Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is co-direct­ed by Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger (Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg) and Prof. Drs. Albert Ziegler (Uni­ver­si­ty of Erlan­gen-Nurem­berg), who lead a multi­na­tion­al team col­lab­o­rat­ing across their insti­tu­tions in Ger­many and at the Ham­dan Foun­da­tion in the Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates to oper­ate and grow the pro­gram as a flag­ship offer­ing of the Ham­dan Foundation’s World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter.

Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger
Project Director

Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger is full pro­fes­sor for edu­ca­tion­al sci­ences at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg (Ger­many). She holds the Chair for School Research, School Devel­op­ment, and Eval­u­a­tion. She is vice pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tion­al Research Asso­ci­a­tion for Tal­ent Devel­op­ment and Excel­lence (IRATDE). She is also a mem­ber of the edi­to­r­i­al board of the Ger­man jour­nal Tal­ent Devel­op­ment and served from 2007 to 2014 as edi­tor in chief of the jour­nal High Abil­i­ty Stud­ies. Prof. Dr. Stoeger has pub­lished more than 250 arti­cles, chap­ters, and books on gift­ed­ness, self-reg­u­lat­ed learn­ing, moti­va­tion, fine motor skills, and teacher edu­ca­tion. She is a mem­ber of sev­er­al nation­al and inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic boards and expert com­mis­sions in the field of gift­ed­ness research and gift­ed education.

Prof. Drs. Albert Ziegler is Chair Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tion­al Psy­chol­o­gy and Research on Excel­lence at the Friedrich Alexan­der Uni­ver­si­ty of Erlan­gen-Nurem­berg (Ger­many). Prof. Drs. Ziegler is the Found­ing Chair­man of The Euro­pean Tal­ent Sup­port Net­work (ETSN) and the imme­di­ate Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Coun­cil of High Abil­i­ty (ECHA). From 2014 to 2021, Prof. Drs. Ziegler served as edi­tor-in-chief of the jour­nal High Abil­i­ty Stud­ies. His work pre­dom­i­nant­ly focus­es on gift­ed edu­ca­tion and tal­ent devel­op­ment. He devel­oped the actiotope mod­el of gift­ed­ness, which pro­motes a sys­temic con­cep­tion of gift­ed­ness. In his research, his main inter­ests are learn­ing resources and effec­tive learn­ing envi­ron­ments, self-reg­u­lat­ed learn­ing, men­tor­ing, and gift­ed iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Prof. Drs. Ziegler has pub­lished over 450 arti­cles, chap­ters, and books in the field of edu­ca­tion­al psychology.

Prof. Drs. Albert Ziegler
Project Director
Dr. Daniel Patrick Balestrini
Joint Coordinator and COO
Dr. Julia Steinbach

Joint Coordinator
Christin Graml,
M. A.
Area Coordinator,
Program Experience and Research
Ildikó Győryné Csomó, B. A.
Area Coordinator,
Branding and Networking
Matthias Mader,
M. A.
Area Coordinator and CTO,
IT and Platform
Faisal Ahsan,
B. S.
Hessa Alamri,
B. A. S.
Senior Researcher
Huda Alhammadi,
B. B. A.
Senior Researcher
Mohammad AlSuwaidi, B. S.
Christopher Anastasiu, M. A.
Shiva Kazemi,
M. A.
Program Development and PR
Johanna Kopp,
B. Ed.
Senior Researcher
Dr. Zulaikha Mohamed Alblooshi
Senior Researcher
Former Members:

Dr. Shan Eschborn
Dr. Lin­lin Luo