Dr. Nilüfer Boysan-Dietrich
Nilüfer's affiliation to Japan was established, when her parents had their diplomatic assignment in Tokyo. She was seven years old. The Japanese impressions left significant influence on her cognitive development. After Tokyo, Nilüfer lived in Ankara and New York and finally planted root in Munich, Germany. She studied Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Würzburg. The intercultural mindset was something innate to Nilüfer, and it was not surprising, that she chose this path to become intercultural trainer. She was one of the founding members of SIETAR Germany. Nilüfer not only brought numerous leaders and international teams to intercultural awareness, but helped them to achieve positive dynamic in the 'critical' situation they often had. It is also a natural development, that she gained more and more consciousness in leading with mindfulness. She is currently undergoing a Trainer education of MBSR (Mindful-Based-Stress-Reduction) to become a qualified instructor at the renowned Benediktushof (Centre of Meditation and Mindfulness), in Holzkirchen/Unterfranken, Germany. Mindfulness in intercultural communication, at the moment, is the most-talked-about topic amongst the pioneers of this field. Nilüfer will provide MBSR courses combined with intercultural experience and knowledge from 2020.
Nilüfer's favourite intercultural quote:
"The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather, to what he does not say." (Kahlil Gibran)
Contact Nilüfer in her Munich office here.
Mitsuyo Rikuhashi Reiffinger
Mitsuyo was born in Osaka as a third generation overseas Taiwan Chinese. Her grandfather chose to use the name, Rikuhashi, a fusion of Chinese and Japanese characters meaning 'land' and 'bridge', respectively. This name represents what she is now; a bridge between different cultures. After graduating from SOAS, University of London, with a degree in Sinology | Art History | Archaeology, Mitsuyo worked extensively in tourism and service industry as a licensed tour guide of Austria. She also obtained a diploma in interpreting | translation from the University of Bath, and worked as a licensed interpreter all over Europe, helping international clients to successfully communicate with each other. This experience enabled her to understand cultural aspects of various countries. As a hybrid herself of Japanese, Chinese, English and Austrian, she is keenly aware of their diversities. Her strength lies in being able to transform these diversities into a positive dynamism. She is available to support her clients from different cultures to enhance communication amongst them.
Mitsuyo's favourite intercultural quote:
"When you learn about the teaching and the practice of another tradition, you always have a chance to understand your own teaching and practice." (Thich Nhat Hanh)
Contact Mitsuyo in her Salzburg office here.