The Team

Hanna Sophie Simmons - The Researcher

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 My name is Hanna Sophie Simmons and I have a passion for figuring out how things work, how things are connected, and how things change over time. I also have a passion for people, for their stories, their interests, and their dreams. I combined these passions by completing an international Master's program in "Psychology of Excellence in Business and Education" at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. 

Since receiving my diploma in 2010, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Tippelt from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, as well as an outstanding team of experts, has supported me in my quest to learn about the most fascinating topic of expatriation. Please dedicate 15 minutes to the expatstudy survey, as your answers are indispensible to learning more about this complicated process. Your efforts are truly appreciated.


Prof. Dr. Rudolf Tippelt - The Supervisor

Rudolf Tippelt is Professor and Director of the Institute of Education at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. He was Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Education (2002 ? 2006) and a member of the Senate and the University Council (2007 ? 2009). Rudolf Tippelt held the position of President of DGfE (German Educational Research Association ? GERA, 2006-2010) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) as well as of the Advisory Council of the Steering Group of KMK and BMBF. Rudolf Tippelt has published more than 30 books and 400 articles about educational and curriculum planning, teacher training, youth research and lifelong learning, adult and further education, social change and vocational training.


Herb Nestler - The Business Expert


Herb Nestler is a Munich based executive trainer and coach for graf & nestler. His expertise lies in helping decision-makers navigate the challenging waters of today?s fast-moving business. As a trainer, he has presented seminars and workshops for private corporations in the United States, Canada, and Europe on effective business communication. Herb has served as Director of Education for an international trade association headquartered in the U.S. and has organized training and management meetings in 35 countries. A resident of Germany since 1988, he was the first person in Europe to be certified by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to conduct their leadership seminars. He is also a trained Myers-Briggs Type Indicator facilitator and is certified to administer the Pressure Management Indicator.

Dr. Andrea Szameitat - The Academic Expert


Andrea Szameitat was born and raised in Munich, Germany, where she studied at the LMU and received a PhD in Education and a Master of Arts in Organisational Psychology, Intercultural Communication and Education. She spent some time at the University of Twente, Netherlands and at a post-doc position at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Andrea's research and teaching are focused on the Management of Social Networks, Organisational Development and Adult Education. She is working at the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences where she primarily plans and organises the education of PhD students and has just launched Drszameitat.com, a personal development as well as thesis coaching agency.


Steve Simmons - The IT Specialist

With a degree in Statistics, a complementing MBA. and multiple years of work experience in the Software Industry, Steve is the perfect person to oversee Expatstudy's technical, analytical and strategic approaches. Website infrastructure, Google Analytics, Statistical Analysis, and Marketing Channel Strategy are just a few of the things which make Steve tick. Steve is currently acting as Sales Manager of Propertybase.inc.