I was born in the Northwest of Germany in 1982 and spent an extremely happy and well-protected childhood with my parents, two younger sisters and a large extended family close by – something I am very grateful for.
Quite early in life I caught the travel bug – clearly my Mums fault – and with just 16 I spent an awesome year abroad in Mazatlán, Mexico. I had a blast and couldn’t wait to see even more of this beautiful world.
So back in Germany I quickly graduated from a private business high school before leaving again for The Netherlands to study International Business and Management in beautiful Groningen.
After two years there, I was able to fulfill another dream of mine by moving to New York City, where I continued to study, worked for a large Hedge Fund Company on Wall Street and wrote my first real business plan together with my best friend. A new passion was found – startups and entrepreneurship.
Still in university, at the age of 23 I consequently took the plunge into the business world myself. A first small project was in real estate and the second, much larger one in the finance industry where my team and I trained the sales forces of a global insurance company for over a decade.
Through all this I could luckily always rely on my curiosity, drive and willingness to learn and grow, as well as my interest in people and their behavior patterns. Nevertheless, it wasn’t all roses. Along the way I had successes as an entrepreneur but also lost several battles and needed to overcome severe hardships.
Today I am convinced that this up and down (and luckily back up again) made me learn about my true values in life. Actually I’m very thankful for this experience as it left me more compassionate and understanding. It took a while to come to this point though…
Along the way I gained a deep motivation to help others striving for similar goals in life and made it a career as a keynote speaker and personal mentor. I have worked with hundreds of people as well as several international companies and held speeches in different countries over the past years and it has been great fun.
To sum me up you could say I am a thinker and creative mind at heart with an eye for business opportunities. In private life I am a passionate and experienced sailor and world traveler – favorably both combined.
Want to know more? Feel free to contact me here. I always enjoy a good talk.