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Initiator of one of the most comprehensive research projects worldwide on the effect of mindfulness in working life. In this context he lead and implemented mindfulness trainings in more than 25 large companies. See also Publications / Conferences

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  • Physics studies at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London); MBA at the University of Texas
  • Six years experience as Consultant in ‚The Boston Consulting Group‘ (Munich, Kuala Lumpur, London)
    Focus: Automotive Industry, Industrial goods
  • Director of Kalapa Leadership Academy, Kalapa Hotels Ltd, Upaya Ltd.
  • Mr. Tamdjidi also has more than 20 years of experience in contemplative and mindful methods
  • Born in 1970; he lives with his family in Cologne

Mrs. Stephan is head of Kalapa Leadership Academy and Systeamotion. Working with a systemic approach, she focuses on management consultation and development, coaching and authentic leadership. Liane Stephan has been a trainer for coaches for 15+ years now. See also Training in Systemic Coaching and Publications / Conferences

She has been practicing mindfulness for 35+ years and has integrated meditative and contemplative practices into her life and her work.

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  • Approved / Certified Systemic Adviser and Trainer and Coach (DGSF and ProC Association), Supervisor, Organisation Development
  • Master in Sports studies; focus: The Psychology of Motivation (Coaching in Competitive Sports) and Dance / Theatre Education
  • Feldenkrais practitioner (Hamburg, San Francisco): Body-Mind-Technique
  • Integrative Gestalt therapist (kinesiatrics) at the Fritz Perls Institute (Hückeswagen)
  • Systemic Counselling and Supervisor at the IFW (Weinheim)
  • Coaching has been Liane’s passion for over 30 years. She has lead trainings for many well-known learning institutes
  • She was trained in contemplative mindful-based methods and Aikido
  • Born in 1957; she lives with her family near Cologne

“The basis of intelligent leadership is mindfulness. Being mindful means to be present, hence you are able to perceive the inherent potential of the present moment. You are able to make clear decisions and mindful meditation helps to strengthen those abilities.”

Mr. Thalhammer has been managing director and entrepreneur, he currently works as consultant and trainer. His work includes topics such as leadership, management, meditation, dealing with stress and resilience. Mr. Thalhammer is member of a board of directors.

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  • Degree ‚Chemical Engineer‘ (Technical University of Vienna)
  • Entrepreneur for real estate (over 20 years experience)
  • He had several management jobs (economy and politics); CEO of an international company for more than 18 years
  • In 1978 he began to meditate; he is a meditation teacher for 25 years now.
    He also leads and guides seminars for more than 20 years
  • Hatha Yoga Certificate, Gestalt Therapist, Eidos Therapist (Fritz Perls Institute)
  • Psychotherapic Group Supervisor (according to Ekkart Schweiger)
  • Leadership Trainer (London Business School)
  • Born in 1951; he lives in Vienna and hast wo daughters


Miss Maclaren is an Oxford-based trainer and coach with a focus on creating custom mindfulness programmes for conferences, leadership and executive education, and student groups within the University of Oxford. She had an early introduction to contemplative and mindfulness methods and has been teaching internationally for individuals and organisations for more than 10 years.

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  • History studies (cultural and intellectual), King’s College London, University of Oxford
  • Meditation trainer certification, 2004; advanced teacher training, 2007
  • Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor
  • Action Learning facilitator
  • 13 years experience designing and directing workshops, programmes, and more than 30 residential retreats for leading business schools, multi-national law firms, universities, companies and charities
  • Born in 1981, she lives in Oxford and London


Tessa Watt has worked as a mindfulness trainer and consultant since 2009, and has practiced mindfulness for over 20 years. Tessa is author of Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide (Icon, 2012) and Mindful London (Virgin, 2014). She is co-chair of the ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace’ strand of the Mindful Nation UK inquiry, launched in October 2015 by the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness. She has taught mindfulness in a the Houses of Parliament, Penguin Random House, Accenture, Amazon, Transport for London, Otsuka , Helaba, University of Westminster, Lambeth College, Health Education England, and a range of other workplaces.

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In her earlier career Tessa was a Research Fellow in History at Cambridge University, where she completed her PhD, and then for 16 years a senior producer with BBC Radio and Music.

  • Tessa is co-presenter of Be Mindful Online, the Mental Health Foundation’s online mindfulness course which has trained thousands of participants since 2010.
  • She is co-founder and director of Being Mindful, a London-based mindfulness training organisation.
  • She is an Associate of The Mindfulness Initiative, working with parliamentarians, media and policy makers to develop recommendations on the role of mindfulness in public policy and the workplace.
  • Tessa has written and been interviewed on mindfulness-related subjects for many leading media outlets including the Telegraph, Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Good Housekeeping, Huffington Post, BBC Breakfast TV, BBC Radio 2, BBC London and others.
  • Tessa lives with her family in south London


Susan Peacock is a Chartered Psychologist, Coach and Mindfulness trainer.  She worked at the University of Surrey for 10 years where enhancing wellbeing amongst the 15 000 members was part of her remit.  Prior to that, she spent 10 years working in corporate advertising environments, so understands and appreciates the realities and challenges of working in large organisations.

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Recognising that we operate in an increasingly uncertain, highly pressurised environment, Susan offers training underpinned by Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and resiliency coaching.  Susan is a highly skilled mindfulness trainer and is sought after by businesses and individuals for the impact she has made through introducing them to mindfulness.  Her ability to adapt mindfulness to a business setting makes her stand out in this rapidly growing movement. The interactive approach used offers individuals and teams ways of engaging with life in a more energised, productive and sustainable manner.

Susan has run Mindfulness based interventions in a range of settings which include a number of Sunday Times Top 100 companies to Work For including global media and advertising agencies Starcom Mediavest; Leo Burnett and Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), as well as  News UK, RPC Law, Oxfordshire County Council, The Whitehall and Industry Group (WIG) and McKinsey Consulting.

Mr. Nitsche works for Kalapa Leadership Academy and Systeamotion since 2008. Right from the beginning of his studies he integrated mindful-based methods into life and work.

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  • Diploma of Adult Education/ Counselling (University of Cologne),
    Certificates in:
    – Systemic Counselling
    – Outdoor Education (Catweasel Cologne)
    – Yoga and Meditation (University of Cologne)
    – Systemic Coaching (Systeamotion)
  • Focus: Individual consulting and coaching, company training ‚Mindfulness in Working Life‘
  • Born in 1980; he lives with his family in Bonn near Cologne

“Having confidence into the wisdom of your experience and rejoice our inherent intelligence – it enriches our lives and makes mindful meditation so useful.”

Veronika Bauer is head of the family-owned telecommunication enterprise. As trainer and consultant she focuses on management development, organisation development and intercultural issues.

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  • Electrical Engineering studies at the Technical University of Munich
  • She worked as an interim manager in a start-up company (pharmaceutics)
  • Mrs. Bauer was European Officer in a medium-sized company (logistics) and management consultant at ‚The Boston Consulting Group‘ in Munich, Boston, Hong Kong – focus: industrial goods, technology, strategy, organisation development and process enhancement
  • She is trainer and instructor for seminars at the Kalapa Leadership Academy; she works with the international management consultant group ‚TSL & Partners‘ (Amsterdam) and is trainer at ‚The Bridge‘ who train and coach leadership manager
  • Mrs. Bauer lives with her family near Munich

“Being together and learning from each other and are the keys to contentment. On the long run, they make organisations successful.”


Former senior executive at the headquarters of Amnesty International and President Emeritus of the global Shambhala organisation, Richard Reoch offers and supervises retreats worldwide. He specialises in inter-cultural communication and mindfulness practices for social activists.

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  • Born into a Buddhist family in Canada (1948); graduated from Trinity College, the University of Toronto (1970)
    Positions at Amnesty International: Regional Liaison Officer for Asia (1974 – 1980); Head of the Press Office (1978-1980); Global media chief (1980 – 1994)

International Projects 1995 – present

  • Chair, International Working Group on Sri Lanka (consortium of diplomats and major international agencies working in Sri Lanka) (1995 – present)
  • Representative of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture on the Indo-British Project for the Prevention of Torture of the Indian National Human Rights Commission and the British Council (2002-2003)
  • Facilitator, Strategic Planning Meetings, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, established under the Belfast Agreement (2000)
  • Review of the publications programme of UNICEF UK (1999)
  • Independent human rights expert attached to the UK government’s Department for International Development evaluation of the International Committee of the Red Cross and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees activity in the conflict zones in Sri Lanka (1998)
  • Media expert on the Election Observation Mission for the Extraordinary Presidential Election in Armenia for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (1998)
  • Evaluator for The Westminster Foundation of Article 19 research and report on Freedom of Expression and the Media in Belarus,  (1998)
  • Chair, Executive Committee, The Rainforest Foundation International (1996 – 1998)


  • Editor, Human Rights: The New Consensus, Regency Press in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
  • Author of Preventing Torture, the Official Handbook for Field Staff of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Author of Dying Well: a Holistic Guide for the Dying and their Care Givers.

Management consultant with expertise in change processes, brand management and strategic vision processes. Mr. Lacoste also coaches individuals and teams, he is mindfulness trainer and teacher for stress reduction trainings.

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  • Degree ‚Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction‘ at the University of Texas
  • Over 20 years experience as consultant and trainer for organisation management and communication in a German chemical company (DAX) ; focus: leadership development, professional guidance during processes, coaching in changing processes
  • He has comprehensive knowledge in in the fields of leadership development and coaching
  • He is member of the training academy of the Eschwege Institute
  • Certificate of NLP, Tracking and Survival Basic Training
  • Reiki Certificate
  • Born in 1946; he lives in Mannheim

“Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution.” Stanley Arnold

Mrs. Brokmates current focus is management development with the help of the CAF-model, leadership coaching, team supervision, leadership retreats and improving leadership skills.

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  • Political Science studies at the Free University of Amsterdam; focus: organisational teaching, administrative science
  • Consultant for modernisation in several municipalities (Hilversum, Hamburg)
  • Senior consultant at Price Waterhouse Cooper for 2.5 years
  • Management skills:
    – Self-evaluation and organisational development through CAF-model and EFQM-model (used in public sector)
    – Trainings and seminars on the topics of self-management, work-life-balance, quality management, process design and process enhancement, project management
    – She accompanied more than 100 leadership and team retreats
  • Mrs. Brokmate is coach for leaders of medium-sized businesses, for the public sector and healthcare
  • She is supervisor for consulting teams and moderator of conflict (individual and teams)
  • She offers individual coaching to increase physical fitness and body awareness
  • Publications on quality management in the public sector, e.g. in: Verwaltungsmanagement und Organisation (Publisher Rainer Paulic Frankfurt 2012, Verlag für Verwaltungswissenschaft)
  • Born in 1963; she lives in Cologne with her family

Mrs. Wetzel offers individual and team coaching, seminars to prevent stress and for time-/self-management. Mrs. Wetzel also offers team building trainings and a development programme for young leaders and emerging talents.

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  • Certificates in:
    – Psychological Kinesiology (Schliebitz, Bonn)
    – Systemic Coach (Dr. Horn, Brick & Partner, Munich)
    – Coaching Intensive (LIW, Lohmar)
    – Systemic Family Constellations (Regina Blum, Langenbrettach)
    – Contemplative Psychology (Upaya gGmbH, Cologne)
  • She has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 2006
  • Born in 1965; she lives with her husband near Heilbronn

“The goal of my work is to cultivate individual responsibility and awareness through conversation and communication skills.”

“Mindfulness means developing awareness and to become aware of ourselves.”

Marion Kusterer is business coach and trainer for communication as well as for mindfulness. Before she has worked for The Boston Consulting Group for more than 10 years. She also acquired leadership experience from holding various executive positions at Allianz SE and the otto group. Mindfulness does play an increasingly important role in Marion´s life. Having been practicing mindfulness for over 10 years she meanwhile has integrated the practices not only into her private life but also as key aspect of her work.

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Systemic leadership coaching, supervision, communication training based on dialogues, incstructor for mindfulness trainer and MBSR trainer (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), member of the board of the Society for Awareness Science and Awareness Culture, integral psychotherapy.


Mr. Eberling is management consultant focusing on project management and change-management.
He is specialized in supporting companies towards a higher project oriented organization. He also assists project leaders and teams in their daily project work or works as trainer and coach with topics like self-management, team work and social skills, leadership and mindfulness.

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  • Economic Studies, focus on organisational psychology as well as on corporate leadership and organisation (University of Augsburg)
  • After more than seven years of operational experience working in different projects and leading project teams, he worked as a consultant for project management and change-management (Dr. Göhring & Partner, Tiba Management Consulting, Lüders Partner)
  • Certificates: # Systemic Consultant (Train, Wien/ Seliger, Exner and others)
 # Management Consultant (University of Applied Sciences Neustadt of Viena/ 
 Titscher, Hasenzagl and others)
 # Training at Lüders Partner as change facilitator and organisational consultant
  • For over more than 25 years Harald explores different philosophical and psychological ideologies and topics: from astrology to humanistic psychology, from NLP to transactional analysis, from systems theory and constructivism to Buddhism
  • Meditation and mindfulness practice are integral parts of his life; he goes on several retreats per year
  • Currently Mr. Eberling does his MA in ‘Contemplative Psychotherapy’ at the Nalanda Institute in New York and Barcelona (Joe Loizzo, Richard Davidson, Robert Thurman, Rick Hanson, Miles Neale, Sharon Salzberg u.a.)
  • Born 1968; he lives in Barcelona

Vicki Curtis has worked in the field of leadership and organisation development for over 20 years, as a facilitator, coach and development consultant.

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With a background in the health and wellbeing sector Vicki piloted one of the first Mindful Leadership Programmes with the Kalapa Leadership Academy for Nuffield Health (the UK’s largest health and wellbeing not-for profit organisation).
Vicki was integral to the establishment of The Kalapa Leadership Academy UK and now works as our UK Leadership Development Associate.
Vicki co-facilitates the Mindfulness and Coaching workshop, part of the Workplace Master Class Training Series, for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and runs the Compassionate Leadership Through Mindfulness Programme in the NHS.


Experience of more than 25 years in designing and facilitating systemic and mindfulness-based organizational , team, and leadership development processes. Coaching and career counseling. Mindfulness Training (MBCT) in both the organizational and public sector. Chairperson of the Institute for Mindfulness. The practice and attitude of mindfulness in work and life has created both nourishment and space for development for 30 years.

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  • Dipl. Psychologist FH Zürich
  • Consultant for systemic organizational development, IEF Zürich
  • MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Oxford University
  • Diploma in Relational Mindfulness, Karuna Institute in Devon
  • NLP Practitioner, NLP Association Vienna
  • Training in systemic coaching, solution-focused brief therapy.
  • Contemplative practice, training, and retreats in Tao, Zen and Buddhism (Theravada) since 1982
  • Born in 1961, lives in Zell (CH) und Queen Charlotte (CA)

„To remember: Here it is, this moment of experience – directly touching it, opening up to all experience equally, and exploring it. This process fosters spaciousness, new perspectives, connection, and deep joy.“

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