PAVILION STAFF REFLECT DYNAMIC, MULTI-FACETED, OUTWARD-LOOKING
The German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will have a team of around 180 staff working to deliver an unforgettable experience for visitors. With 13 different nationalities and a combined total of 30 languages, the team members are representative of Germany's truly multicultural society. Commissioned by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to organise the pavilion operations, Koelnmesse was responsible for the selection process. They were particularly keen to recruit people who brought their own strengths and plenty of motivation to the team. “Teamwork skills and enthusiasm are very important to us at Koelnmesse and they were our criteria when assessing potential Expo pavilion staff too,” explains Gerald Böse, the company’s CEO.
In September, the new team members will be trained on the various topics covered in the pavilion and the tasks they will have to perform over the next six months. In addition to new staff for pavilion management, protocol, HR and communications, there are numerous hosts and hostesses, drivers and technicians. In their search for the right people, the pavilion management team decided to conduct the countless interviews themselves instead of using a recruitment agency. “Our aim is to combine the strengths of individuals in a CAMPUS GERMANY team that will excel as a whole. That’s why we felt we had to talk to all the applicants in person. During the selection process, we met lots of interesting people who will bring added value for the German Pavilion – and for our visitors,” says Sebastian Rosito, Deputy Commissioner General and Director of the German Pavilion.
The team comprises 13 different nationalities with ages ranging from 21 to 65. Around 75% are aged between 25 and 30 and approximately 65% are women. Not only is the team very international, Germany’s various regions are also well represented, with members from 13 of the country’s 16 federal states. They will also be able to welcome visitors in 30 different languages. Apart from all being fluent in at least German and English, the team can easily communicate in the host country’s official language, Arabic, as well as other languages such as French or Spanish.
Many of the younger applicants in particular stressed their interest in helping raise the profile of sustainable ideas and innovations internationally. For them, Expo is the ideal platform for the global community to connect minds and tackle the problems it faces. One of the younger team members is Kristina Heidebrecht, who will work as a hostess in the German Pavilion. She had already been involved in designing the technical features of the “Germany by Numbers” room as a student at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Looking forward to her new role, Kristina says, “CAMPUS GERMANY is a great project that shines the spotlight on sustainable ideas, approaches and solutions. After working on the ball pit design with my class at university, I knew I wanted to get more involved so I applied to join the German Pavilion team.”