Learning Consultant

Kai Niethammer
Digital and Blended Learning Consultant

I create modern and

digital learning solutions with

I am a self-employed and independent consultant,
with several years of experience in learning & development
and a strong focus on digital and modern learning methods.

Digital ... but how?!

eLearning implementation & improvement

You would like to introduce eLearning in your company and don't know yet what you have to consider? Or have you already taken this step and are facing difficulties or would like to take your offering to the next level?
Mit 19 Jahren Erfahrung bei der Implementierung und Weiterentwicklung von eLearning in verschiedenen Unternehmen, unterstütze ich sie gerne bei ihrem nächsten Schritt mit einer unabhängigen Meinung.

Modernize your human resources development

Has your company reached a point where you want or need to modernize your personnel development? Do you have the impression that your L&D programs are not yet efficient enough?
In my role as Head of Global Learning at QIAGEN, I managed the entire training department with global responsibility and a globally distributed team, ensuring smooth operations.
I am happy to consult you on the sustainable use of modern learning methods and tools and optimize your individual processes.

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LMS implementation

Sie möchten ein Learning Management System (LMS) einführen oder ein neues anschaffen? Besitzen sie vielleicht schon eins und haben den Eindruck, dass es nicht zu ihren Prozessen und/oder Ihrem Bedürfnissen passt?
Over the past years, I have implemented several Learning Management Systems from different vendors in different environments and companies and adapted them to the respective needs where necessary. One own LMS development was even awarded with the European eLearning Award.
I install, support and administer multiple LMSs for different customers.
To help you with your individual LMS challenge independently, feel free to contact me.

Your topics

Content creation

Do you need eLearning content on your individual topics or are you looking for a suitable provider to create this content for you?
Ich kann Ihre Content-Projekte für Sie kostengünstig erstellen. Mit meiner langjährigen Erfahrung und den daraus resultierenden Marktkenntnissen und meinem Netzwerk erstelle ich gerne die Inhalte für Sie.

Truly interactive ...


Do you have the impression that your virtual meetings or trainings are not interactive enough yet?
I will show you how to make virtual training and meetings more interactive. Instead of a presentation character, your online events will get more of a workshop character, where everyone can get involved individually.

My experience

Here you can see an overview of my relevant experiences

Managing Partner at Kai Niethammer Learning Consulting LLP

since 05.2021

  • Consultation on Learning & Development strategies
  • Independent consultation on eLearning / digital learning formats, blended learning, Learning Management Systems, providers
  • Implementation of digital learning technologies into corporate environments
  • Installation, maintenance and administration of Learning Management Systems
  • Consultation and support on creation of L&D tenders including their specification documents
  • Implementation of digital learning technologies into corporate environments
  • Training: Moodle/Totara und Autorentools
  • Training and coaching of consultants and learning instructors in facilitating interactive virtual workshops and meetings
  • Training: From classroom to online teaching
Interim Manager Head of L&D EuMEA at Nufarm Europe GmbH

07.2022 – 02.2023

  • Interim Lead of all L&D activities for the EuMEA region
  • Merging regional training management activities into a unified approach
  • Implementing a mentoring program
  • Implementing unified App-based language training approach
  • Creation of custom online training content
Member of the jury for the Innovation Award for Digital Education (delina), Learntec, Karlsruhe

since 2020

  • Evaluation of the submissions
Digital Learning Consultant, Freelancer, Meerbusch

01.2019 – 04.2021

  • Consulting on eLearning / digital learning formats, blended learning
  • Development of blended learning concepts
  • Implementation of and support for learning management systems
  • Consulting for the introduction of eLearning in the corporate environment
  • Training: Moodle/Totara, authoring tools
  • Training and coaching of consultants and learning instructors in facilitating interactive virtual workshops and meetings
Consultant, Contractor at the "Institute for Digital Transformation in Work, Education and Society" (Kempten University of Applied Sciences)

since 01.2019

  • Conversion from classroom to online teaching
  • Production of digital learning content
  • Course management and setup
  • Betreuung Moodle-Sprechstunde
  • Individual consulting on Moodle, Zoom and digital learning solutions
  • Coaching and lecturing
Senior HR Manager, Head of Global Learning QIAGEN

07.2018 – 12.2019

Takeover and management of the global training department
  • Restructuring and management of the global team with employees on different continents
  • Needs analysis and development of a global learning portfolio
  • Internal and external development of business-specific learning offerings
  • Ensure efficient delivery of learning portfolio globally through the regional headquarters and other locations
  • Budget planning for own department
Training consulting
  • Consulting HR Business Partners, all management levels, functional heads, and employees on training topics as well as on transformation and change processes
  • Shaping and managing the global human resources development strategy
Senior HR Manager eLearning, QIAGEN

06.2014 – 06.2018

  • Structured digitalization of training in the company globally
  • Transformation of existing training programs into blended learning concept
  • Content development
eLearning Specialist, KYOCERA MITA EUROPE B.V.

12.2007 – 05.2014

  • Implementation and administration of Learning Management System
  • Implementation of a blended learning concept
  • Implementation of curriculum management
  • Content development
  • Training Center Computer and Network Infrastructure
Sales Trainer/eLearning Coordinator, EPSON Deutschland GmbH

08.2002 – 11.2007

  • Sales Training
  • Implementation of digital learning formats (since 2004)
  • Content development


Blended Learning Consultant

bildungsinnovator/edutrainment company, 2017

Principles of effective Management

QIAGEN, 2016

brief practitioner

the brief lab (Sheffield Company), 2015

Remote leadership

QIAGEN, 2015

Intercultural Training USA

QIAGEN, 2015

Web technologies

openHPI, 2013

Lean Six-Sigma Introduction

KYOCERA Document Solutions, 2013

PRINCE2 Foundation

KYOCERA Document Solutions/Integrata, 2012

Educational Media

University Duisburg/Essen, Faculty for Media didactics, 2011

Emotional intelligence

mevissen consulting/EPSON Deutschland GmbH, 2006

Trainer certification

EPSON Deutschland GmbH / Neuland & Partner, 2004

References & Awards

Comenius EduMedia Siegel

for the cross-company project "PMI2go" in which I was involved
as didactic eLearning consultant, 2017

Golden KYOCERA European President Award

for my contribution to the exceptional performance of the
eLearning infrastructure, content and processes, 2012

eLearning-Journal Award

for „Capability Management“, 2012

eLearning-Journal Award

for „Knowledge Management”, 2012

EureleA (European eLearning Award)

for the best overall impression of the self developed LMS, 2009

EPSON President-Award

for the development and maintenance of the European
eLearning concept, 2007


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