About us

In 1987, Dr. Guenter Tharun from the CDG (now GiZ) requested the GBF (now HZI) to partner in providing industrial biotechnology training for scientists from the Philippines and Thailand. In the years that followed, many such scientists from their universities and R&D centres were subsequently trained in fermentation technology and related fields.

After this very successful start, Dr. Tharun extended the collaboration with the GBF (now HZI) as the primary coordinating institute to offer a one year residential training programme in industrial biotechnology. Commencing from 1999 through to 2009, over 180 participants completed the intensive programme - many of whom now have progressed into senior leadership positions in their respective countries and institutes.

Following regular global interactions and workshops with the alumni and associate members, the ASEAN South American German (ASAG) Biotech Network was founded and launched in 2006.

Again in consultation with alumni, and building on the success and reputation of the "Technology Transfer" courses offered by Dr. Paul Charlton (PCC), a learning and skill development resource portal was added to the ASAG site in 2011, accessible by all alumni and associate members.

The alumni membership and network now grows from strength to strength, also utilising the globally recognised professional site "LinkedIn" where the ASAG network has a dedicated group.

The above together with our continued efforts in the internationalisation of our skills and activities in networking, scientific communication and collaboration will significantly contribute to our progress in the field of infection diseases and industrial biotechnology within Germany and our partner regions, ensuring the HZI and its research teams become world recognised leaders in their fields and respected as a centre of scientific and professional excellence.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Jonas
Helmholtz Centre (HZI), Germany

The Team

Prof. Dr. Rainer Jonas Prof. Dr. Rainer Jonas

Head of Scientific Information of Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. Chemist/Biochemist, PhD in Biochemistry at University of Göttingen, Postdoc in Biotechnology at Research Centre Jülich. More than 25 years of experience as lecturer, university professor, and researcher, of which I spent 15 years in Brazil. During that time also 5 years as director of a biotech research institute. Since 1989 coordinator of international training courses for developing countries at Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. Many missions especially to countries in Latinamerica and Southeast Asia.

E-Mail: rainer.jonas@asag-biotech.net

Dr. Peter Winter Dr. Peter Winter
Head of InWEnt Hannover; Geologist, Ph.D. in Mineral Economics at Berlin University. More than 25 years of professional experience in development cooperation, mainly in the field of international training and dialogue. Professional missions to various countries in Africa, America, Asia, Australia/Pacific as well as Europe. Since 1999 involved in BMZ training programme on Industrial Biotechnology for experts from South-East Asia.

E-Mail: peter.winter@asag-biotech.net

Dr. Joachim Langbein Dr. Joachim Langbein
Dr. Joachim Langbein is an Economic Geographer. He wrote his master as well as his Ph.D. thesis in the field of development cooperation in Southeast and Central Asia, were he worked as expert for project management in several projects of the German Development Cooperation. Since January 2004 he is working as senior project manager in the InWEnt division "Sustainable Technology, Industrial and Urban Development". There he is responsible for the InWEnt-Projects in the field of "Innovation and Technology Promotion" including the project "International Cooperation in Industrial Biotechnology" funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. E-Mail: joachim.langbein@asag-biotech.net

Dr. Paul Charlton Dr. Paul Charlton
Following a seamless transition from research & technology academia into corporate global roles in the private sector, Paul observed frequently missed opportunities by employees to positively differentiate themselves by demonstrating absolute professionalism during the entire communication process with global collaboration partners, customers or potential employers. Whether by email, by phone, at meetings & congresses, during presentations & negotiations or simply at networking events, opportunities to impress were lost or far from optimum.

Since identifying this critical need, Paul has devoted his career to working closely with many clients around the world, both as a “field” practitioner and lead faculty of hundreds of global workshop events and thousands of participants - continually developing his portfolio of highly customised skill coaching workshops and online support content to provide optimum solutions for both professional and personal career success.

During this time, Paul has welcomed the opportunity to live and work in many of the countries of Asia, Europe and the Americas, an experience which also ensures cross-cultural competency is a critical component of all PCC programmes.

As a native English speaker, during workshops he also works closely with non-native speaking participants to polish and enhance their fluency to the highest level of international business English.

Paul now works as lead faculty “in residence” at the PCC alpine facilities just south of Munich, Germany and is also available as a freelance resource to offer global clients consulting and custom niche skill training solutions, integrated with existing in-house programmes or as “stand alone” initiatives.

He is currently a guest lead faculty for the "ASAG-Biotech Network" and an active driver of the various "internationalisation" activities of the HZI and it's partners.

In addition to his consulting & workshop faculty roles, he actively writes, travels and regularly undertakes guest teaching duties at numerous international universities and institutes.

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