A Citizen of the World


Brigitte Opel was born and raised in Germany.

She studied and worked in the US, Japan, Russia, Australia and various countries in Europe before settling in the Netherlands. In all these places, she studied cultures first hand and experienced the differences.

At the Thunderbird School of International Management, she learned about cultural patterns and their impact on doing business in the global marketplace.

She worked with IBM in Germany and the Netherlands in international project teams for 17 years. The interaction with colleagues from very diverse countries inspired her to learn more about the Hofstede model and focus her career on cross-cultural communication.


As intercultural consultant, she has coached expats and executives, lectured at various Dutch universities and helped leadership teams with their negotiations strategies for China, Japan, Belgium, India and Germany. 

  • Workshops / Coaching: IBM, PCV, CoolBlue, KPN, Nuon, Fresenius

  • Lectures: Maastricht University, RUGroningen, TU Delft, Den Bosch College, Hogeschool Utrecht, Universiteit van Amsterdam

  • Expat trainings for: Germany, Netherlands, Japan, China 


As a certified Hofstede trainer, Brigitte can draw from her international experience and the itim expertise to help you solve your cultural issues and even generate synergies from cultural differences.


T: + 31-6-2955 2372

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