Dr. Ursula Brinkmann is an expert and psychologist renowned for her research and development of the Intercultural Readiness Check ( IRC), a high quality assessment tool for intercultural competences. She conducted her doctoral research on First Language Acquisition at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and gained her doctorate in Social Sciences at the University of Nijmegen before founding International Business Improvement Center with Oscar van Weerdenburg in 1996. Trilingual in German, English and Dutch, she has worked with an array of multinational corporate clients including Bosch, the Dutch-German Chamber of Commerce, Chalmers Advanced Management Programs, Daimler, Ericsson, Siemens, and many others.
In recognition of her commitment and service to the intercultural relations field, Ursula received the Margaret D Pusch Founders Award by SIETAR USA in 2016. She was a board member of SIETAR Netherlands for six years, and president of the association from April 2015 to April 2017. She is one of the initiators of ECILP – European Certificate for Intercultural Learning Professionals, a European consortium aiming to introduce shared standards for the intercultural profession.
Her publications include Intercultural Readiness: Four competences for working across cultures, London: Palgrave Macmillan (2014), with Oscar van Weerdenburg; ‘Asia on the rise – Is it the culture that carries the growth?’ with Fons Trompenaars (2005) Think On, Vol 6; ‘Comparison of two instruments of Multicultural Effectiveness: The Multicultural Personality Inventory and the Intercultural Readiness Check’ with Karen van der Zee (2003) International Journal of Assessment and Selection, Vol 3.