Educator & Consultant
Born in 1958, in the North of England, Andrew Fundingsland has lived and worked in Japan, The Netherlands and Norway, where he now teaches Business Communication, Cultural Anthropology and Global Economy at BI Norwegian Business School, in Stavanger. He is also an experienced trainer and educator in global organizations, as well as a specialist in executive search and selection, through his own company and also in collaboration with Boyden Executive Search. He has a Masters in Human Resource Management and is a Graduate Member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
After an early career in public education, collaborating with UK zoos, museums, botanical gardens and art galleries, he travelled to Japan on a scholarship to study the Japanese fencing art of Kendo and was awarded the grade of 3 rd Dan. Over 12 years in Japan, he worked in intercultural and pre-departure training for Japanese professionals posted overseas and in recruitment, for foreign companies building their organisations and management teams in the Japanese market.
In the Netherlands, he taught media communications, media ethics and media history to students at Webster University’s Leiden campus and participated in a successful mobile media exchange program with the Lebanese International University (now BIU), in the Spring of 2010. In his summer documentary courses, he worked with Leiden-based students on interviewing families from the Baghdad area facing forced return from the Netherlands, after failing in their asylum applications.
His work in Norway has included projects for the government and public sector, helping to bring experienced foreign talent to Norway, to assist with local transport planning and to promote open science and open data access in social sciences, across 16 EU & EEA member countries. He has also provided ‘pro bono’ support to major NGOs, seeking new leaders for key projects in the world’s conflict zones, and supports local initiatives for youth entrepreneurship and start-ups. Living close to the sea and the mountains, Andrew takes every opportunity to pursue his interests in landscape photography and music, playing traditional Irish and Scandinavian music for local dancers.