ESL educator, Cambridge ESOL Examiner, and his teaching practices in Higher Education, extensively influences his research interests. His current research investigates the impact of English language proficiency on Indigenous students from EALD backgrounds in accessing university education.
I learned so much valuable information. Having the chance to chair some of the sessions gave me the chance to meet other individuals from all over the world opened my eyes to so many opportunities for my future."
The exposure to many speakers of various themes and the ability to interact with scholars and practitioners who work in areas similar to mine were the highlights of being a part of this conference. "