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Frau Anne Kathrin Bischoff



Brief biographical details

Kathrin Bischoff was born on August 10th, 1988 in Cologne. After receiving her German Abitur, she studied International Business at Maastricht University (Bachelor) and Global Business and Stakeholder Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Master). Kathrin graduated from both studies with distinction. Next to her studies, Kathrin gained first working experience in the fields of sustainability, development cooperation, strategy and consulting in the Netherlands, Australia Mauritius, Ghana and India. Kathrin is currently enrolled as a PhD student and works as a research associate at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics in the area of Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility.


  • since 2012: PhD Candidate at University of Wuppertal, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Volkmann, Chair of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development & UNESCO-Chair of Entrepreneurship and Intercultural Management
    Courses: Academic Writing and Publishing Strategy; Introduction to STATA; Methods of Transformation Research; Globalization and the World Economy; Management of Technology and Innovation; Entrepreneurship and Business Development; Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • 09/2010 – 12/2011: Master of Global Business and Stakeholder Management
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management, the Netherlands
    Graduation degree: MScBA (GPA: 8.6/10*; graduated with distinction; top 3%)
    Master thesis: Business Approaches to Poverty Alleviation
  • 09/2007 – 08/2010: Bachelor of International Business
    Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, the Netherlands
    Graduation degree: BScBA (GPA: 8.2/10; graduated with distinction; top 5%)
  • 12/2009 – 06/2010: Bachelor Study Exchange
    Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Business School, México (GPA: 94/100)
  • 08/1998 – 06/2007: Pre-University Education
    Albertus-Magnus Gymnasium Bensberg, Germany
    Graduation degree: German Abitur (GPA: 1.9/6)
  • 09/2004 – 08/2005: High-School Study Exchange
    John Barsby Community School, Canada (GPA: B+/F)


  • Since 01/2013: Research Associate‘University of Wuppertal’, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, UNESCO-Chair of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (Wuppertal, Germany)
    Tasks: Research for several third party projects (EU, DAAD); Course coordinator and lecturer of a seminar; Theses supervisor
  • 01/2012 – 05/2012: Fundraiser for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
    ‘Cornucopia Consultancy Pty Ltd’ and ‘WAYS Fundraising’ on behalf of ‘Australian Red Cross’, ‘Doctors without Borders’ and ‘Amnesty International’ (diverse locations in Australia)
    Tasks: Personal acquisition of ongoing donors for numerous NGOs (for the purpose of financing a Working Holiday throughout Australia and Asia from 01/2012-08/2012)
  • 02/2011 – 12/2011: Research Assistant on Cross-Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Development
    Research institute ‘Partnership Resource Center’ of ‘Erasmus University’ (Rotterdam, NL)
    Tasks: Assistance in academic research projects, online-research, data analysis, literature search, questionnaire analysis, preparation of presentations, academic writing
  • 08/2004 – 08/2012: Numerous part-time jobs in administration, sales, law, hospitality & childcare


  • 09/2012-12/2012: Junior Project Manager in Sustainable Development
    Institute for Management and Design of Sustainable Development ‘KMGNE’ (Berlin, Germany)
    Tasks: Project management in the field of sustainability communication, sustainable tourism, and education for sustainable development, own research and writing of reports
  • 06/2009 – 08/2009: Strategic Consultant for International Firm Strategy
    ‘VDM Publishing Group Ltd.’ (Beau Bassin, Mauritius)
    Tasks: Own research project of a Foreign Direct Investment country analysis; online-research, weighting and analysis of data, consulting
  • 07/2007 – 08/2007 Customer Service Assistant
    ‘Deutsche Ärzteversicherung’ of ‘The AXA Group S. A.’ (Cologne, Germany)
    Tasks: Statistical data analysis; archival storage and data recording of clients; customer contact and services, preparation of presentations and documents


  • 08/2011-09/2011: Marketing Coordinator
    Social business ‘Mirakle Couriers Private Ltd.’ (Mumbai, India)
    Tasks: Coordination of all marketing activities; Public Relations Management; Customer Relationship Management; target market and competitive analyses
  • 09/2010 – 02/2011 Strategic Consultant
    Non-profit organization ‘SIFE Erasmus’ (Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Accra, Ghana)
    Tasks: Development project for the Ghanaian pineapple industry; producer consulting, value chain analyses, writing of business cases
  • Since 01/2013 Volunteer as university consultant at ‘enactus’ (Wuppertal, Germany)
  • Since 08/2010 Volunteer in the care of street cats for ‘Straßenkatzen Koeln e. V.’ (Cologne, Germany)
  • Since 12/2013 Volunteer as Outgoing Exchange Team Member of ‘AIESEC’ (Wuppertal, Germany)


Language: German - Mother Tongue; German Education

English: 9 years school teaching, exchange, study in English

Dutch: 4 years as residence, language courses

Spanish: Exchange, language courses, travelling

French: 3 years school teaching, travelling

Latin: 7 years school teaching (Latinum)

COMPUTER SKILLS: Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and the internet, knowledge of STATA and SPSS

HONORS AND AWARDS: Graduated with Distinction (cum laude) as BScBA and MScBA


Conflict Resolution (2004);
Providing and Receiving Feedback (2014);
Teaching Methods (2014);
Academic Portfolio (2014)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: ‘A Delphi Analysis – Evaluating Creative Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education’ at the 2nd International CAL4INO Conference ‘Creative Learning for Innovation: Toward a More Competitive Europe’ in Porto, Portugal (2014)

BOARD MEMBERSHIP: Member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Emerald´s ‘Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education’ (JAHRE) (2013-2014)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Course coordinator and lecturer of a Bachelor seminar on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Leadership’ (2014);
Supervisor of Bachelor-, Master- and Diplomatheses (2013-2014);
Guest Lecturer on Social Entrepreneurship at the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia (2014)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Project Partner (Tasks: Desk research e.g. Delphi analysis, typology, country desk survey) and Quality Assurance Board Member for the EU Project ‘Creative Activities in Learning for Innovation’ (CAL4Ino Project, 2013-2014);
Project Partner (Tasks: Case Study Research) for the EU Project ‘Supporting the entrepreneurial potential of Higher Education’ (sepHE Project, 2014);
Primarily responsible for a project proposal on sustainability (BMBF, 2013);
Guest researcher at the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia (DAAD Project, 2013) and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning in Cambridge, UK (CAL4Ino Project, 2014)

Title and abstract of thesis project

Title: Social Entrepreneurship Education in Developing and Emerging Economies

Abstract: My PhD research investigates social entrepreneurship education in developing and emerging countries. In the literature review, different social entrepreneurship education approaches are analyzed, focusing on barriers to social entrepreneurship education and the role of support systems in addressing such barriers. Primary data is gathered through field research and interviews with different stakeholders.


Papers already presented

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Other academic activities and memberships:

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