Bettina Ungerer, Managing Director
The Intercultural Institute (ICI)
Mrs. Bettina Ungerer currently serves as Managing
Director of the Intercultural Institute. She brings a wide range of
experiences in the public, academic and private sector to this
position, having worked with multinational corporations,
international organizations and the government sector throughout
Europe and the U.S. Her work in the U.S., France, Belgium, Germany,
Switzerland, India and the Netherlands has provided her with an
expertise in Crisis-Issue Management, Government and Corporate
Affairs, as well as Communications and Anti-Corruption.
For the last six years, Mrs. Ungerer has worked as Vice President
for ABN AMRO, one of the largest banks in the Netherlands, launching
the bank’s Sustainability Program and representing the bank in
internal and external consultations with Multilaterals, Governments,
NGOs and the Academia. After three years, she was seconded as Senior
Policy Adviser to the Dutch Foreign Ministry, being the first
representative from the private sector representing the Dutch
Government in negotiations with other donor governments, the World
Bank, IFC, and at international conferences such as the
International Con-ference on Improving Governance and Fighting
Corruption, the International Labour Conference 2007 (Rapporteur for
the Committee on Sustainable Enterprises), as well as the EU
Conference on Decent Work for all, to name just a few.
In her previous work in Brussels, she represented American companies
and acted as liaison delegate between the private sector and the
institutions of the European Union, member state governments and
international organizations. At the EU Committee of the American
Chamber of Commerce, she was elected Chair of the Consumer Affairs &
Health Committee and in this position published the first EU
Committee Guide to European Consumer Legislation in 2000.
Mrs. Ungerer is a German national, born in Brussels, and speaks
English, French, Dutch and Spanish. She holds a German law degree
and a post-graduate degree in European law from the University of
Saarbruecken, where she also lectured on the American legal system
and its terminology.
Her professional experience and eloquence have made her an
attractive speaker at high level conferences, enabling her to speak
on a wide range of topics. Next to her speaking engagements, she has
developed and taught diverse training courses on crisis management,
media training, EU decision making, Sustainable Development,
Anti-corruption, as well as ethics and NGO engagement.
Mrs. Ungerer has been an active member of the following business
associations: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development,
IMD-Sustainable Development, The Conference Board, EU Committee of
the American Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, UNICE-Committee of
Company Affairs, European Foundation Centre - Corporate Citizenship
Committee (EFC), the European Foundation for Management Development
(efmd) and the German-American Lawyers’ Association.
Most of her life, Mrs. Ungerer has lived in different parts of the
world as a foreigner. This has allowed her to recognise the
necessity to become acquainted with the sensitivities, habits and
traditions of every country and culture and thus enabled her to live
and act there with the due respect for that country, its people and
its respective history.
Guido Auen, Member of the Management
The Intercultural Institute (ICI)
Mr. Guido Auen has been with The Intercultural Institute since 2005.
He has various experience in corporate, private and governmental practice,
both, in the U.S. and Europe. After his studies of Law in Passau, Germany
and Columbus, Ohio/USA, Mr. Auen lived in the United States for several
years, holding various positions in international organizations. He has been
a Manager to the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern
United States, the official Representative of German Industry and Trade to the
Southern United States in Atlanta, and an Advisor to the Delegation of the European
Commission to the United Nations in New York. Previous positions also
include 6 years of consultancy for the American Institute for Foreign Studies
(AIFS, Inc.) and several stages in Brussels, Belgium, as Assistant to the
Cabinet of Dr. h.c. Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission
and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry.
In his career, Mr. Auen worked with
many heads of state, known business leaders, politicians, prominent people from civil
society and various international organizations.
Mr. Auen is unmarried and currently
resides in Germany. Being a native German, he also speaks English, French and Italian.
He is an active member in various business organizations such as the German American
Lawyers Association or the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany and belongs
to several other charities and clubs.
Mr. Auen publishes and lectures extensively on
the subject of transatlantic relations and contributes articles on this topic to magazines,
newspapers and international business publications on a regular basis.