Harald Penner

Location: Hanover

Consultant for intercultural collaboration, team development and train-the-trainer, as well as conception and implementation of virtual, hybrid and blended programmes in the Digital Product Development team.

My hobbies include travelling, running, cycling, playing badminton and football, climbing, reading and doing puzzles.

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Your Way to CONTUR

Since graduating in media studies with a focus on digital and intercultural communication, I have been able to live out my passion for bringing people together and promoting them in a variety of ways: be it expanding the South-East Asian network of the state of Berlin as the managing director of the Asia-Pacific Network Berlin, as an independent consultant in China, Indonesia and the Philippines, or as a hub for companies, universities, teachers and students of the CDHK lighthouse project at Tongji University Shanghai. My goal has always been to build bridges between different horizons of understanding, to recognise and promote potential.  I was finally able to live out this passion in a diverse and fulfilling way as an advisor to CONTUR. International, multicultural projects in South-East Asia, the introduction of Office 365 and the development of the Shanghai Office and its hybrid way of working, as well as the expansion of digital training offers of the global CONTUR initiative, were central milestones for my very personal lifelong learning.

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TELL SOMETHING ABOUT YOU

Discovering new things, understanding people in their own contexts and gaining an “outside perspective” on one’s own self are my drivers for regular travels and projects around the globe. In particular, the region of South-East Asia and especially China keep attracting me. I have been working with/in a transnational environment for over 10 years and love the multilingual and multicultural exchange and especially the food. China has been deeply rooted in my heart since my first visit in 1993 and has therefore cast a particularly deep spell on me. Sichuan has become my favourite cuisine, Yunnan my favourite destination for coffee and tea plantations and Henan, together with Shanghai, is even family’s new centre of attraction. Nevertheless, I am always drawn to the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, with their own personal memories and exciting local diversity.
Dabei bleibt Deutschland, insbesondere Nordhessen, immer meine Heimat – auch wenn ich nach jeder Rückkehr manchmal mehre Wochen brauche, meinen „reverse-culture-shock“ zu überwinden. Meine zweite große Leidenschaft sind technische Entwicklungen, neue Hard- und Software auszuprobieren und zu entdecken. Als ehemalige Leitung der CONTUR-IT in China und Deutschland, konnte ich hinter verschiedene Kulissen blicken und meinen technischen Hintergrund gezielt einbringen. Im Rahmen der internationalen Zusammenarbeit mit den CONTUR KollegInnnen in Deutschland, China und Mexiko gibt es immer wieder die Möglichkeit neue technische Erfahrungen zu sammeln, auszuprobieren und in Trainings/Workshops wieder zu vermitteln.