The best thing about AIHE is the people behind it

The team behind the Institute

Management Board, Advisory Board & employees

Andrea Gensel

Managing Director

Since 2002, Andrea Gensel M.A. (born 1963, two children) has been offering her services in the specialist area of industrial psychology, therapy and scientific education through her company, Gensel Group. Today, she is introducing the team which makes AIHE so professional.

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A legend in our midst. It is a great honour for me to have Prof. Schulz von Thun backing me and my team. He is the spokesperson for the master’s degree course, advises us and shares his expertise in communications. He is very popular and successful whilst also remaining very modest.


Björn Engholm

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Minister President and former Federal Minister of Education Björn Engholm. He has been on the Advisory Board of the Gensel Group for 12 years. His intellectualism, ethical principles and values enrich our corporate philosophy and also me personally every day. I am very grateful that you are sharing your knowledge and your experiences gleaned from your political and private career with me. Thanks a million.

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Dr. Raimund Mildner


Dr. Mildner has been on the Advisory Board of my company for more than 12 years and is a top-class sparring partner, motivator and visionary. He has a talent for business & development. He is a networker and a doer. He has helped a large number of business start-ups achieve great success. Raimund, you have become a great friend.


Lecturers & Examiners

Prof. Dr. Annegret Reski

Lecturer and examiner

Annegret Reski has been enhancing our team for 15 years now. She holds a doctorate in Communication and has extensive professional experience as a lecturer. From aptitude diagnostics to personnel management and communication psychology, she covers all specialist areas. Her quiet, calm voice turns her interesting lectures into a cosy hour of learning. As professor, she has really won over our hearts.


Dr. Crystal Carr


Dr. Carr is a neuroscientist and supports us in the field of "Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology and Drug Addiction". She is employed by the University of Michigan (USA) in the field of research and teaching and works for us in parallel. She supports us in offering our students international expertise thanks to great lectures.


Prof. Ruben Abagyan


Prof. Abagyan is a pharmacologist and teaches at the University of San Diego. His research focuses on the development of new technologies for structure-based discovery and optimisation of medication. He offers AIHE his expertise in the field of neurosciences and pharmacology. Botox as an anti-depressant? You might be surprised.


Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Bass

Lecturer and examiner

Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Bass is a renowned German economist who has been very successfully supporting us with his expertise as a lecturer and as an examiner for the economics-oriented degree courses for some years now. Many thanks for the wonderful work and for your loyalty. Website


Prof. Dr. Petra Korte


She is an examiner within our team, working on the degree courses and examinations. She is well known thanks to various publications and her activities in teaching and research.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Baghai


Prof. Dr. Thomas C. Baghai carries out research in the field of clinical neurosciences and depression at the University Hospital of Regensburg and teaches for us on the subject of “Connection between depression and inflammation”. Does inflammation within the body have an effect on the development of depression? Find out in our lectures. Image rights:medbo/ Website


Prof. Tom Bschor


Prof. Bschor teaches in the field of psychopharmacology for us. He is a specialist in psychiatry in Berlin, carrying out research and teaching in various specialist fields, e.g. therapy-resistant depression, bipolar affective disorder, long term prophylaxis of affective diseases, addictions, especially alcohol, drug and medication dependence.Website


Dr. Annechien Helsdingen


Dr. Helsdingen lectures in the field of social psychology. She gained her doctorate in the field of experimental psychology. She lives and works in the Netherlands. Personally, I could listen to her lectures for hours.They are fascinating in their content and delivered with clarity. Many thanks.


Prof. Dr. David Scheffer

Lecturer and examiner

Prof. Dr. Scheffer was born in 1970 in Richmond, VA. He grew up in the USA, Ethiopia and Germany. He studied psychology, and gained his doctorate in psychology. He is Director of Studies at the Nordakademie and a lecturer at our Institute. Research interests: The influence of implicit personality systems on professional and consumer behaviour. This is precisely the expertise we need, now and even more so in the future.


Prof. Dr. Grötzinger


Prof. Dr. conceptionistGrötzinger is a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy as well as neurology and one of very few experts worldwide in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). His lectures on this subject are fascinating, helpful and very important, particularly because this form of treatment can be very helpful. A great expert. Website


Prof. Dr. Tillmann Krüger


Prof. Krüger is a specialist in psychiatry, psychotherapy and neurology. He lectures on the subject of psychological medicine for us. Botulinumtoxin as a treatment for depression and borderline disorders? Together with Prof. Wollmer, he has a significant involvement in research into this new treatment method and is renowned worldwide. Look forward to more! Website


Dr. Kurt Mosetter


Myoreflex therapy as trauma complementary therapy? What are the active mechanisms? It is a form of therapy that has achieved great success worldwide and is gaining more and more recognition. We are delighted to have recruited the inventor of this method, Dr. Kurt Mosetter, to join us as a lecturer. It’s a great honour. Thank you. Youtube


Dr. Dr. Brigitte Eisenkolb


Our dear Dr. Dr. Eisenkolb. She is an outstanding examiner with many skills and she always there when it comes to the crunch. We are delighted to have her on board.


Dr. Aitak Farzi


Dr. Farzi is a researcher and pharmacologist at the Medical University of Graz and lectures for us on the topic of “Microbiom intestinal-brain axis & mental health”. Such an important topic, and so clearly and professionally presented.


Dr. Clemens Veltrup


Dr. Clemens Veltrup has been working for the Gensel Group for 11 years. As a psychologist, psychotherapist and head psychologist at a clinic for addiction diseases, he is one of the best lecturers I have ever heard. Full of experience and life, an excellent teacher, he has been inspiring our students for years.


Dr. Margarida Correia Rafael


Dr. Rafael is a Portuguese psychologist who lectures for us on a regular basis. From psychology for companies through to statistics. Highly competent and with an intercultural view on things. Thank you.


Dr. Astrid Dierksen


Dr. Dierksen has been working for us for around four years. She’s a fantastic examiner. I hope that I will be able to keep her in our team for many years to come. Warm and committed.


Dr. Johanna Klement


Dr. Klement is new to the team. She is a physician who now also works for us as an examiner. She focuses particularly on assessing examinations for the degree course Psychological Medicine.


Dr. Benjamin Zimmermann


Dr. Zimmermann studied in his home country USA at the University of Illinois in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab and also works there. Her lectures enrich the neurosciences department.Website


Markus Graw


Markus Graw uses his training as an opera singer to bring scientific theories to life. Economics is his hobbyhorse and he uses it to gallop through your exams.


Nikolas Fuchs


Mr. Fuchs assesses examinations in the specialist field of Psychology. He also brings with him experience that he has gained at a German university as a tutor. We are looking forward to welcoming him here.


Dr. Christiane Holstegge


Dr. Holsstegge is a psychologist and psychotherapist and supports us with her expertise as an examiner. In addition to her work for us, she also has her own psychotherapy practice. Website


Mark T. Hofmann


Mark T. Hofmann is a Crime- & Intelligence Analyst, - trained and certified in the USA. He studied Business Psychology and is an expert in psychological approaches and Profiling techniques. He is known through numerous international TV productions and teaches in the field of Behavioral Psychology and Cyber Psychology.Website


Dr. Aydasara Ortega Torres


Dr. Torres is a 37-year old psychologist and lawyer. She lives in New York and works at the college in Brooklyn. She is a lecturer in Organisational Psychology for us. She gives a series of lectures across a variety of modules. I would like to thank her very much for her commitment.


Andreas Heidenreich


Mr. Heidenreich is a sociologist and has worked for me in a permanent position. When he decided to leave to complete a doctorate, I lost an outstanding examiner. This meant that I was all the more pleased that he is now continuing to work for us on a freelance basis.


Bettina Knoll


This psychologist likes nothing better than to spend her summer holiday wearing a thick jacket in the Arctic circle – and also keeps a level head even when the project gets complicated. She works for us as an examiner, particularly in Industrial and Organisational Psychology.


Dr. Nils Beer


Dr. Beer teaches Psychology at the University of Westminster and works in Vienna as a clinical psychologist. He knows Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s flow concept very well, and he himself gets into the flow when teaching, but also when salsa dancing and inline skating.


Dr. Maja Tintor

Lecturer and examiner

Dr. Tintor is an examiner and holds lectures on the topic “academic working” and “APA standards”. During webinars, she carries out oral assessments on the students. She is warm and clear, which is a great mix. With this mindset, she works with our students, who have plenty of life and career experience, also underlining the philosophy of AIHE.


Dr. Wiebke Käckenmester


Dr. Käckenmester is a psychologist who completed her doctorate in Hamburg and who is an examiner for us. Her dissertation topic (Dopamine Modulation of Individual Differences in Openness to Experience) also fits in well with our examinations.


Dr. Volker Rimkus


Dr. Rimkus is a gynaecologist and is a legend in the field of hormone research and treatment in men and women. Many doctors worldwide are convinced of the effectiveness of his research and method (Rimkus method), apply it to patients and record excellent treatment results. The storms and headwinds from the pharmaceutical industry are slowly abating. It is sad to see whether money or the patient is the priority.


Dr. Jan Marten Ihme


A psychologist who is researching digitisation and nonetheless has daily battles with his computer. However, he’s a true master when it comes to dominos. He was once a dominos champion.


Dr. Stephan Rusch

Lecturer and examiner

Dr. Stephan Rusch. Occupational and organisational psychologist. He likes to travel to the other side of the world for heavy metal concerts. And in between, he is available to us as a lecturer and examiner.


Dr Wiebke Stegh


Dr. Stegh is a psychologist and a relaxed examiner. Why? A two-year further education course in "Yoga & Psychology" allows her to take a deep breath as a part-time yoga teacher and calmly mark her exams.


Dr. Astrid Rimbach

Lecturer and examiner

Dr. Rimbach is a very experienced lecturer and examiner. She works in business and in universities. Industrial healthcare management is important to her.




The committed psychologist Franziska Lô is an examiner for the FHWien der WKW degree courses. She loves to dance the Kizomba, speaks five languages and so she is at home everywhere. Her favourite thing to do is travel through South America with her backpack.


Dr. Tina Strombach


Dr. Tina Strombach studied Psychology at the Universiteit Maastricht, the Netherlands and the Université Pierre Mendès- France in Grenoble, France. Her research interest: social discounting, neuroeconomics & decision neuroscience (fMRI), consumer neuroscience. She is therefore perfect as an examiner.


Diana Müller


Diana Müller, a graduate in Psychology, worked at AIHE some years ago as a course manager. She now works for us as an examiner and at the same time is currently busy training as a psychological psychotherapist. At the time, she had a significant involvement in the development of AIHE.


Leonie Tuengel


The psychologist and fitness economist has two bachelor's degrees and one master's degree and works for us as an examiner. In her private life, she has been playing handball for 12 years (third league). As an examiner, she’s already in the top league.


Dr. Pirie Grützmacher


This psychologist, who has just graduated with a doctorate, is highly committed and professional in her work for us as an examiner. She studied at the University of Malaya and graduated from the University of Exeter in the UK with her second master’s degree. She is a great asset to us, both on a professional and human level.


Dr. Maupaté-Steiger


Dr Kerstin Maupaté-Steiger became a doctor of philosophy in the field of media sciences and Germanic linguistics and offers us her support as an examiner. Her original dream career was to be a forester, and now at least two squirrels live in her garden.


Sabine Schreckenthaler


Sabine Schreckenthaler studied psychotherapy sciences at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna and works for us as an examiner. Welcome to the team.


Stephan Eichler


The trained winegrower, who is also a graduate in Oenology and Psychology as well as a systemic consultant, has been working as an examiner for universities since 2014. And luckily for AIHE, he has worked here too since the beginning of 2020.


Pia Bönnemann

Lecturer and examiner

This business psychologist has been working for universities and institutes as a lecturer and examiner for four years. Ms Bönnemann has been working for AIHE since 2019. We are delighted to have her support.


Melanie Netzer


Melanie Netzer. As a physiotherapist, trauma therapist and psychologist, she impresses me constantly with her clarity and inner structure. She has been working for us since 2014. A huge gain.


Magdalena Schwarzer


Ms. Schwarzer studied Neurocognitive Psychology in Germany and now works as a course leader in the field of Psychology at the Universidad Bolivariana in Chile as well as for us as an examiner. She is young, but is a very tough and straightforward psychologist.


Dr. Veronica Fruiht


Veronica’s research is at the intersection of positive psychology and adolescent development. She studies the role of mentors in helping young people transition to adulthood and develop the hope to achieve their goals.


Conception + coordination

Dr. Kristina Herber

Course Manager

Dr. Herber leads and takes responsibility for all the courses we offer in collaboration with London Metropolitan University. She stands out with her intelligence, stringency and solution-oriented approach – combined with a great deal of warmth and humour. This is an ideal combination, which benefits students, colleagues and me myself in equal measure.


Dr. Kahar Abula

Course Manager

Dr. Abula is Uighur and was born and raised in China, studied Sociology and Psychology in Peking and then came to Germany to complete a doctorate. In addition to working as head of year group, Dr Abula supports us by advising Chinese people who are interested in our degree courses.


Wiebke Mehrens

Course Manager

After a very short period of time, psychologist Wiebke Mehrens had already impressed me with her precise work and her ability to know exactly what she wants. She is very structured and organised and for this reason I offered her a very responsible position after a short induction period, and she is doing an outstanding job of fulfilling it.


Britta Baghestani

Course Manager

Psychologist Britta Baghestani lived in the USA for 15 years (including in Boston) and worked as a psychotherapist as well as in the field of science and now offers her support to our team and our students as a head of year group. Her analysis is clear and to the point.


Prof. Achim Wortmann

Academic director

Prof. Wortmann is a business psychologist and supports Mr Zobel in developing degree courses as well as supporting us in teaching as a lecturer. He is both modest and professional. He is also a linguistic genius.


Yanik Zobel


The psychologist and business psychologist brings everything together when creating the concept for new degree courses. Together with our lecturers, he creates the concept for our lectures and recruits the best experts for our lectures worldwide. The valuable quotation from Lother M. Seiwer suits him well: “Take things slowly when you are in a hurry”. Great.


Caroline Berg

Course Manager and conceptionist

Psychologist Caroline Berg is a head of year group and is currently on parental leave. Most recently, her role was in conception.


Dr. Theofanis Tacou

Head of Employment Law degree course

Dr. Tacou is a leading employment lawyer at KPMG. He supports us in the conception of master’s degree courses and further education in the field of employment law and works as a lecturer and examiner. He is a great asset to us, as he is professional, warm and always loyal. Website


Dr. Heidrun Wagner

Head of quality management

Dr. Wagner has been working for my company for five years in the field of quality management and ISO 9001. She has a very quick mind, is structured and has a witty sense of humour, which often makes us laugh out loud together.


Amelie von Schkopp


Amelie von Schkopp. Her second name: all-rounder. Together with her colleague Monika von Appen, she manages the office from A-Z. She assists all colleagues, knows all processes and takes on demanding projects such as the development of a new CMS. Clever and quick. A great mix.


Monika von Appen


Monika von Appein is an economist and offers welfare support at AIHE. She manages the office together with Amelie von Schkopp. Her Columbian temperament, her commitment, her customer orientation and her willingness to master new challenges every day mean that she is an important team member.


Angela Dehn

Head of finance and accounting

Angela Dehn is a pillar of strength at AIHE. For around 9 years, she has been managing everything to do with finances for the Gensel Group. She is highly responsible and extremely precise. I can rely on her 100%. I also appreciate her personality, her loyalty and her English sense of humour that becomes evident when she suddenly comes out with a saying. Special thanks go to her.


Susanne Jahnke

Research Assistant

Susanne Jahnke tends to work behind the scenes and late at night so that she can answer questions from students in other time zones on a timely basis. She responds directly on my behalf and, after consultation with me, will respond to your enquiries.


Lea Sophie Fetköter

Course Manager and conceptionist

Psychologist Lea Fetköter has been working at AIHE for 7 years. She had a significant involvement in the development of degree courses which are now successfully running. At the time, I gave her greater responsibilities thanks to her professionalism, although she doesn’t know her right from her left and always has a little bag of salt with her. Not only this: her first word was “No”, and that hasn’t changed until now. I hope we will have many more years together.


Prof. Dr. Gerald Kolar

FHWien der WKW

Prof. Dr. Kolar represents FHWien der WKW and he is academic director for all our master’s degree courses. He graduated from the universities of Vienna and Innsbruck with a psychology degree. He lectures at international conferences and has published on the following topics: leadership, performance, team spirit and much more. Collaborating with him gives us great joy.Website


Dr. Chris Chandler

London Metropolitan University

Dr. Chris Chandler is Head of Psychology at London Met. Chris is a psychobiologist and came to London Met from the Institute of Psychiatry in 1996. The cooperation with him is very cordial, professional and productive. We will develop many more projects together. I often have to laugh about his typical English humour. I love it. Website


Jette Stein


Jette Stein supports Mrs. Dehn in the accounting department. At the moment she is on a relaxing parental leave 😉 with her second child. 


Leonie Emmerich

Research Assistant

Leonie Emmerich has completed her Master's degree in psychology and is now studying medicine in her 4th semester. She works for us as a research assistant. Concentrated and self-confident, she actively supports us.


Nadine Ellwart