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.

Since 2014 I am supporting top executives in their quest for leadership excellence. I am working in private practice out of Hamburg/Germany.

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), as an SE Practitioner by EASE 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), PEP (Michael Bohne) and in systemic organizational development (Fritz Simon).