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SIETAR India is proud to announce a pre-conference certification to be held prior to the conference on February 16th.

Virtual Performance Assessment from Intercultures: Full Day Certification

Schedule: February 16th, 8:30am - 5:00pm (including lunch)

Session Description: Virtuality has arrived in our professional realities. The winners of tomorrow will be companies that proactively drive the performance of their virtual co-operations (virtual leadership, remote project management, networking, etc.).

Do you experience the same changes that we do in our consulting services during the last years? Due to the globalization efforts of our customers and the increasing usage of communication technologies customer demands are getting increasingly complex: Not only do we have to deal with communication, cooperation and leadership in intercultural contexts, but also have to cover questions concerning virtual communication e.g. critical e-mail communication, netiquette, virtual meetings using web-based internet platforms plus time zone management. On top of that we are challenged by aspects of virtual leadership: remote project management and networking, usage of the right media for the right purpose in the context of employee management and authenticity.

In order to find solutions to these burning questions of your customers and to enlarge your product portfolio also to the virtual and intercultural world, we have developed a unique assessment tool specifically created to improve actions on the part of leaders, team members, and even entire organizations.

Some of the contents of the licensing workshop include: 

• Theoretical background on the diagnostic instrument and technical usage of the webbased VPA® platform

• How to interpret the results of the survey

• How to use the VPA process for teams, groups, network and virtual leadership scenarios

• How to market both the VPA tool and your corresponding services

Who should attend: Interculturalists, corprate and HR professionals, educationists and researchers, virtual trainers and coaches


Sujata Banerjee 

Sujata Banerjee was born in Germany, she grew up in Baden-Württemberg and India. She currently shuttles between her homes in Berlin and Pune. She graduated with an M.A. in Rhetorics, specializing in the field of cultural bias and strategic communication from Eberhard-Karls-University, Tuebingen. Her work with intercultures since 2005 focuses on keynotes, workshops and coaching in the areas of cultural awareness, intercultural team building, effective communication, presentation skills, expatriation preparation and country-specific trainings for India, France, Great Britain, South East Asia and Germany. 

One of her research projects focuses on hidden bias in virtual communication processes. She received her VPA® certification in 2011 and has integrated content and methodology into several workshops. Her long standing virtual team building expertise has proved beneficial to customers such as Fairtrade, Munich Re and Daimler. She also regularly lectures in the fields of International Business, Strategic Communication and Compliance at German and Indian universities. 

Stefan Meister

Stefan Meister is the founder of intercultures, a European quality leader in intercultural competence development. His area of expertise lies in the field of leadership training and coaching, intercultural training for the cultures he worked in, global business skills, and improving the performance of virtual international teams.

A consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach since 1986, Stefan Meister owes his specialization in the intercultural field to extensive stays in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain. He is the author of “Closeness at a Distance”, a book about high performance in virtual collaboration, and the co-developer of the online-assessment tools “Virtual Performance Assessment (VPA)®” and “Feedback Profiler®”.

In the course of his career, Stefan Meister has worked with more than 70 international companies in more that 30 different countries, amongst them Lufthansa, Siemens, Daimler, Thyssen Krupp, Bosch, Volkswagen, Bayer Healthcare, Schott, Johnson Controls, Osram, Giesecke & Devrient, RWE and SAP.


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