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President of CEPA Foundation

Harald Leibrecht is a German-American citizen. Mr. Leibrecht holds an International Business degree from universities in France, Germany, and the United States. He also received a MBA from an American university. Leibrecht was the Executive Director of an international university from 1984-2007. He served in the German Federal Parliament for nearly twelve years. He was member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee of Economic Cooperation and Development and was Deputy Chairman for the Sub-Committee on International Cultural and Educational Affairs. During his time as Member of Parliament he was also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Leibrecht held positions in numerous functions in the Free Democratic Party (FDP). In 2011 Chancellor Angela Merkel appointed Leibrecht to be the governments Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation. A position he held until the end of 2013. After retiring form active politics Leibrecht returned to his family business. He was recently nominated as the President of the Board of Directors for CEPA Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) public charity, which is dedicated to international education, global engagement, and transatlantic issues. Harald Leibrecht is member in numerous international clubs, societies and organizations such as the Atlantik-Brücke (Atlantic Bridge), Petersburger Dialog, DAFG German Arab Friendship Group, DGAP Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (German Think Tank) and Rotary.

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Director of CEPA Foundation

Uli is a native of Germany and has over 15 years experience in leadership positions in international higher education. For many years she studied and worked abroad in the USA, France and the UK. Besides German as her mother tongue she speaks English and French fluently. She holds German, French and British University degrees in International Business Administration as well as an American MBA.

Uli started her career at the German National Tourist board where she was responsible for bringing more international visitors to Germany. She continued her career as a Marketing Manager for a major German bank followed by a position as Director of Marketing for an international university with campuses in Europe and the United States where she developed a passion for international education. Parallel to her position, she is the founder and managing director of a study abroad organization that has been successfully operating for almost 15 years. This organization offers study abroad opportunities in Europe for over 2,000 international students yearly. Besides that, she is the President of a French travel organization as well as a hotel and study center in Strasbourg, France.

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Director of CEPA Foundation

Tatiana Visnevski has been involved with international education in both private and public sectors for the last 17 years. During this time she was the Managing Director and owner of a language travel and tourism wholesale operator that was established in Brazil in 1979. She held many leadership positions and sat on several advisory boards.
She has managed private-public agreements between BELTA and governmental agencies, EMBRATUR (Brazilian Federal Agency for International Promotion) and the Ministry of Tourism, with the objectives of promoting Brazil as a destination for international students, of the development of Market Intelligence for the Sector and of structuring a pilot destination (São João del Rei - MG) for incoming international students to the country.

Aside from her institutional roles, she has worked as a private consultant for the Ministry of Tourism and FAPEU (2009) for the development of a course content and publication of a book chapter dealing with the "Basic Orientations for the International Education Segment 2010".

Tatiana is Brazilian, speaks English and French, and holds a degree in Social Communication and Advertising at PUC-SP - Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. In 2011, she decided to take some time out from all administrative and political roles to improve her international and academic experiences by living and studying in Strasbourg, France where she has completed a M1 (Master 1) degree in European and International Studies at IHEE - Institute des Hautes Etudes Européens and a M2 (Master 2) degree in Political Sciences at IEP - Science-Po Strasbourg.

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Director of CEPA Foundation

Birte Wassenberg is a German-French citizen originally from Bonn. Today, Birte is a professor in Contemporary History at the Political Science Institute of Strasbourg and specializes in European Integration and International Relations. She studied in the United Kingdom, France and Belgium. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from the University of Bradford, a Master in Political Science from the College of Europe in Bruges and a Master and PHD in International Relations History from the University of Strasbourg. She started her career in 1993 as an administrator at the Regional Council of Alsace responsible for Franco-German-Swiss cross border cooperation in the Upper Rhine Region. From there, she moved to the European Studies Institute in Strasbourg as a Senior Lecturer in 2006. Birte teaches courses on the History of European Integration, Franco-German Relations, Intercultural Relations and Cross-Border Cooperation. She also developed major research projects on European Organizations (the Council of Europe), on Cross-Border Cooperation in Europe and on Euro-Skepticism and has edited several books on these topics. Since 2013, she has held the Jean Monnet Chair with the European Commission on the contribution of Cross-Border Cooperation to the European Neighborhood Policy.

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 Director of CEPA Foundation

Andrea began her professional career by studying law. Shortly thereafter, she started working as a lawyer for a governmental authority. She continued her career by leading the legal department of various companies such as Consumer Protection Association and a private bank. Later she worked in the field of auditing and taxation, where she was responsible for the audit of financial statements and for the tax returns of businesses and individuals. Andrea lived in Germany and France and speaks German, English and French.

Currently, Andrea is responsible for the audit and risk management for a German education and health care company which offers educational and health services under the direction of a foundation. She is a lawyer, a certified compliance officer, and has a German law and a German tax consultant degree as well as an American MBA.

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