I obtained my PhD at the Saarland University (Germany) in Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication. My doctoral thesis focused on qualitative research to identify different training methods in intercultural settings. I worked as Lecturer and Research Associate in international projects and intercultural communication for many years. Now I give intercultural trainings, Yoga trainings and I do research at the Quality of Life Lab of the University of Geneva, and in collaboration with yoga teacher colleagues. I am also a trained and practicing yoga teacher which allows me to combine yoga research and practice. I coordinate the Glion Colloquium (University of Geneva), an informal five- day meeting of university presidents worldwide to address the future of learning and research at universities, as well as their role to enhance a sustainable future in the world.

Gerlinde Kristahn