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Bert Vercamer

AFS Intercultural Programs
Chief Program Innovation and Educational Products Officer
Greater New York City Area
bert.vercamer@afs.org - As a professional, Bert focused on international mobility, global education, intercultural learning, organizational development, facilitation and training. He has worked in the intercultural and educational field over the past 16 years, having lived in 6 countries on 4 continents. Bert has a Masters in Economics and a Masters in Intercultural Relations in the USA. He received his education at the University of Ghent (Belgium), University of the Pacific (USA), the School of Management and Law in Zurich (Switzerland), University of South Africa, and the Intercultural Institute in Portland (USA). He speaks Dutch, French, English, and German, and can fake a little Spanish. He is currently Chief Program Innovation and Educational Products Officer of AFS Intercultural Programs and the CEO/General Manager of Sentio, the Global Education Network, a subsidiary of AFS, focusing on global education through the Global Competence Certificate, and programs such as internships, study abroad, teaching, volunteering abroad and languages. Sentio is a growing network of currently around 50 organizations in about 35 countries. Bert worked with international companies such as BP, Merck as well as dozens of corporations on global competence building of executives and staff assigned abroad. He also worked in non-profit, eg. building global competence of social workers in an international refugee context. Having worked in over 40 countries, including South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, most of Europe, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, USA, he is familiar with a wide range of organizational development strategies, training methodologies and curriculum, especially in the areas of international education, intercultural communication, intercultural competency, intercultural conflict and intercultural relations. Bert is also qualified administrator in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), certified administrator of the Intercultural Awareness Profile (IAP), the Global Competencies Inventory (GCI) and the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES).