Meet the team

Thor Olafsson, profile, trainer, coach, leadership

Thor Olafsson

Founder & Managing Director

A globally operating leadership coach and trainer since 2000, Thor is also the owner of Strategic Leadership GmbH. After founding several companies, he has served as a board member of various enterprises and is specialized in coaching senior business managers on authentic leadership, leading change and executing business strategy.

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Kurt Bisping

COO SL Group / Country Manager Germany

Kurt’s high-level international experience in both CFO and CEO positions for over 14 years makes him unique on the SL team. Before joining the Strategic Leadership Group, he dealt with various leadership challenges including the turn-around of companies, shut-down of organizations and post-merger-integrations. Today, his focus is on supporting executives in forming functional leadership teams as well as leading both change management and strategy execution initiatives. 

Helga Oddsdottir, profile, trainer, coach

As an experienced Senior HR and Operations manager for the past 15 years Helga has held various high level manager positions. Since 2012 she has focused on leadership development and executive coaching. In 2015 she became Managing Director of Strategic Leadership ehf. in Iceland.

Helga Johanna Oddsdottir

Managing Director Iceland

Chris Atkinson, Strategic Leadership, profile, trainer, coach

Chris is an international trainer specializing in engagement, organi-sational culture and inspiring leadership. He has a background in psychology, organizational psychology and counseling skills as well as being a Master Trainer with Carnegie University. Chris is well known for his dynamic and passionate communica- tion style.

Chris Atkinson

Managing Director UK

Carola Makowski

Executive Assistant

Carola is the assistant of Thor Olafsson and Kurt Bisping. She is responsible for the daily office management at Strategic Leadership GmbH and takes over marketing and project management tasks. Carola’s work experience includes marketing, event management and administration tasks in the sectors sports and non-profit organisations.

Sandra Stabbert

Programme Manager

Sandra is responsible for supporting clients through long-term development programmes. Moreover she manages our open seminars like "Mastering High Impact Communications" or the "HR Strategic Positioning Event". Sandra gained work experience in the field of business administration, public relations and communication for different companies in the technology and automotive sector.

Kerry is a trainer specializing in motivation, service development and inspiring goal achievement. Her background is in management, customer service, organizational psychology, personal development and project design. Kerry has been involved with the training and development of staff since 2001 and is known for her calm approach and holistic overview.

Kerry Bellamy

Operations Director UK

Alexander Brückmann, profile, trainer, coach

Alexander Brückmann

International Business Coach

A globally active strategist, executive coach, and facilitator, Alexander partners with leaders in corporate, not-for-profit, and the public sector. He coaches executives on designing and implementing business strategies with measurable impact, and shaping cohesive leadership teams, able to implement strategies faster and more successfully.


Cener Dogan

International Business Coach

An internationally experienced, leadership coach and trainer and a multicultural and multilingual pro-fessional who helps develop high performing leaders and teams. Strategic business development, sales and marketing have been Cener’s initial area of specialism for about 20 years where she helped organizations expand in the German speaking market.

Andreas Iffland, Strategic Leadership, profile, trainer, coach

A certified Master Trainer and Coach in the area of sales, Andreas specializes in B2B sales coaching, training and consulting. He draws upon a decade of experience working with sales teams  around the world and as IT consultant. His business management and consulting experience serves as a solid foundation for his leadership development projects today.

Andreas Iffland

International Business Coach

Chris Johnson

International Business Coach

Chris is an international trainer and coach who has spent 20 years in the automotive industry working for the Volkswagen and BMW Groups in customer service, aftersales operations management, marketing, training and development. Today he is a passionate trainer and coach and advocates learning that sticks to transform people and performance.

Brett Milan Gajda

International Business Coach

Brett is an internationally active facilitator, speaker, writer and coach. He successfully built businesses in Canada and in the USA. In addition to working with clients he is passionately hosting the self-development podcast "Where there's smoke". 

Anne Mench

International Business Coach

After specializing in media technologies and economics, Anne joined a global media company as the executive assistant to the CSO and subsequently managed challenging strategy and change projects in the area of sales and customer management. Anne is a strong believer in the human aspects of change and team development. Clients value her talent as facilitator and her passion to connect people.

Minoush Mohyeldin

International Business Coach

Minoush has dedicated her career to organizational development through people development, since 2001. Minoush works as an international Coach, Trainer and Master Trainer and has developed people across four continents. After spending years in business management, she moved to entrepreneurship where she has co-founded a centre for child develop-ment. 

Kate Peacock

International Business Coach

Kate is a business professional with a track record of building relationships at all levels and establishing needs to meet business solutions. Outstanding influencing and listening skills combined with a creative flair have led to proven results with both customers and suppliers through identifying opportunities and turning them to commercial advantage.

Miles Peacock

International Business Coach

Miles is a creative management trainer and coach, with a background of working in manufacturing and services sectors. Noted for creating learning environments, which offer support and challenge and an emphasis on fun, he is experienced in working with all levels of management in groups or on a one-to-one basis.

Carsten Pfahlert

International Business Coach

Carsten has delivered training and development programs across Europe, Asia and North America. He is a strong believer in experiential learning to develop skills and personalities. With a background as project manager in the pharmaceutical industry he supports teams to apply learnings in day-to-day reality. Clients value his energy and sensibility.

Silvia Pitz

International Business Coach

As an international trainer and coach since 1998, Silvia brings strong communication and media experience into her leadership and coaching work with senior managers, young professionals and teams alike.  Something unique to Silvia is how she uses relaxation and meditation techniques to increase both her own and her participants’ creativity and work-life balance.

Dominik Schott

International Business Coach

Dominik Schott is an expert for storytelling and body language. He is one of Germany's most renowned television voice talents and an experienced host of panel discussion and international conferences. As a certified business coach and international trainer he helps leaders and teams to unleash their communication potential.

Alison Sheridan

International Business Coach

Alison is a professionally qualified coach and advanced coach trainer with extensive experience in the delivery of transformational coaching for business leaders for a wide range of international corporate and private clients. With nine years’ experience in senior trading posts in international banking in London, Luxembourg and with the European Parliament, she is commercially aware and understands the issues facing leaders in business today.

This is a selection of some of our coaches and trainers.


Since our team and network are constantly growing, we will have the "right" trainer for your needs.

Just contact us if you want to see detailed profiles of our other trainers and coaches.



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