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Born: 1944 in Munderkingen/Ehingen
Ulli Arnold studied business economics and teacher training for commercial schools at the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Nuremberg. After completing his diploma, he worked as a research associate at the University of Göttingen. There he was awared his PhD (1974) and qualified as a professor for the subject of business economics (1981). Following chairs at the universities of Kassel and Würzburg, he took over the chair for Business-to-Business Marketing and Procurement Management at the university of Stuttgart (1992) and was bestowed the title of Emeritus Professor there in October 2012. Thereafter he lectured mainly at foreign universities. Many international teaching and research contacts were made and are still in touch today (e.g. USA, China, Vietnam, Poland, Russia, Hungary).
One of the focal points of his research was the management of non-profit organizations – a field completely ignored by “classical” business economics until quite recently. In particular, sheltered workshops for people with disabilities (WfbM) were the main focus of numerous studies. He is the founder and co-editor of a standard reference work for the management of social organizations (Nomos-verlag). For many years, he has been chairperson of the Supervisory Board of a large WfbM (Lebenshilfe) and a large social organization. In April 2009, he was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the German President.
While teaching at the N.G. University in Albania, he came into contact with Nehemiah Gateway and is committed to the further development of this institution.
Professor Arnold is married with three grown-up daughters and, in the meantime, has four grandchildren.
Born: 1955 in Bottrop
Bernd Borchardt studied psychology at the Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany, whereupon he successfully completed his preparation training for Higher Foreign Service between 1981 and 1983. After three years as country officer for the Nordic states, he changed to the German embassy of Guinean Conakry as permanent representative from 1986 to 1989.
After further occupations in Mogadishu, Pretoria and Tallinn, Bernd Borchardt returned to the Federal Foreign Office as the representative head of division for Southeast Europe from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, he became the representative head of the Kosovo Verification Mission of the OSCE, whereupon he went to the German embassy in Bukarest, Rumania, as permanent representative.
After further positions as the head of division for different departments and representative head of the Asia department, Bernd Borchardt was appointed Ambassador in Tirana, Albania, in 2007. Between 2010 and 2013 Bernd Borchardt was the coordinator for International Personnel Policy in the Forign Office. Following that he was head of EULEX Kosovo (European Union Law of Rule Mission). As founding director of the Internationale Akademie Nürnberger Prinzipien (International Academy Nuremberg Principles) he moved to Nuremberg in October 2014. As of 1 October 2016 Ambassador Bernd Borchardt is Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania.
Born: 1954 in Fuerth / Bavaria
After graduating from Hardenberg Secondary School in Fuerth, he read law at the University of Erlangen. He conducted his legal traineeship at the OLG (Higher Regional Court) in Nuremberg and set up his own law firm in Nuremberg in 1982.
Since then, Jürgen Feldmeier regards himself as a service provider for people in need gaining ever increasing experience as a long-standing chairman of a foundation in Nuremberg, founder of an association for justice in property and bank law, board member and company consultant,
He is closely related to Nehemiah Gateway Group since 2009.
Jürgen Feldmeier is married to a teacher and has a grown-up daughter who is also a teacher.
After graduating from the technical secondary school in 1975, Roman Fertinger joined the Bavarian riot police. For the next three years he worked as patrol officer in Nuremberg.
Between 1982 and 1984, he studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Fürstenfeldbruck and changed to upper civil service for law enforcement. Thereupon, in 1990, he studied at the leadership academy in Münster-Hiltrup and joined the higher police service.
After passing through various leadership positions in higher service, Roman Fertinger was eventually appointed Vice-president of the police headquarters for Middle Franconia in Nuremberg, Germany.
Roman Fertinger is married with four children.
Born: 1949 in Marburg/Lahn
On completion of her Slavic and English studies in Cologne and Freiburg i. Br., Barbara von Schnurbein and her husband ran a private forest enterprise as well as a vacation home in the Bavarian Forest. Since 2001, she has been working as a coach, especially for women, in the areas of clear goal setting and self-management in relation to the challenges of being a wife, mother and employee.
Through Nehemiah Gateway in Albania, Barbara von Schnurbein has been advocating the development of education in Albania for many years. Since May 2012, she is member in the Advisory Board of the Nehemiah Gateway University.
As the writer and former chairwoman of the parents‘ associations of Bavarian secondary schools, she was awarded with the Bavarian „Staatspreis für Unterricht und Kultus“ in 2004. One year later, she received an additional award from the Bavarian Parliament for her initiative enhancing the cooperation between the family and school (“FORUM Partnerschaft Elternhaus und Schule”).
Since May 2012, she is member in the Advisory Board of the Nehemiah Gateway University.
Barbara von Schnurbein is married with five children and twelve grandchildren.
Born: 1969 in Nuremberg
Since 2007, Andreas Metzger runs his own specialist practice for orthopedics and sports medicine in Nuremberg.
He finished his studies of human medicine in Kiel, Ulm and Erlangen in 1997 and, thereupon, successfully completed his specialist education for orthopedics in Fürth, Herzogenaurach as well as the Dr. Erler Klinik in Nuremberg.
Various sports clubs and athletes are cared and provided for in his practice. In addition to that, since 2001, he has worked as a permanent consultant sports orthopedist for the development department, the biomechanical laboratory as well as the athlete service of the sports manufacturer adidas.
Dr. Metzger is an avid endurance sportsman and has already done several city marathons as well as crossings of the Alps on his mountain bike.
In 2008, he first got in touch with NEHEMIA through a personal visit of the foundation in Albania.
Since then he has been an active supporter, especially of medical needs through his personal visits as well as the development of a medical network for different specialist areas.
Dr. Metzger is married with two children.
Having completed her German literature, Italian and film & television studies in Frankfurt and Rome ( MA), she found her home in Wiesbaden. Her particular interest lies in the coverage of medicine and science together with reporting on all walks of life.
For over 20 years the experienced television journalist presented for, amongst others, SWR, HR, 3sat, Premiere, SAT.1 and Gutenberg.TV in Mainz and also worked as editor behind the camera. As a media expert, she passes on her knowledge of successful communication to managers from the world of commerce and science in media and presentation seminars.
Nehemiah Gateway met Anke Neuzerling in 2005 while filming for the ZDF. She was particularly moved by the profound difference Nehemiah Gateway makes in the lives of children and youths, and as a result the fundamental new perspectives that are opened as well as for their families and community. She is dedicated to making the excellent work of Nehemiah Gateway known to a wider audience and enthuse sponsors for the work.
Born 1963 in Skopje, Macedonia
He graduated from the University of Skopje, received a Master’s degree from the University of Zagreb Croatia in 1991 and a Ph.D. from the University of Skopje in 1996.
He is a Member of DAAD Alumni and IEEE IAS Power Engineering Society. He has been published in scientific journals and at international conferences with over 80 papers.
Currently, he is a professor at the University in Skopje in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies and guest lecturer at the SRH University in Berlin in the field of Renewable Energy and Energy markets. Between 1998 and 2001 Goran Rafajlovski served as CEO of the Electric Power Company of Macedonia, responsible for production, transmission and distribution of energy, making important contributions to the privatization, modernization and liberalization of the company.
From 2001 to 2005 he served as Macedonian Ambassador in Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany.
In 2009 he joined RWE Innogy as Country Manager for Southeast Europe until 2012. Within the department of Hydro Power & New Applications by RWE Innogy he was responsible for Project Acquisition & Development, Project Due Diligence (technical/financial), Project Management and International Coordination. His areas of professional interest include energy economy, renewables, power quality, electric machines and drives and their advanced control techniques.
From 2014 until 2017 Goran Rafajlovski served as Head of Nehemiah Gateway University.
After completing his studies, Diploma in Mathematics, in 1981 Johannes Selle worked as a project leader and branch manager in various companies before he became a member of the German Parliament in 1998. In the same year, he began his work as the head of Contract Management in the Central German Media Fund GmbH in Leipzig. Since 2007 he has also been managing the Children’s Media Centre in Erfurt.
He holds various party offices and is a member of the CDU Executive District of Kyffhäuserkreis, member of the County Council in Kyffhäuserkreis, Chairman in the Economic Supervisory Committee as well as being a member of the SMI association.
Johannes Selle is an active, voluntary member of the Political Working Committee of the Protestant Alliance Germany and the Society for Core Values and International Understanding. He is Vice Chairman of the Parish Council as well as Chairman of the Church Sponsoring Committee St. Boniface.
Johannes Selle is married with three children.
Born: 1967 in Nuremberg
Harald Seubert is a professor of philosophy and lecturer. His wide range of studies (e.g. philosophy, literature, history, social sciences, protestant theology, etc.) led him, amongst others, to the universities of Erlangen, Frankfurt/Main, Munich and Vienna. In 1998, he received a doctorate on Heidegger and Nietzsche in Erlangen and, five years later, qualified as a professor in Halle/Saale on Platon’s legal doctrine.
Following his function as professor and lecturer at various international universities and colleges – in Bamberg, Munich and Posen (Poland) – he has been working as professor and head of department for philosophy and religious studies at the Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule in Basel/Switzerland since 2012 and from 2010 as a part-time lecturer at the Bavarian University of Political Science in Munich.
Harald Seubert publishes articles for cultural magazines (e.g. MERKUR), daily and weekly newspapers (e.g. DIE WELT, NZ) as well as German and international professional periodicals (e.g. PHILOSOPHISCHES JAHRBUCH). He published about 20 independent books and works internationally as consultant and lecturer.
Since May 2012, he is member in the Advisory Board of Nehemiah Gateway University.
Harald Seubert is married with two sons.
Born in Mannheim in 1936
Between 1955 – 1967 Manfred Spreng studied telecommunications engineering (TH Karlsruhe) as well as medicine (Erlangen-Nuremberg). After completing his PhD in engineering and being appointed associate professor and head of the functional department Physiological Acoustics and Information Technology in the Institute for Physiology and Biocybernetics, his main fields of work were in Sensory and Neurophysiology, medical data processing and medical expert systems, in addition to audiology , hearing aid technology and noise research.
Until 2001 he was a member and chairman of various associations and specialist committees (e.g. German Society for Cybernetics, Information Technology Society in the VDE, etc). Over 200 publications as well as scientific articles in books and journals can be credited to his name.
Manfred Spreng is a volunteer in the executive committee of the Free Evangelical Church, Erlangen. He is also the leader of the discussion forum, Life and Faith in Erlangen/Nuremberg. Prof. Spreng is motivated by the meaning and consolidation of Christian faith in all private and public fields of life as well as maintaining Christian values.
Since May 2012, he is member in the Advisory Board of the Nehemiah Gateway University.
Professor Spreng is married with three children and six grandchildren.
Born: 1964 in Wuppertal
In 1990, Kai Uellendahl graduated with a degree in Economics from the Ruhr-University in Bochum as well as the Bergische University in Wuppertal.
Between 1991 and 1999, he worked in different Controlling departments for the GRUNDIG enterprise. Following that, he was employed by the adidas-Solomon AG for nine years, serving in the positions of, but not limited to, Senior Controller (Europe), CEO adidas Switzerland as well as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer for Solomon Central (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia).
From 2008 to 2014, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the ROSEN Group. Since the beginning of 2014, Kai Uellendahl has been working as Chief Financial Officer of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, one of the world’s leading concert promoters for classical and contemporary music.
In 2002 he came into contact with Nehemiah Gateway Albania. Since then he has been supporting the foundation with his professional know-how and was chairman of the supervisory board from 2009 to 2012.
Kai Uellendahl is married with three children.