My path of life

As long as I remember, I have been guided by a balance of two basic motivators: working closely with people and a following my deeply rooted intellectual curiosity.

As a consequence, I have balanced my studies in natural sciences with an active role in my social community and the local church, when I was younger.

Since my graduation with a Ph.D. in (bio) chemistry, my enthusiasm for working with people has been continuously growing. Instead of following the „classical route“ of a Ph.D. into industrial research, I decided to focus on working closely with top decision makers/leaders and their teams – initially as a top management strategy consultant with BCG ( and later as a talent management and executive search consultant with Egon Zehnder (

As a partner and shareholder in both firms, I have collected first hand experience in working and acting as an entrepreneur. Working on an international level is common practice for me.

My work in executive leadership development is based on systemic and hypno-systemic approaches, principles of psycho-traumatology and family therapy, as well as constellation work. As a trained scientist, I often cannot refrain from referring to modern neurobiology. I am certified as a systemic coach by the DBVC (the leading German coaching association), as a systemic coach and supervisor by the DGSF (the leading German association for systemic work) and as an EMDR-Coach (VDH). In addition, I have been trained in clinical hypnosis (Milton-Erickson-Institute), psycho-traumatology (Franz Ruppert, Michaela Huber), systemic constellation work (Matthias Varga von Kibéd, Albrecht Mahr and others), in embodiment-oriented methodologies like PEP (M.Bohne) and Somatic Experiencing (ongoing) and in systemic organizational development (Fritz Simon).