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SAMTACS (SAM®) was founded by Dr. Ken Oesterreich and Marcel Köhler in 2004 in order to support experts and management staff in regard to change management, personnel risk management, leadership enhancement and intercultural competency.

Ken Oesterreich, PhD

Ken Oesterreich is the founder and head of SAMTACS (SAM®). He holds a PhD in English Studies, a Master's Degree in Cultural Studies (Chemnitz University of Technology) and a B.A. Hons Degree in Political Studies (University of Otago). Ken Oesterreich is currently the only Third Phase exponent and representative of the Todd Group in Germany and specialized in camera-friendly use-of-force and tactical control and restraint options for various law enforcement institutions in Germany and Tansania, Southeast Africa.

Prof. Dr. Marcel Köhler, MBA

Marcel Köhler co-founded SAMTACS (SAM®). He qualified as a registered nurse, then studied to become a teacher for vocational schools in the subjects of Health Care and Nursing, Philosophy/Ethics and Vocational Education at the University of Technology Dresden/Germany, graduating with a state examination and a diploma in Vocational Education (Dipl.-Berufspäd.). Doctorate in Vocational Education, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and International Engineering Educator (Ing.Paed.IGIP). Marcel Köhler is Professor for Nursing and Health Care at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden. His research focusses on vocational and higher education didactic qualification research, design of teaching/learning processes in vocational education, diagnostics and assessment of vocational learning processes and outcomes, communication and professional language development in vocational contexts, and international vocational education research.