Two guiding mottos shape my work:
The Market is an instrument to tell the efficient from the inefficient. It is not a substitute for responsibility.Charles Handy, Irish economist and philosopher, bestseller author
You better take human beings as they are – there are no others.Konrad Adenauer, Rhinelander, 1st Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany
… and I like to add:
Do it with passion, humour and generosity!
More than twenty years of work experience in international Executive Education and Development and in Higher Education Cooperation inspire my current work as an independent consultant and coach. Diverse roles – from free lancer to managing director – and a previous education and career as a journalist for major German magazines provided me with a broad knowledge base, quick connectivity , diverse networks as well as with openness for very different ways of thinking and living.
Till 2012 I was Co-Managing Director of Common Purpose Germany , a non-profit organization which offers leadership development for the better functioning of civic society, working with senior and young leaders from all sectors of society . The organization which originated twenty years ago in the UK is today active in many countries across the world.
Previously, I was Head of Executive Education at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, one of the leading German business schools. I was responsible for the top ranked Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program and for the customised company programmes, including business development, programme design, management and facilitation. In 2010 , for WHU I won the Excellence in Practice Award of the European Foundation für Management Development for a joint Executive Development Programme with MAN SE and Oxford Said Business School.
WHU was a “come back” for me: Much earlier on in the Eighties, after WHU was founded in 1984 as one of the first private business schools in the country, I had already helped building up the international programmes of the School as Director of External Relations.
In the Nineties I went to Brussels where I worked for ten years with the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a large international non-profit organisation serving a network of stakeholders in management education: business schools, universities, large companies, consultancies. I served as Director for Business School Services, then Corporate Member Services, and eventually became Director General (1995-2000). Under my leadership EQUIS was introduced, an international strategic quality audit for business schools which today has established itself as one of two global accreditation systems.
In 2000 I founded my own company with my husband, a US citizen and HRD expert and trainer: InterContext, a Brussels-based consulting company for organisational and human resource development. I worked, among other assignments, as Vice President Europe for Duke Corporate Education and as Senior Adviser to the European University Association (EUA). My work concentrated on internationalization and cross-culture/diversity issues, institution building, leadership development, with a particular focus on management development in the European Higher Education Area, including various publications.
My academic background is in political science and communication. I studied in Italy, Germany and Belgium and obtained my Master degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles.
German born and based near Bonn, I work in four languages (German, English, French and Italian, with working knowledge of Spanish).
I started my career as a political editor and journalist on international affairs, writing for major German magazines (Wirtschaftswoche, GEO, manager magazin).
“Walk the talk”
Continuing Education has enriched my personal and professional life:
1985 Intensive Spanish course in Barcelona, (E)
1993 Finance for non-financial managers, IMI, Dublin, (IRL)
1995 Presentation skills, Sundridge Park Institute, London, (UK)
1997 Executive Seminar on Leadership, The Aspen Institute, (USA)
2005 Facilitator-Training, Alanus University, Bonn, (D)
2012/13 Systemic Coaching (Certificate), Bonn (D), Improvisation Theatre, Cologne, (D)