Adrian Pilbeam

President and Treasurer

Adrian has worked for over 30 years in the area of international communication, as a trainer, consultant, writer of training materials and trainer trainer. He has lived and worked in France, Portugal, Belgium and Spain, and runs his own training and consulting company LTS training and Consulting, based in Bath. Adrian sees his primary role at SIETAR UK as an ambassador to convince trainers and would-be trainers of the benefits of being part of the SIETAR network both in terms of what they can learn and what they can share with others.
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Julia Jaworska

Communication Director

Julia is an interculturalist with interest in internationalisation of education and the development of intercultural competencies for global citizenship. She holds an MA in Cross-Cultural Communication and International Relations for which her research included an investigation of international sojourn experiences and the development of transnational identity in university students. Julia has experience working and studying in Poland, Spain and the UK and an interest in developing intercultural competence through international education experiences. She currently works supporting international exchange students at University of Glasgow and is part of the RAAS committee at SIETAR UK.

Dr Katharina Lefringhausen

Director of Community Development

Katharina is an Assistant Professor at the Heriot-Watt University in the Department of Psychology with experience in intercultural training and development. She worked previously at the University of Warwick as an Associate Professor. Her research interests focus on the acculturation of host community nationals towards multicultural societies, Universities and workplaces. She has an MSc and PhD in Cross-Cultural Psychology and has worked in the USA, Belgium, Germany and the UK.


Zhaohui (Clytie) Tian

Director of Events

Clytie is a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick in Applied Linguistics. Her research explores intercultural working experiences between Chinese and Kenyan employees in Kenya-based Chinese companies. She works part-time as an intercultural training facilitator, PG mentor and senior graduate teaching assistant and has intercultural collaboration experiences in China, UK, Jordan and Kenya with people from diverse backgrounds. She holds an MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions and a BA in English, and her interest is always around real-life intercultural matters.

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May Tungtakanpoung

Director of Research & Academic Affairs

May is a lecturer in Human Resource Management Her research interest is related to Cross-Cultural Management. May is a Chartered Fellow CIPD. Her FCIPD role is to hold a strategic position and to demonstrate expertise in the key areas of HR to promote and achieve organisation success. She has completed the Cross-Cultural Management program, Tokyo and completed the Master Class for Global Cross-Cultural Management provided by Prof. Hofstede and the team. She is an accredited lecturer and trainer in Intercultural Management by Hofstede Insights, Helsinki, Finland. Her main research interests are related to Cultural Competencies. She is currently also a Director of Research & Academic Relations, Society for intercultural educators, trainers, and researchers (SIETAR UK). and academic Relations at the Society for Intercultural Educators, trainers, and Researchers

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