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Fall 2022: European and Asian Adventure

Claude-Hélène Mayer

University of Johannesburg

Claude-Hélène Mayer is a Full Professor in Industrial and Organisational Psychology at the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg, and an Adjunct Professor at the Europa Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Claude holds Master degrees in Cultural Anthropology, Intercultural Didactics and Socio-Economics (Georg, August-University, Göttingen, Germany), and Crime Science, Investigation and Intelligence (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK) a Ph.D. in Psychology (University of Pretoria, South Africa), a Ph.D. in Management (Rhodes University, South Africa), and a Doctorate (Georg-August University, Germany) in Political Sciences (socio-cultural anthropology and intercultural didactics). She holds a Venia Legendi  (Europa Universität Viadrina, Germany) in Psychology with focus on work, organizational, and cultural psychology.

Claude teaches transcultural conflict management, cross-cultural psychology, cross-cultural management, organizational theory, leadership, design thinking and coaching. Her research areas include transcultural identity development, positive psychology and systems psychodynamics, transcultural mental health and well-being, salutogenesis, transfoming negative emotions shame, transcultural conflict management and mediation, women in leadership in culturally diverse work contexts, and psychobiography. She is thereby interested in exploring the cultural and transcultural aspects of these research areas from positive psychology perspectives. As a Visiting Professor she has worked at different universities in Germany, Poland, South Africa, Vietnam and India.

Besides her academic career, Claude is a systemic therapist and counsellor, an intercultural mediator and international industry consultant. She has consulted leaders in various countries and organizations, from Higher Education, to family enterprises and multinationals. Additionally, she has published intercultural children’s and teen’s books.

On a personal level, Claude grew up in a multicultural area in Germany and followed her childhood dream to live on the African continent. She enjoys travelling, adventures, writing, singing, dancing, music, reading, French existentialism, coffee and transcultural interactions. She stands in for social and cultural justice, women’s rights, education for all, creating meaning in life, environmental protection and to make the world a better place. She lives with her three children in a multicultural area of Pretoria in South Africa.