Asia-Europe Cross-Cultural Summer Academy 2013


The theoretical parts of each course was facilitated by European and Asian docents.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller

Dr. Andreas MüllerAndreas Müller is the Dean of Karlshochschule International University in Karlsruhe, Germany. After a period of five years of entrepreneurial activities in Ecuador, South America, he took up university studies in Mannheim, Germany, where he graduated with a Masters degree in Linguistics. While working on his PhD thesis, he held a scholarship of the Institute of German Language (IDS) in Mannheim; his research was focused on stylistic means in the use of language in the workplace. In subsequent research activities, his focus moved towards a more anthropological perspective on the conversational interaction of the members of organizations. One of his major research projects included comparative analyses of organizational language use in German, Spanish and French factories. This study was based on participant observation in the factories and on the analysis of previously recorded meetings. At this stage, the intercultural issues of international business came into consideration. In 2006, Dr. Andreas joined Karlshochschule International University, as the head of the Intercultural Management and Communication program. At the same time he took office of the international relations of Karlshochschule. Among his recent research activities, he seeks for a narrative approach towards entrepreneurial innovation, a longitudinal research on the acquisition of intercultural competence, and for a deeper understanding of the communicative stylistics in organizational environments. He has published and edited several books and about twenty articles on the communication in organizations, the ethnography of organizational talk and the stylistics of the verbal interaction at the workplace. His main teaching subjects are Intercultural Communication, Organizational Rhetoric, and Cross-Cultural Management.


Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria

Dr. Denison JayasooriaDr. Denison Jayasooria is Principal Research Fellow at Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), UKM. He was former member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and a member of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Police to enhance the operations and management of the Royal Malaysian Police Force (2004-2005). Currently he is an Exco member of the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (Proham). His current research areas are in adopting a human rights approach to ethnic relations with specific reference to minorities and marginalized communities. He has been active in public policy advocacy. Dr. Denison was conferred the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) by the Malaysian Paramount Ruler in 2006 which carries the title Datuk. His key publications are Social Development & Indians in Malaysia, an Agenda for Social Inclusion (2008, YSS, KL), Politics and Service: the Experiences of Banting Jaya (2002, JJ Resources, KL) and Disabled People, Citizenship & Social Work, the Malaysian Experience (2000, Asean Academic Press, London). His recently published book is National Development Plans and Indians in Malaysia: A Need for Comprehensive Policies and Effective Deliveries (2011). He graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Divinity, Serempore College, India; received his Diploma in Advanced Study of Social Policy from Oxford Polytechnic, United Kingdom in 1990 and a PhD. in Sociology from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom in 1996.


Prof. Dr. Louise Bielzer

Foto Louise BielzerProf. Louise Bielzer holds a chair in Communication and Strategic Management at Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe. She is Head of Studies in the German and English-language taught program MEEC Management (Meetings, Exhibitions, Events and Conventions) and elected member of Karlshochschule’s Senate. As full professor since 2007 at Karlshochschule, she is a regularly invited guest lecturer at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, the University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom and the Fachhochschule Kufstein (Tirol), Austria, where she was awarded a Guest Professorship in Summer Term 2011. Before assuming the professorship at Karlshochschule in September 2007, Louise Bielzer has been working as senior consultant at SYMBIOS AG, a consulting company with a focus on special properties such as event venues and airports, for six years. She got familiar with multicultural teamwork and managing cultural diversity by being responsible for more than 100 consulting projects in different European countries. With project and teaching experience in England, France, Italy, Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland she speaks English, Italian, French and German. Louise Bielzer studied Modern and European History, Political Science and Communications Science at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universtität Münster, Germany. She graduated with a dissertation on the “Perception, Limits and Opportunities of the Principle of Subsidiarity in the European Union. An International Comparative Analysis from Historic Perspective“, including a content analysis of English, French, Italian, Swedish and German newspapers, and received her Ph.D. with highest honour in 2001. As a member of the German-Italian-Society she supports the German-Italian cooperation and has a particular interest for intercultural management issues and business communication of Italian and German corporations.


Prof. Dr. K.S. Nathan

Prof. K.S.  NathanProf. Dr. K.S. Nathan is currently a Principal Fellow in the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. He holds a B.A. Hons. (Class 2 Upper) in History from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur (1971); Ph.D. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University in California, USA (1975); LL.B. Hons (Class 2 Upper) from the University of London (1992), Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board, Malaysia [April 1996], and LL.M. from the University of London [November 1996].  He is also a college-trained teacher (Malaysian Teachers College-Regional Training Centre, Kuala Lumpur), having obtained a Certificate in Education (Cert.Ed.) in 1966.  He was professor of International Relations in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur from 1994-2001, Senior Fellow in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore (2001-2007), Head of the Centre for American Studies (KAMERA) in the Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON) from April 2007 until December 2012, Deputy Director of IKON from 2008 – 2010, and Director of the Institute of Malaysian & International Studies (IKMAS) in UKM from January 2011- April 2013. He is also the current President of the Malaysian Association for American Studies (MAAS).

Professor Nathan has several publications including ten books (one as author, and nine as editor), including:  Detente and Soviet Policy in Southeast Asia (1984); Trilateralism in Asia: US-Japan-ASEAN Relations (1986); American Studies in Malaysia: Current State and Future Direction (1986); North America & the Asia-Pacific in the 21st Century: Challenges & Prospects for Cooperative Security and Prosperity (1999); India and ASEAN: The Growing Partnership for the 21st Century (2000); The European Union, United States and ASEAN: Challenges and Prospects for Cooperative Engagement in the 21st Century , ASEAN Academic Press, London (2002);  Islam in Southeast Asia: Political, Social and Strategic Challenges for the 21st Century (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2005;  First Reprint: 2006); and Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies: Challenges and Prospects for Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States in the New Millennium (First published: 2007, 2nd Printing: July 2010); and numerous articles in local, regional, and international journals.  His teaching, research, and publications are largely in the area of international relations and strategic studies, globalization, U.S. foreign policy, and ASEAN’s relations with major external powers (USA, China, Japan, India and EU), Malaysian politics and foreign policy, and regional security. He is also a regular media commentator on current affairs. Prof. Nathan has served as a Consultant/External Examiner/External Assessor to several Institutions of Higher Learning and Research  in Malaysia, Singapore, and overseas.


Dr. Ravichandran Moorthy

Foto Ravichandran Moorthy 150x150Dr. Ravichandran Moorthy is Senior Lecturer with the Strategic Studies & International Relations Programme, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, where he teaches International Relations and Asia Pacific Security. Prior to his University position, he was a senior officer in the cadre of Diplomatic and Administrative Service, in the Malaysian civil service.  He served in several positions at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Malaysia and the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and as Head of Multilateral Division, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia. He is active in several UNESCO working groups in the Ethics and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific (ECCAP) project. He is currently the President of Asia Pacific Forum on Ethics and Social Justice, Vice President for the Asian Bioethics Association and Academic Group member of the Indian Ocean Rim Association of Regional Cooperation (IORARC). In 2008, he was part of the Malaysian delegation to the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. He has also participated as part of the Malaysian delegation in the Malaysia-India Strategic Partnership Dialogue in Mac 2012. In January 2012, he was invited by University of Madras, India to deliver the University Endowment Lecture entitled Just War Doctrine: An Ethical Challenge. He was also appointed by UNESCO as regional expert for consultation on the revision to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Dr Ravi is also a fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar. His has also worked on several funded research project on Non-Traditional Security, China’s Energy Security and ASEAN regionalism.


Dr. Asma Abdullah

Dr. Asma AbdullahDr. Asma Abdullah (PhD) is Consultant and facilitator in Intercultural Management and a regular speaker at both local and international conferences on the influence of culture on management. As a freelance consultant, trainer and facilitator she conducts cross cultural orientations for both foreign and local Malaysian managers on living and working abroad. She also teaches at both graduate and doctoral levels on topics related to Cross Cultural Management, Human Resource Development, Managing Change, Organizational Development and Change, and Organizational Behavior. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia and a part-time lecturer at the Graduate School of Management, Universiti Putra, Serdang. She retired from ExxonMobil after 22 years in HR where she designed and conducted numerous human resource development programs for both managerial and non-managerial staff. While in Exxon she worked closely with mainly Anglo-Saxon managers as well as local Malaysian managers to enable them to understand cross-cultural issues. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Education from Monash University, Melbourne; Master in Educational Technology from University of Southern California in Los Angeles; Master in Counseling Education from University Malaya and a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Universiti Kebangsaan, Bangi, Malaysia. She has also written and published more than 40 articles on culture, women, training and development and authored 5 books on Understanding the Malaysian Workforce, Going Glocal published by Malaysian Institute of Management and Understanding Multicultural Malaysia by Pearson-Prentice Hall. The other two books are on Culture Matters and Insights on Malaysian Culture.

In 1994, she received a Fulbright scholarship and presented seminars in the USA to managers and scholars on culture and management. She served as a member on the Board of the Malaysian American Cultural and Educational Exchange (MACEE) from 1997 to 2005, as a member of the Advisory Board for ASLI’s Center for Public Policy Studies, and as a member of Sisters In Islam and Facilitators Network Services of Malaysia. She has facilitated training sessions for Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Petronas, Philip Morris, TESCO, the German Malaysian Institute, Broken-Hill Properties, Price Waterhouse Coopers, PLUS, Ranhill, Corp., Hewlett-Packard, Dell and MAS, to only name a few.