Katharina Maak

Katharina Maak

"Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar." - “Walker, there is no path to follow, you make the path by walking.” (Antonio Machado)

Hello, my name is Katharina Maak and I’m passionate about cultures and languages, and especially about getting to know people and their stories. I studied Cultural Studies at the German-Polish border and have been living and working in several European countries since then. This passion and experience is the foundation of my professional career. Since 2015 I have been working as an intercultural trainer on cross-cultural communication, cultural awareness, team-building and virtual teams, as well as various topics concerning the communication and interaction in professional context. At the same time I am teaching these topics to students in different Business Schools and Universities of Applied Sciences.


Spain, Italy, Germany, Argentina


German, English, Spanish, Italian
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Professional Background

  • Relocation service for Chinese students; work experience in a Spanish SME as part of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program (2019-2020)
  • Berlin Certificate of Teaching Internationally (2019), Berliner Zentrum für Hochschullehre
  • Collaboration on a trinational research project on “Global Virtual Teams 2018”; Cooperation between Furtwangen University, Universidad de Málaga and Lahti University
  • Since 2017: lecturer at Berlin School of Economics, University of Applied Science, Berlin, EBS University of Business and Law, Wiesbaden, l’ESCEN, Bordeaux
  • Intercultural Trainer Certificate (2014), Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Conception and Implementation of intercultural trainings, Fundamentals of Intercultural Business Communication
  • Binational PhD (2006-2010) at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Cultural Studies (2002-2006) with focus on social science, cultural history, cultural management

Experience as Coach

  • Since 2015: working as an Intercultural Trainer
  • Approximate number of conducted trainings and/or coaching sessions: 40
  • Number of countries that I have worked in: 6
  • Trainer for a student exchange organization (2000-2009)

Additional Work Experience

  • Project coordinator at County Council Gartz (Oder), Department of regional development, coordination of cross-border projects within the Euroregion Pomerania (Interreg, LEADER)
  • Program coordinator for a federal health program, region of Brandenburg
  • Coordination and implementation of a German-Polish project at Europa-Universität Viadrina to strengthen rural, structurally lagging regions and a networks of local actors, initiative: “Revitalization of the Way of St. James in Brandenburg”
  • Freelance language teacher and trainer, German & English (2007-2008)
  • Collaboration with various Spanish local governments, LEADER + regional groups and Xacobeo S.A. Galicia as part of dissertation project (2007-2010)

What Clients Say About Me

“Bespoke, valid and applicable culture training, useful in many situations both in work and personal life. The training has broadened my perspectives and is greatly appreciated. Katharina Maak provided very helpful advices and showed great passion for the training.
James Philip, participant Intercultural Preparation Training

“It was a pleasure to have such a professional trainer and listen to my mother tongue properly speaking.”
Azucena García, participant Intercultural Preparation Training

“Katharina Maak is very easy to work with and has a very good expertise in teaching and cultural training. She consistently demonstrated a strong work investment in her work thanks to a solid organization and excellent communication through telecommuting. It was a great pleasure to work with Katharina and I would definitively appreciate collaborating again with her in the future!”
Florie Laurentjoye, Education abroad Coordinator at ESCEN

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