CULTURAL BRIDGE

 

Cultural Bridge is a non-profit organization, founded in 2015 by Dr. Vishnu Ramdeo as part of his German Chancellor ‘s fellowship and within the Institute of Area Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin, under guidance of the Institute ‘s Director, Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein.

Since then we aim to foster a mutual knowledge transfer between India and Germany through cultural exchange programs in both countries.  Inaugurated in the Indian Embassy of Berlin, Cultural Bridge has send many students to India, to participate in cultural exchange and internship programs, as well as in social and research projects. In 2018 we are looking forward to start hosting Indian students in Germany as well, to fulfill our promise of a holistic, cultural exchange program.

What sets us apart from other cultural exchange programs is our strong focus on the expectations and requirements of the individual and the high demand on ourselves to create an environment which is familiar and open-minded. Every program can be customized according to the interests and expectations of each participant.

Furthermore, we intensively integrate our participants in the local life in Germany or India, not only by supporting them in their projects, but also by ensuring that they get in contact with locals considerably and get to know regional institutions. Giving all those opportunities, we provide a broad insight and understanding of the living conditions on the ground.

In our opinion there is, especially in the modern and globalized world we are living in, nothing more important than fighting intolerance, stereotypes and eurocentric ideologies. We believe that this can especially happen through respectful and progressive intercultural encounters and communication.

Cultural Bridge. Connecting Cultures. Changing Perspectives.

 

TEAM

 

Being an Indo-German “Masala”, we unite the expertise of both nationalities. We know both sides and will support you effectively in  preparing and realising your stay abroad. Benefit from our dedicated partner network and our international experience to get the best out of your stay.

 

Dr. Vishnu Ramdeo

Founder, Programm Manager, Director

Dr. Vishnu Ramdeo has been an avid Researcher and Entrepreneur with a deep commitment to promoting excellence in higher education in India. After working as a Manager in various multinational companies for nearly five years, he left the corporate sector to focus on research, pursue his PhD and initiate his own projects. He is the Founder and Director of the Ramdeo College of Management and Science, which was started with the motive to create a difference in higher Education whilst working within the existing system. He has forged new partnerships to qualitatively improve teaching standards and re-envisioned the concept of education in rural areas of India, especially Rajasthan. He is also the initiator of the “Indo German Forum for Young Leaders” under the patronage of established leaders of both countries. Dr. Ramdeo is the recipient of the German Chancellor’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Fellowship, 2015. Hosted by Humboldt University, he is presently based in Berlin, Germany, working on qualitatively improving higher educational systems by collaborations between educational institutions of India and the EU.

 

Enya Christensen

Head of Operations

Enya Christensen is previously doing her Bachelor’s degree in Area Studies for Asia and Africa with a main emphasis on South Asia at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Through her studies and travels she has a profound knowledge of India and has been learning Hindi for the past four years.  For several years she has been active as a leading member of the refugee help organization ‘Stop Deportation e.V.’ in Berlin. Her main interests lies in intercultural understanding, environmental protection and the empowerment of marginalized groups.

 

Gaurav Sharma

Project Advisor, Program Facilitator

Gaurav Sharma is the recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for year 2015-2016, by the Alexander von-Humboldt Foundation. Gaurav is also the recipient of the Young Leaders from the ‘Crans Montana Forum’, class of 2014. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Asia Division in Berlin. Gaurav was the Political Advisor at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi from 2012 to 2015. From 2011 to 2012 he was the Research Assistant at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi. From 2010 to 2011 he studied at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and did his Masters of Advanced Studies in International and European Security. He has a bachelor in Information Technology and was an engineer in his previous avatar, working in various banking technology divisions in Mumbai, Singapore and Australia with Infosys, Merrill Lynch and Serco Global Services Pvt. Ltd. His main areas of interest are India’s Strategic Partnership with important European Nation States – Germany, France and United Kingdom and India’s Strategic Priorities in general.