MEET BARBARA

BARBARA’S EDUCATION

  • MSc in Human Resource Management and Development, Manchester University

  • Systemic Coach certification (EMCC accredited training)

  • Master Coach in Personal Effectiveness certification

  • NLP Master Practitioner certification (cognitive coaching)

  • Enneagram Practitioner certification

The UN is a workplace like no other — exciting and challenging. You enjoy the multicultural environment and love to see your projects succeed. And, you sincerely want to contribute in creating a better world.

You want to keep growing personally and professionally. And you want to feel excited about your work life.

But more and more often it seems like something is off.

It’s difficult to get support for your career development. You’re working harder than ever, but you often feel that your efforts are not really being recognized. And the balance between work and life is just not there.

I know what that’s like. While still in the UN system, I experienced all the highs and the lows, both for myself and from the staff members in HQ and the field. I’ve heard all the myths out there and believed in some of them myself. I’ve also suffered my fair part of frustration over the inevitable bureaucracy, hierarchy and politics. And, I regretted the lack of organizational career support.

In the end, I decided I needed to take charge of my life and career and stop expecting others to solve my problems.

So, in 2014 I left. Then, in 2015, I started independently as a trainer, mentor and coach in the areas of career coaching, stress prevention and personal effectiveness. (My clients for those services include different UN agencies so I stay connected with the UN.)

I’ve witnessed so much frustration from hardworking UN’ers who’re fighting to fulfill others’ expectations of them, but somehow didn’t find the way to also meet their own needs and priorities

That’s why I help UN professionals like you take ownership of your career and get recognised for your contributions.

I know that many are longing for support and a concrete process to help take that ownership and create the work and life they deserve. I am ready to become that support for you.

When I’m not coaching ambitious professionals, I’m spending time with my family just a bit north of Copenhagen, Denmark. My first ever job was as an apprentice in a bookshop and reading is still a favorite hobby (preferably while eating chocolate…). I enjoy swimming in the sea all year round and going for long walks. Some of my best experiences have been walking on the Spanish pilgrim route “El Camino”.