Who We Are.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN. 

Project Global Citizen started in 2017 as a partnership between two Australian-based qualified intercultural practitioners, Craig Shim (Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists) and Astrid Hofmann (CTC, Cultural Transition Consulting).

Coming from a commercial background providing coaching and training to corporate and government clients, Astrid and Craig recognised the need for developing future leaders equipped with the 21st century cross-cultural skills necessary for thriving in a truly global marketplace.

Using the same intercultural frameworks provided to their corporate clients, they collaborated to tailor a ground-breaking program for international students. This program has developed into Project Global Citizen.

ABOUT THE CO-FOUNDERS.

Craig Shim is an intercultural consultant with over two decades of global marketing and cross-cultural consulting experience.

Previously based in Asia for 14 years (China, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar), he was an intercultural advisor to multinational corporations, foreign embassies and various agencies of the United Nations.

In Australia, he provides cross-cultural advice to organisations including Air New Zealand, Boeing, BP, Nike and Mastercard.

  • Director, Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists
  • Co-Founder, Project Global Citizen
  • Co-Founder, The China Collective
  • Chairperson, Cultural Inclusiveness Committee, Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce
  • Committee Member, gen[in], a Queensland Government-sponsored initiative to build the entrepreneurial mindset and skills of international and globally-minded young people
  • Founding Member of SIETAR Australasia (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research)
  • Member of Queensland Leaders

Craig’s LinkedIn Profile: click here.

Astrid Hofmann is an intercultural consultant with over two and half decades of experience working with multi-national organisations including Defence training institutes in Australia and abroad.

Astrid has assisted public and private organisations to more effectively manage the challenges of working across cultures. She has developed and delivered practical cultural awareness programs on large projects, such as the training of local officers for the Timorese government and preparing Victorian teachers for an international exchange program.

  • Director, CTC, Cultural Transition Consulting
  • Co-Founder, Project Global Citizen
  • Vice President, VicWISE (The Victorian Working Group on International Student Employability)
  • Founding Member of SIETAR Australasia (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research)
  • Member, AHRI (Australian HR Institute)

Astrid’s LinkedIn profile: click here.

PROFIT FOR PURPOSE. 

The partnership is established under a Profit for Purpose business model, whereby Project Global Citizen sponsor one emerging leader from a refugee, Indigenous or minority background for each cohort of 50 paid participants in the 8-week cultural competency program.

Our Vision.

OUR VISION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.

Our vision is to ensure international students arriving in Australia have the right cultural skills to thrive in their studies, feel integrated into Australian society, secure ethical internships and employment, and have a safe and enjoyable experience.

OUR VISION FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS.

Our vision for domestic students is that they have the right cultural skills to be employable in any global organisation in Australia and around the world.

OUR VISION FOR THE AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION SECTOR.

Our vision for the Australian education sector is that by offering all students the ability to develop cultural competencies to become truly global citizens who fully contribute to society, we can protect Australia’s status as a world-class education destination of choice.

DO YOU SHARE OUR VISION?

If you share our vision and are interested in being a partner organisation to offer Project Global Scholarships in your region or institution, we’d love to chat.

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