Meet the Azkua core team
Visionary Collective Leader
10 years as Underwriter and Risk & Insurance Advisor at Shell International. Escaped the city to become a coach in 2004. Creator Connector. Enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic. Believes in the good in everyone and everything. Encourages women embrace their innate leadership power to create a better world. Wife, mother of three. Zurich, London, Melbourne, The Hague. Book that changed her life trajectory at 25 Paolo Coehlo’s “The Alchemist”.
Engaged Relationship Builder
Corporate background in sales, account and relationship management. Strengths coach. Supports professionals to identify their true strengths to achieve alignment between strengths, projects and career development. Knows that it’s not only about developing skills and competence, but also about learning to boost one’s energy. Mum of two kids. Seasoned expat understanding the challenges of the international community.
Meet the Azkua partner network
Unconventional Leadership Agent
20 years international business experience in Supply Chain. Progressed to coaching to create more impact in the world. Takes the “hard” out of leadership, and brings humour and humanity back into business. Described as a master of “Iron fist with velvet glove”. Calls you forth to play bigger. Creative, persistent, articulate. Chooses transformation over slogging it out. Loves the wind, it’s her favourite weather.
Alberto Gonzalez Otero
Chief Purpose Officer
18 years of experience in driving sales, building and developing organisations and teams. Firm believer in purpose as the main driver to success. Passionate about guiding leaders, teams and individuals to find and live their purpose. Empowers others to become the best version of themselves. Positive, enthusiastic, energetic. Enables to disconnect to reconnect. Family man. Continuously learning from others, especially from his wife and two amazing boys. In love with his family and a place called Asturias.
Team Coach and Pioneer
Four years in the export industry and ten years in international banking. Fourth degree black belt in Aikido. Passionate about embodying leadership principles. On a mission to take it national and global. Driven by the values of integrity, autonomy and cooperation. Powerful and sensitive. Offers the martial art principles to today’s organisational context – like self-control, keeping the bigger picture, integrating opposing views, adapting real time, keeping the flow in the situation.
10 years of experience in the creative and performing arts. Expert in children’s literature. Trusts in the power of the individual. Passionate, powerful, and understanding. Believes that the only way is up and that the way to get there is by believing in yourself and understanding that you can be more than you are everyday. A realistic existentialist. Loves to question life, others, and our purpose. Motto: Always be kind to others, no matter what. Takes pleasure in helping others. Together we can be better.
Creative Transition Coach
20 years experience in individual and organisational change processes. Ex management consultant. Psychologist and systemic counsellor. Creative, insightful, and determined. Eternal idealist. Believes in everyone’s unique talent. Passionate about empowering others to dare to follow their own paths. Gives shape to processes, programmes, and documents. Aims for meaningful, lasting impact for a greater good. Loves Asian food and German cakes.
Resilience and Self-Care Builder
Almost 20 years experience in working on human dignity in situations of adversity. Supports women to stay rooted and energized whilst leading change. Believes that leadership starts with taking good care of ourselves. Sees possibilities everywhere. Trusts in wholeness, our body’s wisdom, and the power of the circle. Loves to wonder and wander. Enjoys talking to strangers. Can’t live without books. Creative and strategic thinker. Mother with a vision. Believes that the world is as we dream it.
Warm result-driven connector
More than 20 years of experience in leadership roles in recruitment and sales. People, their development and results are the reason to wake up in the morning with enthusiasm and energy. Positive by nature, people quickly feel at ease around her. Driven, disciplined, strong work ethic. Giving attention and support whilst asking the critical questions. Supporting and challenging people to step out of their own comfort zone. Family woman. Lifelong learner. Sports. Traveller.
More than 10 years experience as a certified career and executive coach, author and speaker, following a previous life as a corporate accountant. Intuitive, curious and supportive. Sees interacting with horses as a way to uncover leadership qualities within the coaching environment. Believes that people have more power and influence than they realise and aims to tap into those strengths. Enjoys the dichotomy of culture and nature, family and individuality.
Adamant Status-Quo Shifter
Experienced Sales and Account Manager in the global personal care products industry. Brand and team builder. Believes that clarity comes from action. Unshakable optimist with a gift of connecting people to their most courageous self. Understands the complexity professionals are facing today and the skills to help them get more clarity, elan and purpose. Supports organisations develop their future leaders. Firm believer in the power of mindset, work-hard, play-hard mentality and a little bit of magic.
Copywriting Career Enthusiast
Over 20 years’ experience in the science of people in multinational corporates as well as fledgling start-ups and medium sized organisations. Passionate about giving people a voice by developing confidence and self-engagement. Creative first, pragmatic second. Hopeful of the future. In love with language and the effect it delivers to empower, change minds and open doors.
Visual and Strategic Storyteller
Published fiction writer with twenty years experience in creative marketing for large international brands. Lecturer and public speaker. Enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring. Passionate about empowering women and making us heard. Head in the clouds, feet on the ground and hands always busy. Paints pictures with words. Can’t keep quiet or still, and has somehow made that her job. Loves exploring, asking, tasting and experiencing.
Rolandjan van Mulligen
Meditation and Yoga Artisan
Over 10 years experience in teaching Yoga and Meditation in various studios and companies both in The Netherlands and abroad. Invites to go beyond one’s limiting beliefs and assumptions. Enables to discover timeless happiness, clarity and inner stability. Offers simple and practical tools and techniques beneficial for everyday life to shift the attention from doubt and worry to our peaceful essence.
Organiser and Task Guru
More than ten years of experience in supportive roles. Executive, organizer, project manager. Energetic, structured, proactive and cheerful. Passionate about helping out other people and making life easier. Solves problems, arrange travels and events, saves time. Wife, mother of one tiny human and two pugs. Loves travelling, cooking and yoga.
Investigative Bridge Builder
Organisational Psychologist with over 15 years of experience in the public sector. Always asks ‘Why do we behave the way we do? How can we achieve our personal best? What legacy do we leave?’ True believer in everyone’s contribution and unique qualities. Uncanny ability to understand people, their unique strengths, goals, and personalities. Eager to achieve gender balance in the workplace. Encourages others gently but candidly to claim their space and work on their goals. Expat child turned local, wife, mother and event planner to four children. Loves to read and bake.
Psychotherapist and Relationship Counselor with more than 15 years of experience in supporting men and women through adulthood challenges. In love with her work and with the psychology’s infinity. There is no right or wrong, no “normal”. Curious since birth. Searches for patterns, explores alternative scenarios. Redefines cliches, removes stereotypes and unnecessary agonies. With kindness and realistic positivity. Aims to bring back love and honest decisions in relationships. Believes in the power of connection and deep, meaningful relationships.