Biography

Biography

Trainer profile

A trainer profile of Dr. Irina Lazarova in PDF format can be downloaded here

About me

 

My motto is "Respect for your own culture and for the culture of the other".

I was born and grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2000 I moved to Germany. After living and working in Konstanz, Tübingen, Worms, and Mannheim, I finally arrived in Berlin, where I have worked as a freelance journalist and a trainer since 2008.



Qualifications

-          Ph.D. in Slavic and Media Studies from the University of Constance, Germany. Thesis on intermediality between written and oral communication in Russia

-          M.A. in Bulgarian Studies from Sofia University

-          Train-the-trainer seminars and summits

-          Courses in the fields of educational psychology, didactics, rhetoric, cultural anthropology

-          Management training for multicultural encounters

Work experiences

-          Trainer for intercultural communication with focus on Bulgaria, Balkans, Russia and Germany

-          Lecturer in Bulgarian at the University of Tübingen and Volkshochschule City West in Berlin.

-          Trainer for relocation and re-integration seminars in Bulgaria

-          Multinational projects in Central and Eastern Europe

-          Copywriter and freelance journalist for Bulgarian print media

-          Foreign correspondent for the Bulgarian newspaper “Capital” in Berlin

Fellow of: Robert Bosch Foundation; Friedrich Ebert Foundation; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; Council of Europe

Languages

Bulgarian, German, English, Russian

Memberships

SIETAR Europe (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research)

MitOst (German NGO for cultural exchange with Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe)

English