BRIGITTE OPEL

Netherlands

Brigitte has been a consultant for cross-cultural management since 2013.

Born and raised in Germany, she quickly started exploring the world by learning foreign languages and immersing in other cultures. She has lived, studied and worked in Germany, Netherlands, Japan, USA, Australia and Russia and visited many more. After her studies at Thunderbird School of International Management (USA and Japan) and a career as international project and people manager at IBM, she decided to combine her professional and personal global experiences with the Hofstede model on National Cultures.

Besides consulting on cultural awareness in general, she has helped clients prepare for negotiations with international partners, improve the communication in a virtual team, develop sales presentations to foreign customers and gain sensitivity on different communication styles. In individual coaching sessions, she also helped expats to learn about the country culture of their next assignment. She has lectured at many Dutch universities on various aspects of National Culture (Communication, advertising, teamwork, sports, Brexit etc).