Coaches & Trainers

Sarah Blackford

I’m a qualified careers adviser and coach (MA, Warwick University) with a background in scientific research and publishing. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I specialise in providing career development education to doctoral and early career researchers and have been delivering career workshops and one-to-one career coaching for over 20 years in research institutions, universities, EU consortia and DTPs. My training is inclusive and aims to provide a space for informing, reflecting and action-planning in key aspects related to academic and non-academic career planning. As a registered career practitioner with the Career Development Institute and the Association for Graduate Careers Services (AGCAS), my training and coaching services are in compliance with a nationally recognised ethical code of practice.  

Dr. Monika Clausen

Self-employed as coach and trainer since 2005 with engagements at universities and for companies. I cover a broad range of topics from women-empowerment activities to transferable skills building engagements (e.g., career planning, application strategies, mentor program design, leadership trainings, and soft skill enrichments) tailor-made for needs of Doctoral students, Postdocs, and Supervisors.
As a coach I aim at self-empowering and extending possible ways to solve career related issues. I work with a mixture of consulting and solution focused coaching approaches. If required, I share knowledge, tips, and tricks to help unfold self-confidence. Independent on whether I am working with an individual or a group we will have a very friendly, pleasant, challenging but also humorous setting

Dr. Verity Elston

With a taste for exploring the world and all that it offers, and a love of understanding a little better how its people find their way, I bring it all together to help people figure out that gnarly question asked of historians, physicists, biologists and philosophers: sure it’s fascinating, but what’ll you do with that PhD?

I build on my knowledge and experience to advise, train and coach doctoral candidates and postdocs on their career path. I lead and develop professional training programmes with an eye to the tools a PhD needs and how best they’ll learn. And because the learning is never done, I continue to research, manage and analyse the qualitative and quantitative data, building effective advice based on real practice. 

Afi Sika Kuzeawu

Economics Msc, Certified systemic Coach, Music B.A., Psychology Msc (trng)
With a passion for creation, and a motivation for true fulfilment in life, I help people figure out what would be the right ingredients for them to experience an inspired and brilliant professional life. I draw on my knowledge and my personal experience to coach students, doctoral candidates and professionals in the course of their career decisions. As a creative consultant, I also work with entrepreneurs and public institutions to help them design and develop concepts out of their ideas, so that these can be implemented in the real world.

Dr. Ingrid Le Duc

I am committed and passionate for furthering Academic Development as a profession that intersects with current educational standards and teachers real concerns.

Being exposed to a variety of academic cultures I grew a particular interest in understanding learning and its behavior taking into consideration how learning may be influenced by external and societal factors.

I have a PhD in Social Psychology, London School of Economics, 2001. Thesis title: ‘Social Representations of Human Rights: the case of the patrona-muchacha relationship’. A look inside the private life of women in Mexican middle-class urban households.

I volunteered for many causes, such as for the Indo-American Refugee and Migrant Organization (IRMO), in London and Amnesty International.

Susanne Matuschek

Susanne Matuschek on her way through different countries and jobs (e.g. University of Konstanz; private industry; Funding Programme Manager, Career Division, SNSF) and founder of own company MATUSCHEK CONSULTING (e.g. workshops, coaching). She can be considered as an outstanding expert in research funding, networks & successful networking.

Dr. Silke Mischke

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Sibyl Schaedeli

Social Anthropology lic.phil. , certified Coach, Management of Non-Profit Organisations MAS

Sibyl Schädeli works as a lecturer, writer, executive coach and consultant. She is specialized in leadership and career development with a main focus on power and status games. Sibyl Schädeli has long-standing leadership experience in the Swiss Federal Administration and in the healthcare sector. Her main clients come from universities, hospitals, diplomacy and politics

Dr. Sarah Shephard

Bbiochemist, Dr. sc. nat. ETH, 20 years in cancer research, Switzerland, Canada, and Japan

Since 2000:  private coaching practice Workshops at universities across Switzerland

Central themes:

  • “soft skills for hard scientists”
  • “surviving & thriving in academia”

Dr. Lille Springall

Work & Organizational Psychologist, ICF Certified Coach, Board Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Naturopath, Yoga therapist & Ayurvedic Practitioner. American & Swiss trained.

I have over 12 years of experience as a Research Scientist and combine my scientific and academic knowledge with my extensive training and experience in Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Human, Natural Medicine and as a working mother. During my 17 years working as a Holistic Coach, I have enabled, and continue to enable, hundreds of clients in the business world and in academia to achieve their goals, as well as to build successful and fulfilling lives using a truly holistic approach.