TEAM AT A GLANCE

Take a closer look at our international team of experts with decades of experience

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Pauline Nguyen

Entrepreneur, Award winning author, speaker, trainer, coach

Pauline is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs… but with difference. She is inspiration with substance. She speaks with warmth and humour, telling her own story of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. She has a high performing western business background combined with an eastern slant of spirituality.

Having escaped Vietnam on a boat and survived a Thai refugee camp, her achievements are all the more impressive. Pauline is a best-selling author and award-winning businesswoman. She has overcome adverse beginnings to transform her approach to success by re-engineering her beliefs, questioning the status quo and hacking cultural norms. Pauline’s unique life experiences have given her a distinctive insight into the minds of individuals and businesses alike, allowing her to pass on the invaluable skills of self-mastery, courage, resilience and grit. Pauline says “If we can learn the tools of self-mastery, we can better practice the art of influence over others.”

 

She is the owner and co-founder of Red Lantern, the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world. Winner of Australia Telstra Business Award for Medium Business. Winner of Debut Writer of the Year. A bestselling author of Secrets of the Red Lantern, and The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur. Pauline’s first foray in stage theatre, The Serpents Table was voted favourite show by audiences, critics and organisers alike at the 2014 Sydney Festival. Trailblasing the future approach to good business and Spiritual Entrepreneurship.

Languages: English

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Warren Rustand

Entrepreneur, educator, trainer, coach

Leadership

Warren Rustand is an entrepreneur, educator and public servant, having served as the appointments secretary to President Gerald Ford during Rustand's time as a White House Scholar.

He is past chairman of the World Presidents' Organisation (WPO aka YPO Gold), Dean of Learning on the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) MIT Birthing of Giants Program, and Dean of the EO Leadership Academy. He has served as CEO or Chairman of 17 companies and on the Board of Directors for 50 public, private and not-for-profit organisations. Mr Rustand is a regular speaker on the subject of Leadership.

Mr Rustand is the creator of the seminar "Public Policy and the Private Sector.", running annually since 1988. The seminar invites CEOs to meet with the highest-level people in government, media and lobbying, which enables them to better understand current issues, public policy and how the private sector can better engage in this process.

He currently serves as the international chairman of L3, a global leadership group focused on one’s contribution during the second half of life.

Languages: English

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Marc Timmerman

Clinical Psychologist, Coach, Trainer, Organisational Consultant

With more than 25 years of executive and consulting experience, Marc combines deep insight with real-world operational experience to develop practical yet high-impact HR and Talent Management solutions. He works with multinational and family-owned organisations to address challenges in board dynamics, the alignment of executive and senior leadership teams, cultural change and transformation projects, talent management effectiveness, talent identification and assessment centers, leadership development, executive coaching, employee value propositions, succession planning, gender equality and diversity management. Optimising the dynamics and effectiveness of cyber security teams is his latest innovative offering in Europe.

Prior to joining Axiom Consulting Partners, Marc was the Head and Executive Director of the European Talent Management practice of Hudson Highland Group (NASDAQ HHGP), where he was a member of the European Executive Team. Before this, he led the HR consulting practice and founded the assessment and competency management practice for leading Belgian consulting firm De Witte & Morel. Between 1995 and 2001, he was a Partner at Ernst & Young in Belgium.

Since 2001, he has been a Guest Professor in Leadership and Talent Management at the Vlerick Business School and Antwerp Management School. In 2013, he was appointed Senior Advisor to the European Foundation of Management Development.

Marc earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, majored in Psychoanalysis, and holds a postgraduate degree in Business Administration.

 

Languages: Dutch, English and French.

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Giovanni Manchia

Transformation coach/lecturer organisational change management

Giovanni Manchia is a Senior HR leader and transformation manager with international experience in medium and large European and US companies (both headquarter and subsidiary levels). He is specialized in the areas of transformation/change management, Talent Management and HR Functional Excellence.

As a change leader, Giovanni managed transformations across various sectors (Tech, Financial Services, Healthcare, Energy) and within various countries and continents. In addition, he works as a lecturer at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), teaching Change Management and HRM. 

Prior to starting his own consultancy firm, he has worked more than 20 years in international HR leadership positions at various multinationals. He acted as SVP Human Resources within Rabobank. Before joining Rabobank, he worked as the HR Director Benelux, Middle East and Africa within American Express. Giovanni started his career at Shell, where he worked in various international positions such as HR Manager for Shell Hydrogen and Global HR Business Partner for its IT division.

Giovanni Manchia holds a Msc degree in Management and Organization from TiasNimbas/Tilburg University (cum laude/ with distinction) and a MA degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD (cum laude/ with distinction).

Languages: English, Dutch

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Natalya Berdikyan 

 

Founder

Business Consultant, Moderator, Facilitator, Life & Leadership Coach 

Natalya Berdikyan, originally from Moscow, Russia lived in USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain. She has over 20 years of experience in building businesses in various sectors including IT, HR, event management, publishing and chocolate production. Being an entrepreneur at heart, she also sits on various boards including Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO).

 

She is a painter, dancer and active traveller who has visited over 40 countries.  Art, dance, new geographies and cultures are a way of living her true passions: learning, creativity and growth, connecting to the mind, body and soul, getting out of the comfort zones, embracing change, expanding borders, unleashing unlimited potential and experiencing life itself. With various years of personal and professional discovery, practice of various schools of thought, tools, corporate and personal cases, she has a strong passion to help others deepen their life experience, unleash hidden potential and make a positive difference by leaving a personal legacy they would be proud to be remembered by. Her mission is to help people and organisations grow beyond borders.

Natalya is multilingual, trained in Transcendental Meditation, EO Forum Moderator, holds an MBA, and BA in  International Business Management. She is iPEC certified professional coach accredited by ICF, including Core Energy Leadership, and a master practitioner of Energy Leadership Index Assessment.

Languages: Russian, English, Spanish, French

Fun fact: At the age of 16 as an 'exchange' student went from USSR to USA, Moscow to California, lived in 4 families, changed 2 schools in 1 year.

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Dr. Amir Kfir 

Author, Facilitator, Trainer, Organizational & Management Consultant,

Leadership Coach, Forum

Amir Kfir is an international organizational consultant and management change leader with over 30 years experience. He is an Owner and the CEO of the Amirror Group Organizational Development, dedicated to transforming culture and organizational positioning of the companies.

Dr. Kfir is the creator of the “Nonflict” conflict resolution methodology facilitating conflict resolution for individuals, groups and corporations. He is the co-author of “Nonflict: The Art of Everyday Peace-Making” book, giving tools to deal with conflict in everyday life.

Dr. Kfir is Co-founder and Board Member of Million Peacekeepers, an organization that teaches the art of everyday peace-making. He was the facilitator of the “Peace Action Network”  and has facilitated Israeli-Arab, Arab-American, Greek-Turkish and Armenian-Turkish, as well as Jewish-Muslim peace/action forums. Amir Kfir is a member of  EO (Entrepreneurs Organisation), an official certified forum facilitator for YPO Forum work for over 20 years with average rating of 9.75.  He has been applying and teaching the application of forum in business and family for the last 6 years.

Languages: English, Hebrew

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JB Blanchard

Serial Entrepreneur, Celiactivist, Serendipity Evangelist

JB Blanchard is a Franco-American specialist in thriving beyond Plan B: He focuses on leveraging the power of Serendipity to maximum advantage.

 

JB is presently Founder and CEO of RoofDeck Solutions, an international design and construction business specializing in bringing nature back to cities, to heal urban blight. He also founded and ran an international skiwear company, an indoor air quality B-to-B franchise, a large commercial energy-recovery management company, and is presently experimenting with an online web-based not-for-profit social-media driven jewellery company that donates profits to training companion dogs for disabled war veterans.

 

He is currently the Visionary Chair on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization, the world’s premier peer-to-peer network helping leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, He attributes much of his entrepreneurial vision and passion to 20 years in EO JB currently resides in the USA, but was raised, studied, and worked in Paris, London, Brussels, and Chamonix Mt Blanc, having spent time there as a Guide de Montagnes. He holds a BA in Environmental Engineering, and a minor in Environmental Economics He is multilingual, has been married 28 years, Father to 2 + 5 = 7 (Where Serendipity triumphs over tragedy), and is a lifelong athlete, youth-coach, and global explorer.

Languages: English, French

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moritz Lembert

Facilitator, Leadership Coach

Dancer, Choreographer

Coming from the world of art and expression, he spent over 10 years dancing, created several theatre productions, and traveled Europe as a facilitator and organiser of workshops and retreats on movement, meditation, and dance.

 

After a transformative event in his life which made him realise the power his thoughts had over his life, he decided to refocus his efforts toward helping others to see their own creational abilities.

 

„Nothing has impacted my own life more than realizing how I was creating my experience of life“  

 

“I love to see what happens when there is space, letting you become clear on what you want, and what happens when you have someone on your side that has one commitment: You!” “You start to transform!”

 

Today Moritz works with individuals and Leaders to evolve and grow their leadership abilities. Not only in their Business, but in their own minds. 

 

Moritz is trained in Shiatsu, dance, Meditation, and different forms of manual therapy. iPEC Coaching Training Program accredited by ICF, including Core Energy Leadership. He is founder of the practice “ Melting hands” 

 

Languages: English and German 

 

Fun fact: He was the youngest beekeeper in Austria.

 

 

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Chonin Kuo – Coach, HR Consultant, Energy Leadership Trainer

Chonin Kuo is a strategic HR consultant and a Certified Professional Leadership Coach. She founded Flow Coaching & Consulting to help impact-driven individuals and organizations, grow in purpose, potential and profit. She is passionate about helping changemakers and entrepreneurs gain clarity and be the best possible leader by raising their awareness, and becoming more effective in their communication and leadership skills. She is also an Energy Leadership Trainer, the Energy LeadershipTM is based on a unique framework for understanding how the way we show up in life influences the quality of our relationships and our work.

With more than 15 years of business experience in consulting, operational, strategic and management roles in a wide range of industries and organizations in combination with her deep understanding of human potential and its cultural sensitivities, have equipped her with a unique edge. Chonin holds a BA in Psychology, a MA in Anthropology and a postgraduate degree in International Business. She is trained and certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching in New York. 

Chonin has studied and lived in 5 countries and is currently based in Belgium. A world citizen and a traveller at heart, she interrupted her career twice to travel the world over a period of 2,5 years.

Languages: English, Dutch, French

 

 

Nina Urman

Life Coach, Facilitator, Speaker, Founder of Dream
Dare Act Coaching, and InsideOut Circles

 

Nina Urman is a keynote speaker, intuitive life coach and conscious parenting expert who is committed to guiding people and organizations into their highest potential.

Inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences as an eternal student of life, a professional tennis player, a retreat host in Paris and a mom of 3 and stepmom of 4 children, Nina realized her destination was indeed her journey.

Today she is pursuing a life she is truly passionate about and helps leaders all over the world to live in the highest expression of themselves and to reconnect to their essence.

She is an I.C.F. certified professional ‘Co-Active’coach and an LCS Life Coaching student, holds a Master degree in Finance and International Relations and is writing a book on an « InsideOut Life – a New Way of Being », with has the express aim of helping everyone to live a life with purpose and meaning.

Nina is an expert on intuition, mindfulness, leadership, personal development, conscious parenting and women in business.

In her inspiring, insightful and interactive keynotes and circle sessions Nina shares her personal story of overcoming fears of failure, anxieties and pressure and emerging more resilient, happy and healthy.

Languages: English, Russian, French, German

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PJ Brady

Coach, trainer, facilitator

Public Speaking, Leadership

PJ Brady has been coaching public speaking and leadership since 1998 when he toured with the international musical group, Up with People. After three years on the road performing on stage, he found exceptional similarities between what it takes to put on a world-class musical and delivering a message as a speaker; story-telling, scripting, engaging audiences, informing, inspiring, influencing. It is this experience that PJ translates into his business and training.

 

In 2017, PJ launched 42Walls, a learning company that helps you get your message across. His uniquely-equipped speakers and trainers all have a significant amount of experience in helping you prepare you to address your teams, clients, or any specific audiences. They also can cater your content and deliver impactful messages as an individual or as an organization.

 

PJ is American by birth, Belgian by marriage and Global by choice. He lives just outside of Brussels with his wife and three daughters, Alex, Emmeline and Joey.

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Pol Hauspie

Public Speaker, Entrepreneur and founder of L&H

Raise and Fall, Fraud, Humanity

The story of L&H is well known. For many years Pol Hauspie (1951) and Jo Lernout were the heroes of the national and international press. In a monetary rat race they felt enticed to pump up their revenues in a fraudulent way. In December 1995 L&H got his long awaited IPO on Nasdaq. The aura of both founders grew out of proportion and less then a year later both were proclaimed "Manager of the year" in Belgium. Even Bill Gates found his way to Ypres and became a substantial shareholder in September 1997. L&H was big business for Belgium and at his height got a market cap of over 8 billion USD. Soon enough the bomb exploded and both founders were put in jail.

For Pol Hauspie the discovery of his true self started being the start as well of slowly climbing out of the deepest pit.


Today Pol Hauspie is not only simply Pol again, but also a "New" Pol who shares his story in an honest, transparent and even passionate way. This driven speaker pushes you towards lots of reflections on your own stance and behavior in life, values, professional and personal balance, ethics, corporate social responsibility.

Digesting his past life made him a happier human being and motivated him to share his experiences, knowledge and insights, moving others to look critically at themselves in the first place and learn.

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PJ Brady

Coach, trainer, facilitator

Public Speaking, Leadership

PJ Brady has been coaching public speaking and leadership since 1998 when he toured with the international musical group, Up with People. After three years on the road performing on stage, he found exceptional similarities between what it takes to put on a world-class musical and delivering a message as a speaker; story-telling, scripting, engaging audiences, informing, inspiring, influencing. It is this experience that PJ translates into his business and training.

 

In 2017, PJ launched 42Walls, a learning company that helps you get your message across. His uniquely-equipped speakers and trainers all have a significant amount of experience in helping you prepare you to address your teams, clients, or any specific audiences. They also can cater your content and deliver impactful messages as an individual or as an organization.

 

PJ is American by birth, Belgian by marriage and Global by choice. He lives just outside of Brussels with his wife and three daughters, Alex, Emmeline and Joey.

Languages: English

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Pol Hauspie

Entrepreneur, trainer

The story of L&H is well known. For many years Pol Hauspie (1951) and Jo Lernout were the heroes of the national and international press. In a monetary rat race they felt enticed to pump up their revenues in a fraudulent way. In December 1995 L&H got his long awaited IPO on Nasdaq. The aura of both founders grew out of proportion and less then a year later both were proclaimed "Manager of the year" in Belgium. Even Bill Gates found his way to Ypres and became a substantial shareholder in September 1997. L&H was big business for Belgium and at his height got a market cap of over 8 billion USD. Soon enough the bomb exploded and both founders were put in jail.

For Pol Hauspie the discovery of his true self started being the start as well of slowly climbing out of the deepest pit.


Today Pol Hauspie is not only simply Pol again, but also a "New" Pol who shares his story in an honest, transparent and even passionate way. This driven speaker pushes you towards lots of reflections on your own stance and behavior in life, values, professional and personal balance, ethics, corporate social responsibility.

Digesting his past life made him a happier human being and motivated him to share his experiences, knowledge and insights, moving others to look critically at themselves in the first place and learn.

Languages: Dutch, English, French

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Hanna Kriens

Social & Organisational Psycologist, Leadership Coach & Trainer, Emotional Intelligence Expert

Hanna Kriens, is our psychologist who works as a leadership development coach.  

 

With a Masters degree in Social and Organisational Psychology at Leiden University, a decade of corporate experience in Shell and Unilever as a HR professional and as a line manager, Hanna has developed a profound passion for people and Emotional Intelligence (‘EI’). During her corporate career, Hanna also developed herself as an entrepreneur as she set up a retail business in Dutch flag dresses. 

Since working as an independent Leadership Coach, Hanna has witnessed the impact of EI and has specialised in training and coaching individuals and teams in these skills. 

 

As the workplace has changed over time, so has it’s leadership. Investing in Emotional Intelligence will give you the tools and skills to become most effective in relation to others - irrespective of the workfield you are in. Research has shown that EQ will lead to more success than IQ, experience and skills together. “What a great thing, it can be trained” 

 

Hanna is a professional certified coach, licensed soft skill trainer and is based in Dubai. She coaches in Dutch and English.

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Harley Fank

 

Business + Career Coach, Entrepreneur, Mindfulness Expert

Harley Frank is a professional coach living in Los Angeles, CA. Harley is also the founder of Harley Frank Coaching, a practice that supports professionals and entrepreneurs to create successful careers that align with their values, desired impact, and desired lifestyle.

 

Prior to becoming a coach, Harley was a startup executive in Silicon Valley. She’s built and managed teams in Operations, Account Management, Support, Sales, and Logistics. She is also an expert in mindfulness, having studied yoga and meditation in the US and South America.

 

Harley’s unique coaching methodology combines Energy Leadership, a coaching philosophy taught by iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching), mindfulness techniques, and EFT (taught by EFT International). This combination creates powerful, sustainable transformations that clients feel almost immediately.

 

Harley’s approach to coaching is mindset first, strategy second. She believes that a healthy mindset is an entrepreneur's most valuable asset. With a healthy mindset, problems become opportunities, work is energizing, and creative strategy flows.

 

Fun Facts:Outside of work, Harley is a passionate cook, yogi, and ceramicist. She values spending time outside and with loved ones.

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Sandra Codd 

Lifecoach, trainer

Sandra Codd is a British-Chilean motivational speaker and Life Coach that helps clients through transitional periods and unexpected life changes. She has studied, lived and worked in Australia, Scotland and Spain. An experienced coach and international consultant, her compassionate, energetic, and creative approach to coaching has gained her positive recognition among professionals, sports people and corporate clients from different backgrounds.

 

She has an in-depth understanding of coaching processes and facilitates group dynamics promoting personal and business development. Social entrepreneur, co-founder of Integra Coaching, Co-founder and mentor “Women Non-Stop” network, organiser of ICF Coaching Week 2015 Chile Chapter. Author of self-discovery guide: “The Spiral Effect: Sowing the seeds of your happiness”, she is passionate about helping clients step into their greatness.

 

Her style of coaching favours working in natural settings, incorporating elements of creative writing, appreciation and observation, meditation, systemic constellations and cognition based on the research of biologist and neurophysiologist Humberto Maturana, Ph.D.

 

A writer and story teller, she enjoys the outdoors, loves travelling, and has a special connection with the sea, enjoying sailing and sea-kayaking. She has diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming, and MSc Pg. in Translation/Interpreting from Heriot-Watt University.

Languages: Spanish, English

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Megan Warren

Coach

An iPEC certified coach, with specialties Energy Leadership and COR.E Dynamics – Transitions, Megan Warren has more than 15 years of international experience in partnerships, business development, and multi-country project management. Having worked in both the public and private sectors, Megan has deep experience with people and change management. In 2019, Megan launched her coaching company, Megan Warren Coaching, and began working with individual and corporate clients, as well as hosting workshops on specific topics.

 

As a coach, Megan partners with clients to transform self-abandonment into self-abundance, creating positive and sustainable change in their lives. She thrives at working with clients to assess their current level of personal leadership, understand how that changes under stress, and develop their personal toolkit to shift how they show up in their daily lives. Megan has worked with clients to address a wide variety of issues including:

  • Personal development – leadership ability, communication, emotional intelligence

  • Relationships – intimate, familial, and social

  • Life purpose

  • Career transition and mapping

  • Entrepreneurial business development

 

Languages – English, French

Degrees – Bachelors in English from Lynchburg College, Certificate International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University, CPC, ELI-MP, COR.E Dynamics – Transitions from iPEC

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