Gerlinde Sarkar has a long history of working in post-secondary education, both as a teacher and manager. She taught courses in Corporate Finance and Economics the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan and was then employed at SIAST (now the Saskatchewan Polytechnic) as Director of Research, Planning and Development for over 16 years and during that time has also worked on numerous short term international assignments in many developing countries (Nepal, Philippines, Jordan, Egypt, India), providing workshops in strategic planning, labour market research, program and curriculum planning, and implementing evaluation frameworks.
After retiring from SIAST in 2006, she worked for the next three years (2006-2009) in Doha, Qatar in the Arabian Gulf in a similar capacity. After returning from Qatar, Gerlinde established a management consulting company, GEOMARC Technologies Inc. and has worked primarily with non-profit organizations developing strategic and business plans.
Gerlinde has a rich background in volunteering, both locally and internationally. She is a member of many local and national boards and organizations (Business and Professional Women, Canadian Federation of University Women, Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Immigrant Women of Saskatoon, just to name a few) Her special passion is to help women in developing countries, providing them with education and other tools to secure a better economic future and this passion is what attracted her to become a member of VGIF. In 2011 she volunteered in an orphanage in Haiti and also in Tanzania, where she helped build a primary school, worked in a medical clinic and helped two women's group start their own businesses. She returned to Tanzania in October 2014 and again in October 2017 with the For the Love of Africa
society to help build a technical institute in the capital city Dodoma. While there, she connected again with the women’s groups of Dodoma she helped in 2011. She provided workshops on entrepreneurship to women and assisted these women access microloans to establish small businesses. In particular, she is working with these women to set up businesses that promote lanterns using solar energy.
Gerlinde has a B.Ed. (with a Major in French and German and Minor in Mathematics) and a B.A. in Linguistical Anthropology, an MBA and a PhD. in International Management. She is currently still an occasional guest lecturer in the department of International Management in the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan.
Her family is very international. She herself was born in Germany, but has lived in Canada for most of her adult life. Her late husband came from India, but was educated in the UK and her three grown sons, live and work in various parts of the world – in the USA, Australia, Thailand and recently the family was enriched by a daughter-in-law from Cambodia