Daniel Ahlers is a certified Professional Integral Coach®, and a founding partner of the Centre for Coaching (Switzerland), as well as co-founder and director of Le News, an Anglophone media for Switzerland. He is of South African origin, based in Switzerland since 1995, and is fluent in both English and French, completely at ease coaching in both languages.
Daniel spent more than 15 years working in a corporate environment, where he covered numerous domains firstly at Edipresse in Lausanne and then with Naville in Geneva, a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group. These included Decision Support, Financial controlling, Sales and Marketing and Innovation, holding positions as Director and Executive Committee member of the Press Distribution Business Unit at Naville, and heading up numerous cross functional taskforces, including leading a company wide innovation initiative.
As Commercial Director at Naville, he supervised the management of the diverse and demanding relationships with local and international publishers in an intensely challenging time of change for the industry. With Le News, he is responsible in particular for strategy, business development and relationships with key stakeholders.
Daniel has been coaching since early 2010, primarily to senior managers, within large multinationals, NGOs and with private clients.
His integral coach training through the Centre for Coaching is sourced from New Ventures West (USA) and is recognised internationally through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB). He is also a mentor on programmes run by the Centre in both Australia and Switzerland.
Daniel’s work in multinationals, in particular in the field of innovation, and his more recent experience in launching and directing Le News, a new media business, has allowed him to develop a keen appreciation of the challenges facing leaders and entrepreneurs who operate in multi-cultural environments, accompanied by the necessity to constantly keep pace with ever changing markets.
Daniel has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science & Chemistry and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Business Information Systems from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His coach training includes the CTE (Coaching to Excellence), the 6-month ACC (Associate Coaching Course) and the 1-year PCC (Professional Coaching Course) all through the Centre for Coaching in South Africa, as well as various courses run by New Ventures West in London and San Francisco. He is also an active member of the International Coaching Federation (Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level of certification).
Daniel is married, with 2 young children and lives in Bassins. He enjoys practicing Tai Chi, Yoga and Karaté (1st Dan), which he started at an early age. He also plays Golf, and enjoys mountaineering, skiing and continually unraveling his own self-development.