The leaders behind the leaders

These are our trainers, who will support you with the utmost professionalism, empathy and experience to improve your performance and achieve the goals you have set yourself. Strong in Europe, networked in the world!

You are always in good hands!

Annette Eimermacher

Annette Eimermacher

Moderator and business journalist


Annette Eimermacher presents the Telebörse and the news on n-tv. After studying political science and economics, she completed a traineeship at Handelsblattverlag and graduated from the Georg von Holtzbrinck School for Business Journalists. Annette Eimermacher then worked for several years in front of and behind the camera for Sat.1, ProSieben and at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. She was an editor at Talk im Turm in Berlin and editor-in-chief for various television and business television formats.


Andrej Grabowski - Schiller for Sparkpoint

Andrej Grabowski

TV journalist and talk show expert


Andrej Grabowski is a print radio and TV journalist. He has written for daily newspapers, presented on the radio stations Bayern 3 and NDR 2 and was deputy editor-in-chief of the news channel N24 for many years. Grabowski is a lecturer at the Akademie der Bayerischen Presse, among others.

He now works as a presenter and reporter coach for numerous broadcasters. He also trains for appearances on the big stage – on TV, in talk shows and above all at live events.

“It’s important to me to train people on both sides of the camera, then I always know what makes the other side tick,” he says.


Anthony Drew

Anthony Drew (Edinburgh)

Business Development Coaching, Negotiation Skills


Anthony is a partner in Ogilvie Ross, a specialist consultancy based in Edinburgh, where he provides business development and negotiation advice across the UK and Europe. An intriguing fact about Anthony is that he was born with 5 fingers on his left hand, or in case that is too weird, he has written and published a book called Two Red Lines and a Toy Box.



Prof. Dr. Christian Rainer Weisbach

Prof. Dr. Christian-Rainer Weisbach

Conversation management, conflict management


Prof. Dr. Christian-Rainer Weisbach is one of the pioneers of modern and professional interviewing. He has written the standard work on this subject and has trained managers at numerous companies and institutions.

He teaches and researches at the Universities of Hohenheim and Tübingen and has been working as a personnel developer, coach and speaker for thirty years. He is the author of numerous publications on professional interviewing.

Language: German

Book recommendation: Professional conversation management: A practical reading and exercise book (dtv Beck Wirtschaftsberater)


Christof Schramm

Christof Schramm

Presentation training, media training

Oh lord, I can’t believe that I am in business for over 25 years now! During these short years I very much enjoyed supporting many renowned managers, entrepreneurs and awesome leaders of great companies to successfully deliver their messages to the media as well as to ignite and activate their audiences with powerful presentations and speeches.

My passion for rhetoric and the expertise I have gained from working with some of the world’s greatest companies and business personalities are my basis for successful presentation-, rhetoric- and media-trainings.

A really long time ago, I studied business administration in Mannheim and Toronto and started my career at Coopers & Lybrand in Frankfurt. As a communications consultant, I helped growing financial comms pioneer Dewe Rogerson in Germany, having worked on most of the large IPOs, almost all German IPO-privatisations, large secondaries and many, many M&A transactions (friendly and hostile).

I can’t wait to support you being more successful!

Christof Schramm

Elisabeth Ramelsberger

The queen of media training


Not only, but above all, the first choice of many large DAX companies: media trainer Elisabeth Ramelsberger is even recommended by the competition.” (PR Report 2/22)

Elisabeth Ramelsberger is a journalist and independent media trainer. She worked for four years at Bayerischer Rundfunk in the editorial department of Thomas Gottschalk and Günther Jauch, mainly presenting news programs. As a correspondent, she reported from Germany and abroad for the Reuters news agency. She then headed the press office of the Siemens Group for four years. She later moved to the PR agencies Citigate Dewe Rogerson and Pleon Financial Communications. She has been training CEOs, CFOs and executives of international companies for many years.

German, English

Christof Schramm

Georg Diedenhofen

Preparing a talk show appearance, interview training, questioning techniques, interviewing techniques


Georg Diedenhofen was head of the editorial team at “Hart aber fair” (ARD) for almost 18 years. Together with presenter Frank Plasberg, he has prepared special broadcasts, election evenings, chancellor duels and well over 500 talk shows. He is very experienced in all aspects of talk shows, was previously head of “Berlin Mitte” / “Maybrit Illner” (ZDF) in the Berlin capital studio (2004-2006) and was responsible for the Phoenix talk show “Unter den Linden” as editor/studio manager (2002-2004). The trained journalist has taught at Germany’s leading journalism schools, managed radio stations and, as a young reporter for RIAS, covered all the important events of German reunification.

German (mother tongue), English

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Croissant

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Croissant

Crisis communication, start-up coaching


Hans Juergen is a seasoned communications expert specializing in corporate, strategic, and crisis communications, coupled with extensive experience in CEO and management consulting. With a diverse clientele, he engages with both dynamic startups at various growth stages and well-established corporations, offering project-based support. hj operates across a spectrum of industries, with a current emphasis on automotive, mobility, health tech, fitness, fintech, and media. His clients are trailblazers within their sectors, introducing innovative digital business models and leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as AI and IIoT to fortify their competitiveness and future-proof their enterprises.

JD Schramm

Prof. JD Schramm (San Francisco)

Communication Coach, Standford GSB, Author, Speaker


JD Schramm founded and led the Mastery in Communication Initiative at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served as lecturer in Organizational Behavior since 2007. He helped grow the communication offerings at the GSB from none in 2007 to mor than 20 sections of elective courses in the 2019. He co-founded the LOW Keynotes program, where students work with a professional communication coach to conceive, prepare, and deliver a nine-minute TED-like talk to a packed audience of their peers. He currently serve as the inaugural director of the King Global Leadership Program for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University while continuing to teach graduate communication courses.

JD Schramm has spoken at TED and TEDx events and has coached scores of others to do the same. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, and HBR Online. A sought-out speaker and trainer, he’s worked with firms and groups including the Aspen Institute Presidential Fellows for Community College Excellence, Qualtrics, YPO, Facebook, Breakline, Jane Street Financial, GenenTlech, Ciena, AQR Capital, Adams Street Partners, and Google. |D is an active member of the GBI) communsty, particularly tocused on inelusion ettores wichin higher educ auon and communes ot worship. He an advocate tor Suicide preventon, foster case services, and EIIV/ALDS research.

During the 2018-2019 school year he served as the faculty director for Columbia University’s Career Design Lab in San Francisco, an innovative West Coast presence for Columbia. Schramm holds his Ed.D. in higher education leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and his BFA in theater from Emporia State University in Kansas.

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Johannes Brandrup

Actor, acting teacher


Johannes Brandrup is a German actor and acting teacher. He studied acting at the Folkwang University in Essen and has had engagements at various theaters in Germany. For television, he was the first commissioner of the TV series Alarm for Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei and played leading roles in many German and international productions such as Paul of Tarsus, Wilde Jahre, Lo Smemorato di Collegno, Liebe in der Warteschleife, Gefährliche Nähe, The Crusaders, Mafalda di Savoia, Tal der Ahnungslosen and Al di là delle frontiere. Johannes Brandrup is also the founder of the first digital theater on the Internet, the Berlin Logentheater.



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Johannes Büchs

Storyteller, TV presenter ("Johannes kann es", "Sendung mit der Maus")


After completing his studies (M.A. Information Science), Johannes Büchs completed a traineeship at NDR, worked as an author for the satirical program “extra 3” and hosted the socio-political children’s and youth program “neuneinhalb” on the first channel until 2017. He presents the program “Kann es Johannes?” on KiKA and works as an author and presenter for “Sendung mit der Maus”. Johannes Büchs was nominated for the Grimme Prize in 2012 and awarded the DGE Journalist Prize in 2013. In 2014, he received the Environmental Media Award and the format “Kann es Johannes?” the Golden Sparrow. In 2015, this format was also nominated for the Special Culture Prize as part of the Grimme Award.

Johannes Büchs completed the train-the-trainer modules at the ARD.ZDF Medienakademie and has since worked as an executive trainer in the areas of media training, keynote and presentation with storytelling. He also held a teaching position at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen until 2017.

Iliana Grosse Buening

Iliana Grosse-Büning

Workshops on digital health


Iliana Grosse-Buening is a coach, speaker, a social entrepreneur, and the the founder of Quiet Social Club. After successful degrees from Oxford University and IE Business School, she took her career to various cultural contexts and forms of enterprises in China, Kenya, Australia, England, Spain, and Germany in management and operations positions.

After several years as Director of the Right for Education Foundation in Kenya and five years in the IT sector, she reached a turning point: she said goodbye to 300 email notifications a day and constant availability and embarked on an 11-day silent retreat. She quickly realized how our interconnected daily life affects health, productivity, relationships, mental clarity, and creativity.

Since 2018 in China, and since 2020 in Europe, Iliana has been actively pursuing the mission to enable everyone to live and work more consciously, happily, and productively in the digital age. With its educational content, resources, and products, Quiet Social Club reaches several thousand people monthly, Iliana’s podcast and meditations receive up to 24,000 downloads per episode. Iliana also supports the Responsible Technology Hub of the Technical University of Munich and the non-profit organizations Responsible Information Overload Research Group, Unplug Collaborative, and Training for Good as an advisor and consultant.

Lothar Lambertz

Laura Trant (London)

Media trainer, presentation coach, TV journalist


Laura Trant is a highly experienced communications coach. She has worked with a variety of individuals across different industries, helping them confidently convey their message with style and impact. She specializes in helping clients prepare for high-stakes interviews, presentations and media appearances.

Laura tailors her approach to the needs of the client. She helps them achieve their best possible performance by working with their content and guiding them with techniques to navigate interviews and presentations.

Laura has been a Broadcast Journalist for two decades, working for national BBC TV and Radio. For 13 years she was a regional TV BBC Newsreader and currently works as a national News Correspondent.

Languages: English (mother tongue)


Lothar Lambertz

Lothar Lambertz

Crisis-tested communications expert, press spokesman


Lothar Lambertz is a crisis-tested communications expert with a background in journalism. He worked in internal and external communications at RWE for many years, most recently as Head of Media Relations. He previously worked in a PR agency and for regional daily newspapers. In his positions, he was able to gain experience in working with international teams, in media relations and in crisis communication.

Languages: German (mother tongue), English


Michèle Fichter

Mark Laudi (Singapore)

Former CNBC anchor and communications coach

Mark Laudi is an accomplished media trainer, business conference anchor, and radio and financial television current affairs show host.

He is a veteran of the traditional and new media, with 25 years’ experience in print, radio, television, new and social media. Since leaving television in 2006, Mark has become mentor to Senior Leadership Teams at multinational companies in Asia and the Middle East.Mark anchored and produced regional network television business news programs at CNBC Asia Pacific. He anchored Squawk Box, and filled roles including Australia Editor, and Sydney Bureau Chief. He started his media career at age 21, becoming Australia’s youngest current affairs show host at ABC Radio.

Having spent many years in South Africa, Germany and Australia, Mark has called Singapore home for more than 22 years. He is a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach, and a member of the Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD), the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), SGTech, AustCham Singapore, the Investor Relations Professionals Association of Singapore (IRPAS), and Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry & Commerce (SGC).

Michèle Fichter

Michèle Fichtner

Leadership, change, personal development


Michèle Fichtner is a graduate actress from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She has won several national prizes at the Jugend musiziert competition, performs on stage and plays in films and on TV. She has appeared in various productions for ARD, ZDF, Sat1 & RTL in Wilsberg, Inga Lindström, Polizeiruf Magdeburg etc. Michèle Fichtner also studied organizational psychology at the University of Wuppertal and the Schumpeter Business School and works internationally as a coach and consultant at Manres, where she supports and advises companies on cultural transformation processes.

Dr. Ling Wei 韋凌

Intercultural competence, negotiating with the Chinese


Dr. Ling Wei is a proven consultant for intercultural competence and market communication for Chinese-German contacts. She supports companies, executives and universities in their cooperation and also works as a conference interpreter and translator.

She was a lecturer at the Georg-August University of Göttingen and received her doctorate in philosophy summa cum laude from the Asia-Africa Institute at the University of Hamburg.

Dr. Ling Wei studied American Studies, Sinology and English at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn, as well as at the University of California in Los Angeles and the College of Education in Beijing.

Languages: Chinese (mother tongue), German, English.

Prof. Peter Fankhauser

Prof. Dr. Peter Fankhauser

CEO profiling, leadership, personality and team development


Peter Fankhauser is a passionate leadership expert and high-profile CEO consultant. As former CEO of the Thomas Cook Group, Kuoni Travel Holding and the LTU Group, he has proven management and leadership experience in challenging environments. He is also an honorary professor of business administration at the University of St. Gallen.

Peter Fankhauser is now the owner and CEO of Manres (Zurich, Berlin), a consultancy specializing in leadership issues.


Reiner Rossmann

Reiner Rossmann

Presentation, perception and performance coach: storytelling & more


It is my duty to contribute to your success.

My career is based on creativity, active listening, purposeful speaking and putting words into action. After graduating in business administration and economics, I joined Deutsche Bank’s Investment Banking division. I later headed Dresdner Kleinwort’s Equity Capital Markets business before becoming Managing Director Proprietary Equity Trading in London. Together with partners, I then built up the Financial Communications Practice of the leading German PR agency PLEON.

I have always coached C-level clients in storytelling, verbal and non-verbal communication, including presentations and speeches (media, investors, etc.), and ensured the implementation of all measures. After advising Commerzbank on a major acquisition, I was Head of Media Relations and Group & Financial Communications during the global financial market crisis and before refocusing on working with clients from various international market leaders.

I have coached and advised more than two thirds of DAX companies as well as clients throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and America. I was involved in capital market-related transactions with a total value of well over 150 billion euros. But what really drives me is creating value in working with executives, top management and entrepreneurs to help them successfully communicate their key messages to all stakeholders, including but not limited to media and investors.

Storytelling is not rocket science!

Simone Dorenburg

Sandra Matl

Media and communications trainer, TV journalist, business and resilience coach (MBSR)


Sandra Matl is a media and communications trainer, TV journalist and marketing manager.

She worked for 15 years at Bayerischer Rundfunk as a TV reporter for “Rundschau” and “Tagesschau”, as a TV presenter and as an ARD consultant to the director. From 2017, she worked in international PR and marketing positions at DAX and Nasdaq companies.

The business administration graduate and commercial specialist is a certified digital marketing manager, business coach and trainer.

Training languages: German, English

Simone Dorenburg

Simone Dorenburg

Certified speaker, certified speech trainer, performance skills, presence


Simone Dorenburg is a qualified speaker and lecturer. She studied at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. She has been training executives and board members of international corporations for over 25 years. She also fine-tunes the voices of the newsreaders on the Tagesschau. Simone Dorenburg also works as a voice-over artist for television documentaries and performs on stage with literary-musical programs. With empathy, enthusiasm and humor, she succeeds in preparing executives for a present appearance.

Languages: German and English

Simone Dorenburg

Stefan Bannwart (Zurich)

Media trainer and communication consultant


Stefan Bannwart has extensive experience in international corporate communications and in advising high-level executives. As an independent sparring partner, he offers managers and board members integrated communications consulting and leadership support. In his presentation and media trainings, he helps them to fully develop their communication skills and thus make their communication more authentic and successful.

Before founding his consultancy firm in Zurich in 2008, Stefan was responsible for global communications at a private equity company and for media relations at Credit Suisse Group. Previously he worked for a renowned PR agency and for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR.

Stefan holds a Master’s degree in economics (University of Basel) and an MBA in International Luxury Brand Management (ESSEC, Paris). He also studied art history and has been involved for many years in analytical psychology. He is the author of the book “Authentisch kommunizieren. Überzeugen mit dem inneren Kern” published by German publisher Springer (Berlin).

Author of: Communicating authentically

Languages: German, English, French

Stefan Hunstein

Stefan Hunstein

Actor, director - appearance, presence, body language, voice and expression.


Stefan Hunstein is an actor, director and performance artist. He studied acting at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. Since 1982 he has worked continuously at various municipal and state theaters, including Schauspielhaus Bochum, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Burgtheater Vienna and the Salzburg Festival. He has been a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts since 2003 and Director of the Performing Arts Department since 2021.


Susanne Cano

Susanne Cano

Speech and voice training, conflict resolution, mediation


Susanne Cano has been working as a trainer for voice and performance skills, communication and embodiment in companies throughout Germany for over 20 years and is currently working at the Folkwang University of the Arts. She regularly appears on stage as an artist for readings.

Susanne Cano is a Dipl. Speech teacher and graduate speaker with a degree in speech education with a focus on speech and conversation pedagogy as well as rhetorical communication at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. She was a lecturer in speech training at the music academies in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Cologne.

She also supports companies in the areas of mission statement, management and team development, communication consulting and training and successfully moderates conflict management processes.

Mother tongue: German.

Other languages: English and Italian very good, Spanish and French good.


Sylke Gandzior

Sylke Gandzior

Moderator, speech coach, media and presentation trainer


Sylke Gandzior began her radio and television career at Radio Bremen. She was chief presenter at 100.6 and successfully built up various radio stations such as Radio Frankfurt and Antenne Kaiserslautern.

Executives, politicians and journalists have trusted her for over 20 years to prepare important appearances.

With over 30,000 hours of live experience, she hosts stage shows, trade fairs and hybrid events. She has been producing and hosting her own podcast since 2020.

Mother tongue: German

Other language: English

Tadh Enright

Tadhg Enright (London)

TV journalist, TV presenter and media trainer


Tadh Enright works for the BBC and Euronews and has anchored the hourly business news on Sky News. He has also worked for CNN, RTÉ News and Reuters.

Enright trains executives from various prominent companies and hosts podcasts and radio programs.

Mother tongue: English. Other languages: Irish, German

Tadh Enright

Tina de Meeûs (Brussels)

Leadership and Team Coach


One of Tina’s greatest delights is to support people in discovering more about how they want to show up in life and support them make that happen. Her career started in Financial Communication in the City of London from where she developed into coaching for now more than 20 years. She is a German citizen who’s lived more than half her life outside her home country.

Tina seeks out varied, multi-cultural settings and environments and has worked with people from six continents, a large number of different countries and cultures, and various spiritual beliefs in many different kinds of organizations.

Coaching languages: German (native), English, and French


Udo Lilischkies

Udo Lielischkies

ARD television correspondent, author and media trainer

Udo Lielischkies studied economics and sociology, graduated from the “Kölner Schule – Institut für Publizistik” and has worked as an editor in the radio and television business departments of WDR since 1980. In 1994, Lielischkies became ARD correspondent in Brussels, in 1999 in Moscow and in 2006 in Washington, before returning to Moscow in 2012. He was studio manager in Moscow for ARD until 2018.

Mother tongue: German
Other languages: English, Russian