1965: Born in Rio de Janeiro (Swiss citizen)
1970–88: Growing up in Switzerland, studying Sinology
1984–85: Working in Lyon as an au pair
1988–96: First time to China as a foreign student at Wuhan University, Assistant to the Branch Manager of Credit Suisse Shanghai
1996: Moving to Germany and establishing my consultancy
30 years of China competence
The first time I came in touch with China was in high school in Zurich. Our history teacher traveled through the country in 1982 and described it in such bright colors that I decided to go there. Studying Sinology made it possible! In 1988, I started my two years scholarship at the University of Wuhan. I deliberately chose a “small town” in the middle of China to get easy access to the Chinese. When I arrived in Beijing, I couldn’t believe my eyes seeing a man arriving by bicycle to show our plane its position. If you arrive today, you’ll meet a top notch airport. It’s a proof of the many changes that have taken place during the last 30 years!
China rapidly became my second home. For my master’s thesis, I frequently travelled to China to interview the first few private entrepreneurs in Wuhan. I also served as interim French and English teacher at the university. With “summa cum laude”, I left the University of Zurich and found my first job in 1994 at a Swiss Bank in Zurich and Shanghai.
Shanghai was vibrating in 1994. Foreign enterprises got a lot of preferential treatment to start or enlarge their projects. In 1995, I met my husband in this city of money. After a year of heavy phone costs, I decided to give up my dream of a life in China and moved to Germany. When I look back at that decision, I often stop breathing! In January 1996, I started my China coaching and training business in an unknown market!
But the adventure was successful! Since 1996, I work in Europe, China and South East Asia as a coach, trainer, facilitator and mediator. Thanks to my clients, I was able to collect diverse experiences and a wide knowledge on China, which is also part of three books. Besides my work as a consultant and coach, I held numerous speeches at the SwissCham Shanghai, the EUCCC, the CEIBs and the Jiaotong University.
|2015||9 Levels Analysis Tool, 9 Levels Institute for Value Systems, Ravensburg|
|2014||Coaching with the Enneagram, Robert Holden, London|
|2013||Culture Profile Indicator, ComTeam, Gmund|
|2012||International Preferences Indicator (IPI), WorldWork, London|
|2010||Reiss Profile, Institut für Lebensmotive, Cologne|
|2008||EOL (experience oriented learning methods), Metalog, Bad Staffelstein|
|2003||Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), Dr. Milton Bennett, Winterthur|
|2001||Systemic Consulting, Institute for Systemic Research and Consulting, Heidelberg|
|1994||Summa Cum Laude in Sinology and History, University of Zurich|