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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.

"Es gibt nichts Gutes, außer man tut es." (Erich Kästner)

Dr. Jan-Marek
Managing Director

Jan-Marek Pfau studied economics at the University of Witten/Herdecke and received his doctorate on the question of how cultures influence the ability of organizations to change. He conducted his alternative civilian service in Lebanon and gained further work experience with international management consultancies based in Brussels and Berlin. Before joining Interpool, he was responsible for all People & Organization processes globally at an automotive supplier. Jan-Marek Pfau combines a broad experience in HR consulting with a deep practical view on large organizations and complex administration, especially family businesses and their own management dynamics. His work is characterized by strategic results orientation, a pronounced pragmatism and down-to-earth approach, as well as a great deal of enjoyment in discourses regarding people, their driving forces and their concerns.

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

Head of Operations & Senior HR 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.

“Look more closely at what is there.” Marie Kondo

Team Lead Talent Acquisition

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.

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.” Aldous Huxley

Finance and Recruiting Specialist

Jeanne Kruschel's special connection to France stems not only from her bilingual education at the Lycée Français in Berlin, but also from the school year she spent in our neighboring country, to expand her linguistic expertise. During her studies at the Humboldt-University in Berlin she also spent time in Italy, which is why she is now fluent not only in German and English, but French and Italian as well. Jeanne was employed in the administrative branch of a well-known international car dealership for several years, during which she discovered her natural affinity to financial management and bookkeeping – an affinity she honed by visiting evening classes after work. She now works in interpool`s candidate management and runs our internal finances and general administration.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

Limo Flores
Senior HR Consultant „Agile Diagnostics“

Sarah Limo Flores studied business psychology at the university of Göttingen and technical university of Braunschweig. After longer stays in Argentina and Peru she completed a trainer qualification for intercultural competences. Beside the conception and implementation of intercultural trainings she is also lecturing in two colleges. At interpool she is responsible for national and international recruiting projects. Furthermore she participates in planning and implementing assessment centres and leads intercultural and interview trainings. In addition to her mother tongue German, she also speaks English and Spanish fluently.

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

Senior HR Consultant “Executive Search”

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.

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." Francis of Assisi

HR Consultant

Robert Bowen's background is of German and Irish origin. After his apprenticeship in Banking, he studied Business, Economics and Adult Education. Subsequently, his interest in Behavioural Sciences lead him to his Master Degree in Intercultural Personnel Development and Communication Management. Robert’s most enthralling experience abroad was a field research project on Microfinance in the villages and slums of Vadodara (India). Robert’s main responsibility at Interpool is to support the team on international recruiting projects and intercultural assessment centres. Next to this, Robert occasionally works as a trainer and freelance consultant on organisation and communication matters, for various companies, public entities and non-profit organisations.

 "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." Elbert Hubbard

HR Consultant

Mareike Schmitt, born in Germany, lived abroad in the USA and in Great Britain. After her time overseas she moved back to Germany and finished her Abitur in Berlin. After ten years of living in Berlin she moved to southern Germany and studied Health Care Management while working at Kieser Training. In April 2018 she started working by Interpool helping out with the recruiting management and national and international recruiting projects.

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean

HR Consultant

Nik Hanebaum studied psychology with a focus on work and organizational psychology. For this purpose, he moved to the Netherlands early, where he not only completed his studies in Enschede and Amsterdam, but also promoted the integration of international students and organized international introductory weeks. After his master's degree in Amsterdam, he started recruiting and took on international projects focusing on Eastern Europe and the Netherlands. At Interpool, Nik is involved in the International Recruitment and Selection process while also helping to design and implement national and international assessment centers.

“It is the lives we encounter that make life worth living.” Guy de Maupassant

Recruiting Specialist

Elisa Hachenberger was born in Berlin and studied Psychology at the Humboldt University there. She gained international experience mainly in Canada and Spain, which is also why she speaks fluent English and Spanish. Early in her career she conducted intercultural workshops and accompanied international candidates and students during her studies. Later she expanded her professional experience into the area of diagnostics, personnel selection and consulting, among others within the Organizational Psychological Services at the German Bundesagentur für Arbeit. At interpool she handles national and international recruiting projects as well as a variety of tasks with a focus on aptitude testing and skills assessment processes. Apart from that she supports our clients in their application management processes and their related "candidate experience".

“I could either watch it happen or be part of it.” Elon Musk

Recruiting Specialist

Juan Sanchez originally studied Tourism & Business Management in Tenerife, Spain. After starting his career in the Hospitality sector, he then joined a Berlin based startup as a team lead in recruitment and customer service, before joining interpool as a Senior Consultant for international projects and IT positions. Juan is native Spanish, married to a Polish, speaks fluent German and he likes Asian and African food and music. A true interpool spirit, and always up for a good laugh with friends and colleagues.

“My answer is: Recognize yourself in others.” Nadine Gordimer

Recruiting Specialist

 Clara Windisch, born in Dresden, studied African literature and Gender Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. After spending one college year in Cape Town, South Africa she gained further international experience during a study visit to different countries in western Africa. She also worked as a volunteer in the Netherlands, giving language courses for refugees without legal status. After working at the Freie Volksbühne Berlin e.V. and as assistant to the board at a Berlin based Think Tank she now supports our clients in their application management process.

“Freedom means that you do not necessarily need to do everything like other people are doing it.” Astrid Lindgren

Recruiting Specialist

Helena Drawert – a native from Wolfsburg in Northern Germany – studied German Linguistics, Sociology and Media Sciences at universities in Hanover and Madrid. Early in her career she worked as a scientific assistant and lecturer in the field of intercultural communication and trainings as well as for German as a foreign language. Furthermore she gained work experiences at universities and companies in England, India and Mexico. Being an interculturalist from her heart, after relocating to Berlin for personal reasons she was bound to join interpool eventually, which she then did in early 2018. Since then she is involved in a variety of recruitment, training and consulting projects, focusing on the field of trainees and young professionals.

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

Recruiting Specialist

Sergül Tanriver – born in Berlin with Turkish roots – studied Business Administration at the Technical University of Berlin. She worked for several years in the Human Resources department of an international biotech company where she was responsible for all students, trainees and temps. After spending two and a half years in Cologne as a youth project leader she moved back to Berlin and completed further education as Systemic Business Coach. At interpool she is in charge of the pre-selection and the application management of university graduates and trainees for our clients.

"The future depends on what we do today" - Mahatma Gandhi

Recruiting Specialist

Julia Klose – born and raised in Bremen – owns a completed apprenticeship in the field of office communication and studied business administration in Berlin. In her working-student job Julia was able to gain valuable experiences in working with intercultural teams. She made her first practical experiences in the area of recruiting during her time as a member of the Recruiting-Team for technical graduates at Deutsche Bahn. At interpool Julia is in charge of the pre-selection and the application management of university graduates and trainees for our clients.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause und reflect." Mark Twain

Recruiting Specialist

Anne Köpke spent most of her childhood in Schleswig-Holstein and has been living and working in Berlin and Brandenburg since 2002. She spent a longer time in Spain. She dreamed of working in a bookstore and completed an apprenticeship (Ausbildung) as a Bookseller. Consequently she worked there for a couple of years before she decided to study sociology, psychology and education at the University of Potsdam. As sociologist she worked for five years in the city council of a smaller city in Brandenburg. There she was responsible for change and process management. In the course of her work, she discovered the concept of systemic counselling as a very fertile approach to finding harmonious solutions for all parties. For interpool Anne supports the recruiting-centre team in the back office.

"You cannot discover new continents without loosing sight of old shores" André Gide

Student Trainee Business Administration

Michel Kuschela, born and raised in Berlin, gained first practical experience in Security Management and dealt in this context with questions of Human Resource Management. Since October 2018 he is part of interpool as a working student, where he is going to support each of interpool’s teams at different stages of his traineeship. In his free time, Michel is a passionate badminton player and gets fascinated by the game of chess.

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

Senior Consultant & Trainer

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 worked here as the managing director until 2020. Today, he consults interpool 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..

"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 & Trainer

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, Trainer & Coach

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.


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

Senior Consultant, Trainer & Coach

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.

"To be is to do."Immanuel Kant

Dr. Jingjing
Senior Consultant & Trainer

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 & Trainer

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.