Rector and University Administration and ICM teaching staff

The ASH is jointly led by a rectorship which is elected for a four year period. Currently, this rectorship consists of the Rector, Prof. Dr. Uwe Bettig and two vice Rectors. The rectorship is organized according to the executive board model. This means that the rectorship members independently administer and make decisions about the individual work areas. The Chancellor, Andreas Flegl, supports the rectorship and is the director of the university administration. Both the rectorship and the chancellor are charged with statutory tasks and authority as the controlling bodies of an educational institution.

The Academic Senate (parliament) is the law-making body of the University which also makes fundamental decisions about the University’s development. It is supported through commissions such as the Commission for Teaching and Studies, the Development Planning Commission, Commission for Research and Young Academics, and the Commission for Librarianships. All four status groups of the University (professors, instructors, students, and administrators) are represented in the committees mentioned with tasks such as staffing, financial, curricular and student services matters.

Academic Coordinator /Course director/ Lecturer:

Prof. Johannes Kniffki

ICM Course director . Lecturer and responsible for International Social Work at ASH, director of transnational and transcultural institute of social work Berlin (ITTS). Director of EU-ALFA Programme RELETRAN: a latinamerican-european network of universities and NGOs. Consultant and researcher for community development projects in Latin America and Asia. Lived and researched long years in Mexico, Cuba and Bolivia.


Lecturer: Dr. Norman Weiss

Norman Weiss, Doctor iuris (Mainz, 1999) habilitatus (Potsdam (2007) is, since 1994, researcher at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He served, 2000-2004, as a member of the Research-Group “Human rights and the protection of minorities” established by the German Commission Justitia et Pax and has been a member of the Research Council of the German United Nations Association since 2004, since 2010 he serves as the Council’s coordinator.
He has published extensively on various aspects of human rights, including the prohibition of torture, capital punishment, economic and social rights, domestic implementation of international human rights treaties and the international monitoring of human rights.
Other fields of interest are the law of international organisations (“Theory of the powers of International Organisations” Habilitationsschrift 2009 (in German); “Institutionalised Co-operation on International Communication: The International Administrative Unions as a Means of Governing Globalisation Processes”, in an edited volume by Roland Wenzlhuemer and Isabella Löhr, forthcoming)and aspects of the history of public international law (“Eighty Years Ago: Locarno Conference and Locarno Treaties Revisited”, in: Die Friedens-Warte 81 (2006) 2, 101-119 (in German) 


Lecturer: Dr. Alfredo Langa Herrero

Alfredo Langa Herrero is an economist (International Ph.D.) and has a Master degree in International Co-operation. He is a lecturer at the Pablo de Olavide University of Seville (Spain), University HTW-Berlin and Alice Salomon University-Berlin. He is also and researcher at the Institute of Conflict and Humanitarian Aid Studies (IECAH). He has experience, both nationally and internationally, in the implementation of environmental and development projects and studies, in carrying out assessments and in training and research. He has mainly been working and training in the following areas: International Economics and European Union, International Co-operation, Logical Framework Approach, Humanitarian Action, Environmental planning, Sustainable development and rural development. He was also a Red Cross delegate in Sudan, Ethiopia and Guatemala.


Lecturer: Dr. Ezequiel Luis Bistoletti

Born in Argentina, Ezequiel Luis Bistoletti studied the Degree in Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires. He later completed a Master's Degree in Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies at the Free University of Berlin as a fellow in the Alban program of the European Union. He currently participates in the PhD program "Global Social Policies and Governance" of the University of Kassel. In his doctoral research he studies the power struggles behind the postneoliberal reforms of social security systems in Ecuador and Venezuela.


Lecturer: Dr. Julián Cárdenas

Julián Cárdenas holds a PhD in Sociology from the Universidad de Barcelona (Spain). His main field of interest focuses on people and organizations’ networking to better understand the social world and to carry out social interventions. Julián Cárdenas has taught networking, network analysis, economic sociology, statistics and research methods, among other subjects. His research lies mainly on business elites and the effect of elite networks on issues such as inequality, innovation and sustainable development. He is currently researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin. Previously, Julián Cárdenas was assistant professor at the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), lecturer at the Universidad de Barcelona and postdoctoral researcher at the IESE Business School (Spain). His homepage: and blog:


Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Darius Zifonun

Dariuš Zifonun, born 1968, Dr. rer. soc., is Professor of Sociology at Philipps-Universität Marburg. He was Professor of Sociology at Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin (2009-2015), Research Fellow at KWI Essen (2007-2009) and Lecturer at TU Berlin (2007-2009) and Research Associate at the Department of History and Sociology, University of Konstanz (2000-2005).  Darius Zifonun is on the Executive Board of the German Sociological Association (DGS) and was Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006) and Hitotsubashi University Tokyo (2005).

Studies at the University of Konstanz and at York University/Toronto; gained M.A. in Public Administration and Policy Studies 1998 (University of Konstanz) and doctorate in Sociology 2002 (University of Konstanz). Habilitation in Sociology 2015 (TU Berlin). Research Interests: Sociology of Everyday Life, Sociology of Knowledge, Migration and Integration, Social Structure and Stratification, Sociological Methodology


Lecturer: Dr. Jule-Marie Lorenzen
Jule-Marie Lorenzen is a sociologist and graduated with diploma from Technical University Berlin in 2010. After working in an application-oriented research project for two years, she became a stipendiary of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung to complete her Ph.D. Her lecturing focus layed on qualitative methods of empirical sociology, sociological basics and issues of educational systems. Her research interests and publication focuses are transitions in educational biographies, methods of empirical research, sociology of knowledge, social structure and inequality.


Lecturer: Dr. C. Aiden Downey is an Educational Anthropologist at the Collaborative Inquiry Group LLC (CIG), a research and consulting firm dedicated to helping people find cultural solutions to institutional problems. Before founding CIG, Aiden served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University.  A former teacher with experience in public, private and urban schools, Aiden has taught science on the elementary, middle school and high school levels. He also holds a Masters in Teaching and a PhD in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and is certified to teach chemistry, biology, physics and physical science. Dr. Downey has held the Myer Horowitz Research Fellowship at the Centre for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta, a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship and been selected as a Council of Anthropology and Education Presidential Fellow.  He also lectures in the Intercultural Conflict Management Program at the Alice Solomon Hochschule University of Applied Sciences located in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Downey’s research and work focuses on teachers, school culture and educational change. He has written on teacher education, reflective inquiry, teacher knowledge, school culture and teacher identity.  His work has been international, as well, as his collaboration with Jean Clandinin and Lee Schaefer resulted in an award-winning book that breaks new ground in our understanding of the narrative, personal and embodied nature of teacher knowledge. 

Dr. Downey co-founded the Workshop School in 2010, a highly innovative and award-winning expanding urban public high school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  More recently, he helped create the Clarkston Roving Listener Project, which engages the youth from a refugee resettlement community in learning how to listen to and learn from community stories. A former pharmacist and Marine veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Aiden lives in Decatur, Georgia with his spouse and two daughters.



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