Dr. Malte Engel

Trainer and Founder

Dr. Malte Engel studied philosophy, psychology and English. In 2010 he finished his PhD at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain with a thesis on “Cognitive Capacities as a Basis of Moral Responsibility”. Since 2012 he is teaching courses on critical reasoning and logic.

In 2013 he founded the Institute of Argumentation Competence, and in 2014 he got certified as a trainer by the German Association of Trainers and Business Coaches (BZTB).

Contact: info@argumentationskompetenz.de

Dr. Romy Jaster


Dr. Romy Jaster is a research associate for theoretical philosophy at Humboldt University Berlin. She studied philosophy and linguistics, and got her PhD from Humboldt University for a thesis on abilities. During her studies and her PhD she spent time at the University of Notre Dame (USA), the École normale supérieure (Paris) and the Australian National

University (Canberra). Dr. Romy Jaster was a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and of the Carl and Max Schneider Foundation and has multiple years of teaching experience in academia.

Contact: jaster@argumentationskompetenz.de

David Lanius


David Lanius studied philosophy, linguistics, and logic. His studies brought him to Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), to the Institute of Logic, Language, and Computation in Amsterdam (Netherlands), and to University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA). David Lanius wrote his PhD with a scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)

at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin about strategic indeterminacy in the law. He has several years of academic and non-academic teaching experience (notably with respect to educational work on development cooperation and refugee work).

Contact: lanius@argumentationskompetenz.de

Sanja Dembić


Sanja Dembić studied philosophy, psychology and gender studies. Since 2014, she is working on her PhD at the Institute of Philosophy at the Humboldt-University Berlin as a scholarship-holder of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”. In her dissertation with the working title “The Mind and its Deviances – Philosophical Foundations of

Psychpathology”, she analyzes the concept of mental disorder and its relation to the concepts of bodily disorder and social deviance. She is in the final stages of the writing process. She has many years of experience in teaching, not only in philosophy but also in psychology. In 2011, she received the Humboldt Award by the Humboldt-University Berlin for her bachelor thesis “Emotions as Dispositions. A Critical Discussion of Richard Wollheim’s Theory of Emotions”.

Contact: dembic@argumentationskompetenz.de

Christina Sauer

Project Manager

Christina Sauer studied political sciece and history at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and the University of Potsdam. During her studies she spend one year at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She has coordinated the Berlin development-policy education programme for seven years.

She has several years of non-academic teaching experience (notably with respect to educational work on development cooperation). In 2013 she completed her studies of German as a Foreign Language at the Goethe-Institut and works as a language teacher since then.

Contact: sauer@argumentationskompetenz.de