Our team


At K5, our professional and dedicated staff places a high value on showing mutual respect and appreciation, both in our day-to-day work with one another and when communicating with course participants. 
Through language and interaction we encourage the social and professional integration of immigrants, thus creating the basis for a shared future.

Since 1980, we serve the public as a non-profit organisation and are in dialogue with our target group, the authorities, and other organisations. 

Executive Board

Die Geschäftsleitung des K5 Basler Kurszentrum arbeitet intensiv und konstruktiv mit allen Abteilungen, den Kursleitenden, dem Kinderhort und dem Vorstand zusammen.


Jenny Bentley, Director of Intercultural Events, Head of Fundraising, Communications (until 31.3.2020)

Beatrice Brunner, Executive Director

Olivier Thalmann, Director of Education and Programme Development

from left to right

Andrea Rid, Director Communications, Intercultural Events, Fundraising (from 1.4.2020) (not on the photograph)


«I really enjoy working in an environment where cultures come together and importance is placed on mutual appreciation. This motivates me to help course participants along their path to integration by putting in place favourable conditions that can improve their prospects for a promising future.» Beatrice Brunner (Executive Director)

Management Team

«I meet many very different kinds of people who come to K5 with diverse backgrounds, needs and expectations. Working with such a diverse group makes every day exciting and continually gives me fresh motivation.» 
Naomi Richner (Education Coordinator and Head of Courses for Asylum Seekers)

Barbara Binz, Director of Childcare

Angelika Gleichmann, Director of Course Administration, Coaching

Kübra Kutlu-Koca , Head of Info-Punkt/HR and Trainer

Naomi Richner , Head of Courses for Asylum Seekers and Literacy

Heidi Lichtenberger, Director of German as a Second Language, Deputy Director of Education

Jenny Bentley,  Director of Intercultural Events, Head of Fundraising, Communications

Ursula Bicker,  Head of Education and Work

Müriel Gardi , Assistant of the Executive Board, Head of German Courses (not on the foto)

from left to right

Course Instructors

«So many cultures come together here–I love that! And I like seeing my students having fun in class and enjoying learning.» Hadil Abdelsamad (K5 Course instructor)

Childcare Team

«My work at K5 has a lot variety. I love the contact with parents, the children’s smiling faces, and the challenge of boosting their self-confidence and unlocking their joy of learning–all this comes with my job as a language development professional. In my role as Director of Childcare, I find the organisational work with different groups and people interesting. It shows that every day brings new encounters...» Barbara Binz (Director of Childcare)

Board of Directors

«K5 makes a valuable contribution to society by addressing the importance of keeping our eyes open as we encounter the world, responding to what we see and taking a stand.» Sibylle Benz Hübner (President)

Hans-Georg Signer, Board Member

Sarah Thönen, Board Member, Head of Finance

Sibylle Hübner-Benz, President

Irene Zwetsch, HEKS BS/BL Representative (until mai 2018)

from left to right

New since 2018

Ariane Mollenkopf, HEKS BS/BL Representative

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Ludwig, GGG Representative

Herbert Knutti, Board Member

Michel Meier, Board Member

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