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Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski, MCC
International Executive Coach  Team Coach  Coach Trainer  Expert for Global Women Leadership  Keynote Speaker

Global leadership in times of digitalization

As an executive coach, Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski MCC supports and partners international executives worldwide to help them lead more successfully, develop sustainable alliances and gain more professional meaning and fulfilment from their work. The development of authentic leadership, from both individual and global contexts, as well as leadership behavior and leadership efficiency are key components of coaching. In addition, all aspects that advance managers and executives in their cultural context and according to their individual objectives are at the core of the coaching so that they can reach their full potential, locally and internationally.
International methodology and global experience
On the one hand, the coaching is based on internationally recognized methods such as CTI or ECCP, but on the other hand, it also draws upon the personal experience of Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski. With several years of experience in the management of multinational corporations, she has supported numerous executives of various nationalities abroad, including in Japan, China, France and Germany. Her clients come from global organizations across different industry sectors, as well as academic and research organizations around the world. This also includes leadership teams that have questions about intercultural team efficiency, leadership and global cooperation. Coaching and workshops are held in German, English or French.
Qualifications and Certifications
MCC certificate
CTI CPCC certificate
Publicized

Executive Mentor-Coaching

Leadership efficiency, leadership behavior, authentic leadership

In her work with international executives, Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski MCC uses a unique mentor coaching approach to assist her clients with achieving greater leadership efficiency, forming solid leadership alliances and leading authentically.

She is ICF (International Coaching Federation) accredited and blends professional coaching with components of mentoring. Her work as a mentor is based on many years’ experience in the international corporate environment, her collaboration with numerous senior managers from all over the world and her experience as a researcher specializing in leadership and management. Her approaches to coaching include the use of the systemic Co-Active Coaching Methodology from the USA and the Executive Coaching Methodology from Australia. Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski has numerous qualifications recognized by the ICF which underpin professional coaching of the highest standard. Her qualifications include training in change management, intercultural leadership and team leadership as well as a number of other professional assessments.

The strength of Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski’s mentor coaching approach lies in the way the knowledge she has gained during her many years of international experience is used to guide her clients towards finding their own solutions to the problems they face. Coaches who use this approach are sometimes described in literature as trusted leadership advisors (TLAs).

International executives benefit from coaching when striving to…
The coaching process

Transparent, structured and with measurable results
The coaching process focuses on building strengths and attenuating weaknesses. Opportunities for growth are identified in the initial stages, wherever possible stakeholders are brought on board and the progress of the transformation process is monitored. The coaching is specifically tailored to the circumstances and goals of the individual client and usually lasts between six and twelve months.

Der Coaching-Prozess gliedert sich in vier strukturierte Phasen:

1. Exploration

Wo steht die Führungskraft heute?
In einem ersten Schritt werden die derzeitige berufliche Situation und die wichtigsten Faktoren, die Einfluss darauf nehmen, erfasst (u.a. Einsatz Assessment Tools wie z.B. Leadership Circle, vorhandene 360 Grad Feedback oder Stakeholder-Interviews durch den Coach). Danach wird das Wunsch Szenario erarbeitet, unter Berücksichtigung der aktuellen Anforderungen des Unternehmens an die Führungskraft.

2. Commitment

Welche Zielsetzungen sind für zukünftige Erfolge ausschlaggebend?
In diesem Schritt werden die Ziele für das Coaching gesetzt und vereinbart. Die speziellen Unternehmensziele werden in den Prozess aufgenommen. Für viele Führungskräfte ist es wichtig neben den beruflichen Zielen auch persönliche Ziele zu bearbeiten. Im Rahmen eines ganzheitlichen systemischen Coachings werden diese Themen berücksichtigt.

3. Action

Damit die Ziele effizient erreicht werden können
Während des Coaching-Programms werden konkrete Maßnahmen, Reflektionen oder Veränderungen vereinbart, um die gesetzten Ziele zu erreichen. Aufgabe des Coaches ist es, in regelmäßigen Kontakten gemeinsam die Fortschritte und Ergebnisse zu bewerten. Dafür ist offenes Feedback garantiert.

4. Sustainment

Damit die Veränderung nachhaltig wird
Gemeinsam wird die Erreichung der zu Beginn des Coachings festgelegten Erfolgskriterien überprüft. Klienten/innen haben bis dahin Methoden verinnerlicht, auf die sie bei Herausforderungen und Chancen zurückgreifen können.

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Der Coaching-Prozess gliedert sich in vier strukturierte Phasen:

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Exploration

Wo steht die Führungskraft heute? 
In einem ersten Schritt werden die derzeitige berufliche Situation und die wichtigsten Faktoren, die Einfluss darauf nehmen, erfasst (u.a. Einsatz Assessment Tools wie z.B. Leadership Circle, vorhandene 360 Grad Feedback oder Stakeholder-Interviews durch den Coach). Danach wird das Wunsch Szenario erarbeitet, unter Berücksichtigung der aktuellen Anforderungen des Unternehmens an die Führungskraft.

2.

Commitment

 

Welche Zielsetzungen sind für zukünftige Erfolge ausschlaggebend?
In diesem Schritt werden die Ziele für das Coaching gesetzt und vereinbart. Die speziellen Unternehmensziele werden in den Prozess aufgenommen. Für viele Führungskräfte ist es wichtig neben den beruflichen Zielen auch persönliche Ziele zu bearbeiten. Im Rahmen eines ganzheitlichen systemischen Coachings werden diese Themen berücksichtigt.

3.

Action

 

Damit die Ziele effizient erreicht werden können
Während des Coaching-Programms werden konkrete Maßnahmen, Reflektionen oder Veränderungen vereinbart, um die gesetzten Ziele zu erreichen. Aufgabe des Coaches ist es, in regelmäßigen Kontakten gemeinsam die Fortschritte und Ergebnisse zu bewerten. Dafür ist offenes Feedback garantiert.

4.

Sustainment

 

Damit die Veränderung nachhaltig wird
Gemeinsam wird die Erreichung der zu Beginn des Coachings festgelegten Erfolgskriterien überprüft. Klienten/innen haben bis dahin Methoden verinnerlicht, auf die sie bei Herausforderungen und Chancen zurückgreifen können.

Team Coaching

Team coaching is methodologically comparable to individual coaching, except that here the entire group is coached. Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski develops each team coaching program individually to reflect the respective situation of the team. The coaching uses a mix of internationally proven methods (e.g. ORSC, TCI). Team coaching is ideal for teams that want to increase their efficiency or improve relationships within the team, or both. A team assessment can be used to start team coaching. Based on the results, team members can quickly see how far they are from the „ideal team“ and which areas need to be strengthened. Team coaching and team building workshops are also ideal for completely new teams, so that they can clarify the roles in the team and understand the goals.

Career Coaching

Career decisions, dealing with challenges, leadership behavior
Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski also offers highly qualified mentor coaching directly for executives. For many years she has worked with executives from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, organizations and company areas who would like to use coaching regardless of the company. She assists executives, academics and self-employed people from all over the world achieve different goals and enables reflections that help them to make important decisions. Her clients benefit from her experience in leadership research, intercultural expertise and practical experience in business.

Topics such as international leadership skills, international transfer and career planning are of particular importance to many clients. Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski, with her special approach to executive mentor coaching, aims to achieve sustainable results that have a positive influence on the professional career and position in the company. The methodology offers to tackle “the bigger picture” and to tackle goals that go beyond the career. Questions such as long-term career planning, dealing with corporate policy, finding meaning in the job, managing employees, better communication with decision-makers, reconciling work and family, dealing with challenges and making one’s own strengths visible, as well as other topics, can all be incorporated into the coaching. Confidentiality is the basis of every collaboration. In an initial conversation, interested parties receive individual advice on which process is recommended.

Coach-Training

“Recognized international coaching education and training plus supervision are, along with other qualifications, important building blocks for executive coaches in order to be able to support clients in a goal-oriented manner and at eye level. ”.

For Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski, lifelong learning is one of the prerequisites for doing qualified work as a coach. For several years she has been training new international coaches with great commitment, be it in training workshops or through direct mentor coaching, to achieve an ICF level as an ACC or PCC coach. All coach training is individually tailored to the coach’s learning goals. Please contact me to discuss your goals as a coach.

Client feedback on Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski:

Bettina is a great executive coach. She is highly sensitive, engaged and very insightful to the client's situation which enables her to create a comfortable and open talking environment. Based on my own experience as a client of Bettina and the way she made me see new alternatives, I can highly recommend her as an executive coach.

Wolf Bay, EVP Head at Mercedes Benz, China

I have known Bettina for a while and am now hiring her as my coach, which tells a lot about the trust levels between us. As a coach and an individual, she's humble, selfless, relentless in her care for clients, positive, judgement-free and outcome-focused. I read think she's one of the BEST coaches here, not because she's an ICF- MCC, but because who she is.

Gary Wang, CEO Mindspan (leading Executive Coaching company)

Bettina is a wonderful coach. Very professional, very organized and continuously challenging for your own development. I have been coached by her for near one year and I really see my improvement as an executive as well as a person. Her western approach with her eastern experience and knowledge is a perfect match for her career in human resources. I strongly recommend Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski

Bernardo Carbot, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Sol Meliá Hotels

As a mentor coach Bettina Al-Sadik is an expert in coaching executives in challenging times. She has done an outstanding job to support my onboarding process and coaching me into my new role, taken well into account the implications of the Covid-19 crisis. She has a strong capability coaching leaders building teams remotely and to improve intercultural communications. I enjoyed a trustworthy relationship and benefited from each meeting.

Andreas Kukla, Marketing Center Leader, 3M

Bettina kindly accepted our offer to be the 1st speaker of of ACCJ Kansai Women-in-Business where we attracted the biggest number of female participants in Kansai ACCJ's presentations. Her presentation on coaching was an eye-opening topic not only for females but for male participants. Her story was really powerful for any professional who would like to use coaching as a way to grow their potential.

Mari Nogami, President, Takeda CC, Japan

We are pleased to have the support of Bettina for several Diversity projects. We see Bettina as a very engaged global researcher, author, facilitator and Diversity consultant. She is an expert in her field. We can recommend her to consult other companies concerning women leadership.

Ludovic Weber, President Pipe Business, Saint-Gobain

I have chosen Bettina as my coach during transition into the GM role. Bettina is a very trustworthy person with a caring and challenging coaching style at the same time. She can see the bigger picture of my role, knows the corporate system well and understands intercultural challenges. Bettina gave me valuable and honest feedback. I like to recommend coaching with Bettina to any executive making the same move into the General Manager role.

Jenny Xiang, President Brose China

I invited Ms. Al-Sadik to conduct guest lectures for my Chinese and international students. The purpose was to teach students on executive coaching as a personnel development tool. I can say that she has a great way to connect to the young people; she involved everybody and engaged the students to exercise and discuss throughout the whole course. I can strongly recommend Ms. Al-Sadik for future courses in any academic setting, be it on graduate, postgraduate or PhD level. Her course has been a great benefit for my students.

Professor Ralph Kattenbach, Chair Professor Tongji University

Bettina was our Mentor Coach when we kick-off an internal coaching program for female talents at GE. Participants got insights in various perspectives of how to handle coaching situations and were gently pushed to find their own coaching style and solutions. Bettina conducted our session with clear structure but also proofed dancing in the moment and really connects to participants needs. We enjoyed her being our Mentor and look forward to more sharing.

Cathrine Quan, HR Global Leadership Program, GE

Bettina knows very well the challenges and situations I face every day as a female executive, a supervisor, a mother of two boys and a wife of a husband who is also pursuing his career. Her coaching with me has been mostly on the business side but she understands how emotional/personal sides of life affect that and coaches me on wider aspects in life. She is a sweet person by nature but can challenge me hard when needed/appropriate.

Kaoru Kano, HR-VP, Eli Lilly, Japan

Public Speaking & Workshops

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski has many years of experience as a speaker, and offers lectures for international conferences and events in English, German and French, both on site and virtually. In her keynote speeches she has specialized on topics in the areas of intercultural leadership, Women Leadership and Coaching skills for leaders.

Workshops

As an experienced international trainer (Schouten TfT) and team coach (ORSC, TCI), Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski has been holding workshops for corporate customers and universities for many years, which have been tailored to the respective group of participants. In essence, the workshops are about professional development, the expansion of leadership skills and the consideration of behavioral changes in the participants. Key expertise and strengths of Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski include leading international workshops on intercultural leadership topics and promoting female managers. Participants say that in her workshops, Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski can quickly establish an interaction with and between participants and adapt to goals of the participants and cultural differences with great sensitivity. Many of her workshops are attended by participants from different countries, or participants specifically requested by companies that operate worldwide.

Examples of workshops and presentations include:

BMS: Keynote “Women leadership”, BMS
Bosch: Women Leadership Workshop
AMS: Virtual Keynote, International Diversity Strategy Meeting for participants from the USA, Asia and Europe
Meritas: Workshop Intercultural leadership for lawyers, Shanghai
Fagron: Executive-Team-Coaching
Genus APAC: Executive Team, Leadership Workshop
Tongji University: Coaching-Workshop for international MBA Students
Porsche: Women Leadership Workshop
Saint-Gobain APAC: Executive Team, Diversity Workshop
Schouten MBA University: Workshop Intercultural Leadership
VW: Workshop Conflict Management
LeanIn Luxury Paris: Keynote, in French
Club Med: MBTI-Workshop, Club Med, Guilin, China
ICF: Virtual ICF-Workshop for Coaches, over 100 participants
sHero global conference: Moderation of international virtual panel of female leaders from five countries
SelfMama Conference, Virtual Keynote, Russia
All China Women´s Federation, International Conference, Keynote, China
Cantal: Leadership Workshop, Executive Team
Astra Zeneca APAC: International Workshop “Being Strategic”, Japan
Brose: Executive Leadership Team-Workshop

Global Women Career Lab

The promotion and support of talented women in management has long been a research focus of Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski. In 2014 she founded the global research and training initiative Global Women Career Lab for women in management positions. Successful experiences of female role models from different countries and international scientific analysis on issues of female leadership form the basis for this. Data from Russia, Japan, China, France and Germany has so far been incorporated into one of the largest qualitative research projects with women leaders in the world.

As part of the Global Women Career Lab, female executives receive coaching specially tailored to the requirements of women in management, which supports them in overcoming challenges, overcoming barriers that are typical for women and in the strategic planning of their careers. The coaching for women is based on the FemCareer methodology and the FemCareer assessment model developed by Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski.

Based on her practical, corporate background and extensive research knowledge she also consults with companies running international diversity programs. In addition, coaches who support female managers can learn the FemCareer methodology so that they can apply the methodology themselves with their clients.

Cooperation: Since 2019 Diversity-Consultant of Saint-Gobain PAM-Lan-Institute

Qualification: Research and Publications in the field of Women Leadership, INSEAD-OEP-IGDP-Diversity Diploma

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Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski, MCC

My goal? To assist professional women and men in management all over the world in achieving their goals as senior leaders, so that they can realize their full potential.

About BAS

International Executive Coach with a Corporate Background

More than 20 years of experience as corporate executive, international executive coach and team coach, researcher and author, with many years working abroad.

Qualifications as International Executive Coach and Team Coach

MCC certificate

  • Executive Coach (Master Certified Coach, MCC, the highest level of the Internationalen Coach Federation) and Internationale Trainer (Schouten International Trainer Certificate)
  • Certification as Team-Coach with CRR-Global, ORSC and Team Coaching International, TCI
  • Trainer for Executive-Coach-Certification-Program ECCP (accredited by the ICF)
  • Other qualifications: INSEAD-OEP-IGDP-Diversity, Leadership Circle Assessment, MBTI, Cultural Orientation Framework, Immunity to Change Certificate
  • Coaching Languages: English, German, French

Education and professional background
Dr. Al-Sadik-Lowinski has many years of experience from international management responsibilities in industry, specializing in the pharmaceutical, OTC and office communication sectors, among other things. As a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Schouten China, she was also responsible for strategy and corporate management.

She teaches as a visiting professor at various universities including Tongji University, China; University of Bourgogne, France and the Schouten MBA University. For her PhD in business management in France, she researched the career development and leadership of female Chinese executives. Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski is an economist with a degree in business administration. She has studied in Germany and France (SKEMA).

Client list

Automotive: Daimler, Porsche, VW, Chery Jaguar Landrover, Brose

Pharmaceuticals: Astra Zeneca, Bayer, BMS, Cantal Medical, Fagron, Genus

Fashion/Travel: Coach, Nike, Club Med, Hilton, Crown Plaza, Melia

Food/Consumer Goods: Pernod-Ricard, P&G

Research/Consulting: Mindspan, Oxford University, Cass University, IZA Research Institut, KPMG, Lincoln, Schouten

Other major industries: Bosch, Covestro, Staples, Air Liquide, GE, Saint-Gobain, 3M

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Der Aufstieg der Top­managerinnen – Weibliche Rollen­vorbilder aus fünf Wirtschafts­nationen über Erfolgs­wege zu Spitzen­positionen

2020, De Gruyter, German

Was haben Frauen in Spitzen­positionen in unterschiedlichen Ländern gemeinsam und was unterscheidet sie? Dieser Frage geht Management­autorin Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski in ihrem neuen Buch nach, für das sie 110 Top­managerinnen aus Russland, China, Japan, Frankreich und Deutschland interviewt hat.

Die Erfahrungswerte der Spitzenfrauen verdichtet Al-Sadik-Lowinski mit ihren Analysen in einem qualitativen wissenschaftlichen Rahmen. In ausführlichen Zitaten gewähren die Chefinnen persönliche Einblicke in ihre Erfolgswege. Das Buch gibt Managerinnen und Fachfrauen Impulse für ihre eigene Karrierestrategie und bietet Unternehmen und Hochschulen Erkenntnisse zu Management- und Führungsfragen.

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Women in Top management- Role Models from around the Globe share their Paths to success

2020, De Gruyter, English

The book offers the reader a remarkable insight into the experiences of women in top business positions in Russia, China, Japan, France and Germany.
Ask 110 top female executives from five nations to reflect on their careers and leadership as part of an international scientific study and you will uncover a set of recommendations for women who want to become and remain international business leaders. There is also invaluable advice for corporate managers wanting to recruit skilled women into executive positions.

This book is based on the authentic experiences and original words of the interviewees – all of whom are senior female executives – and on the author’s analytical insights, all set within a qualitative, scientific framework. In this international research project, the Global Women Career Lab, the author analyzes what motivates these fascinating role models, how they plan their career trajectories, what mechanisms they use to overcome obstacles and what leadership strategies have enabled these women to reach senior management positions.

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How Chinese Women rise- what we can learn from Chinese women with successful careers in top management

2018, Cuvillier

Contrary to what we might expect, China has a higher proportion of women in senior executive roles than almost any other country in the world, far outstripping Western countries such as the USA, France or Germany – even though there’s not a gender quota in sight. What makes these female Chinese top managers different?

To find out, Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski interviewed Chinese women who she came into contact with through her work as an executive coach in China. The result is a unique research project, the “Global Women Career Lab”, which analyses the mechanisms, attitudes and carefully planned career paths that allowed these women to rise to senior positions at multinational corporations in China. The analysis concludes that successful Chinese women and their careers can serve as role models for women around the world. Women can use the results of the research to make their own career planning more successful. By following these examples, they can build on their own strengths and rise to top management. The Global Women Career Lab also offers strategies for company leaders who want to promote talented women to top management positions.

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Chinese version of “How Chinese Women Rise” published by Qingdao Publishing, winner of the Silk Road Project’s Excellent Topic Award at the 2019 Beijing International Book Fair, available only in China.
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More than half the sky? Descriptions and determinants of the career development of female Chinese senior executives working at multinational companies in China

2017, Cuvillier, Original Dissertation (English), für Fachkreise und Diversity Experten

Both in China and throughout the world, female executives are subject to a wide range of influences that affect their prospects for success in their careers. Very little is said in the existing literature about the determinants, context-specific factors and the career paths of top Chinese female managers, and hence there are almost no descriptions of the experiences of female Chinese executives. This thesis approaches the topic and its various aspects in a holistic manner in order to better understand the career determinants and career paths and patterns of female executives working in multinational companies in modern-day China. The thesis concludes with recommendations for HR-management both in and beyond China that may help to support women rising to senior executive levels.

The research also provides useful career strategies for women who are targeting a senior level managerial career based on the example of the Chinese female executives.

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Testimonials on the books by Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski:

A wealth of testimonials from female role models from all over the world, with valuable advice for women pursuing professional development as well as for companies leveraging diversity for competitive advantage.

Hong Chow, China CEO Roche Pharma, Member of Supervisory Board Beiersdorf, China

International, authentic reports from female top managers from different countries combined with a sound scientific analysis of the growth factors for women in management. Insights across countries. Highly recommended!

Professor Dr. Jutta Rump, Managing Director, Institut of Employability (IBE), University of the Economy and Society Ludwigshafen, Germany

Women need other women as role models in management in order to plan their careers more strategically and understand that the sky is unlimited for them. In this book 110 role models from various countries share their experiences and I was especially impressed by the examples from Asian female leaders.

Mari Nogami, President Takeda Consumer Healthcare Japan, Inaugural Chair of Women in Business AmCham Japan

In these challenging times in a process of civilization changing it is especially important to hear women’s voices from all over the world. Everyone can find something for themselves in this book, for me it became from one sight very comforting, from another - very inspiring. Dr Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski is a very deep and sophisticated researcher and interviewer, her method is absolutely unique and opens new doors for leaders and for newcomers, as much as for book heroes and book readers.

Elmira Makhmutova, former CEO CTC-TV Channel, Russia

As a big advocator for global diversity, I recommend this book to all women who want to rise up their careers globally and to corporate leaders who support diversity in their companies worldwide!

Rosa Lee, Executive Vice President of Bosch China, Member of the Board and Corporate HR Head APAC, China

Full of valuable insights. A must read to understand how women career paths work. Read it. Implement it.

Christine Hesse, CEO Hesse Design, Germany

Female executives have many strengths. Great learnings from women around the world. A treasure book!

Shelley Shen, Senior Director Human Resources, Communications and Public Relations, Saint-Gobain Pipe, APAC, Head of PAM-LAN- Diversity Institute, China

Top managers from five nations provide insights into how they strategically plan their careers, and break down barriers. The author Dr. Bettina AL-Sadik-Lowinski has managed to work out the cultural differences and similarities between these women. Very educational, worth reading and scientifically sound.

Prof. Manuela Rousseau, Deputy chairwoman of the supervisory board and Author, Germany

Women need to understand the country specific codes and create their best image as top managers- using language, their look and body postures. This book shows us the similarities and the differences of female images in top positions in the five nations. Great findings!

Muriel de Saint Sauveur, President Women Masterclass France, former International Marketing, Communications and Diversity Director, Mazars Group, France

Finally. International role models report what women need to advance further. The quotes contain a global fund that helps women successfully overcome barriers.

Christine Rittner, former Global CHRO, Executive board member, Lidl, Germany

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