Daniel Ahlers: Director (Switzerland) admin
Daniel is a Certified Professional Integral Coach®, and Director of both the Centre for Coaching (Switzerland) and CfC Consulting (Europe). He is also a member of faculty and a mentor on the coach training programmes run by the Centre for Coaching. Of South African origin, he has been based in Switzerland since 1995, has travelled extensively and is fully bilingual (English and French), allowing him to develop a keen appreciation of the challenges facing leaders and entrepreneurs who operate in multi-cultural environments.
Daniel spent the first 15 years of his career progressing swiftly within both Edipresse in Lausanne and then with Naville in Geneva, a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group. The domains covered included Decision Support Systems, Financial Controlling, Sales & Marketing as well as Innovation, holding positions as Director and Executive Committee member, and heading up an array of cross-functional taskforces, including a company-wide innovation initiative.
After 15 years in a corporate context, Daniel decided to devote his attention and passion to entrepreneurial ventures and coaching, where he went on to found and direct Le News, an Anglophone media for Switzerland, and then spearheaded the set-up of the Centre for Coaching in Europe.
Having experienced firsthand that success both within organisations and in an entrepreneurial context comes from our capacity to engage those around us, Daniel is passionate about working with leaders and entrepreneurs to unleash the potential we all have within, to develop confidence, connection and authentic leadership. He is particularly skilled at working with people making major transitions, enabling them to define a clear roadmap to get where they want to go, and in the process, identifying and building the competencies necessary to shift their behaviour.
Practicing for the last 7 years, he has accumulated over 800 hours of 1-on-1 and team coaching, focusing on senior managers and executives within large multinationals, SMEs and NGOs.
His integral coach training through the Centre for Coachingis 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 certified Coaching Circle Facilitator and an accredited Master Trainer for PersProfile Manager.
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 credentialed through the ICF (Professional Certified Coach).
Daniel is married, with 2 young children and lives in Bassins. He enjoys practicing Aikido and Karaté (1st Dan) and exploring the impact of Mindfulness. He also plays Golf and enjoys mountaineering, skiing (ski-touring) and continually unraveling his own self-development.