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Our Team of Coaches

Veena Pillai
Professional Coach, PCC

Our coaching team consists of school agnostic ICF & EMCC accredited coaches from all around the world
  • Diverse Coaching & Professional Experience
  • Multilingual coaching, supporting 10+ languages
  • We customize the coach team for your company and target group

SparkUs has an amazing network of professional coaches across the globe. I am inspired by the professional and transparent working environment, the user-friendly pIatform for digital coaching and the team’s willingness to accept new ideas.

Veena Pillai

Coaches

Pinar Dolarslan
Professional Coach, MCC

After having 15 years of managerial experience in Banking sector, Pinar started working on Coaching disciplines in early 2000’s and decided to extend her knowledge in Leadership Development & Coaching area, by 2008 professionally. She worked as faculty at 3 different universities teaching the Organizational Coaching & Presence and Leadership master classes. She had a co-leadership role in ORSC community in Turkey and supported many Social Responsibility Projects.
Pınar is accredited as Master Certified Coach by ICF with over 3500 hours of coaching practice.

Nehad Tadros
Professional Coach, MCC

Nehad Tadros is an executive master coach-MCC-ICF located in the United Arab Emirates-UAE. Nehad has 27 years’ experience working to help leaders, teams and organization become more effective and enhance performance and growth. Nehad partners and collaborates with executives and leaders in mid to large size companies to accelerate their ability to build and thrive with a results-oriented and compassionate approach. Her passion lies in working with people and helping them achieve the goals and outcomes.

Prajna Paramita
International Executive and Leadership Coach, Senior Practitioner

Paramita’s career includes diplomacy, strategic communication & business development. With 6,000+ hours of coaching across multiple sectors & geographies, she helps clients enhance their authenticity, purpose & resilience, using emotional, social, relational & cultural intelligence, Positive Psychology & Neuroscience. She combines a unique blend of outward-focused Western pragmatism with the inward gaze of Eastern contemplation.

Claudia Ritter
International Executive & Leadership Coach Senior Practitioner

Claudia’s career encompasses political, strategic & intercultural communications. With 2,000+ hours of coaching across multiple sectors & geographies, she uses a strengths-based approach to help clients uncover what makes them unique to achieve their objectives. Her interventions are both anchored in the reality of international organizations and informed by research disciplines including social and cultural intelligence, emotional competence, and Positive Psychology & Neuroscience.

Andre Ribeiro
Master Certified Coach (MCC)

André coaches C-level executives and leadership teams across some of the largest organisations in the world. He co-founded and developed businesses from startup into multi-million revenues in e-commerce, travel and digital marketing companies. He partners with leaders to better navigate life and challenges in an ongoing learning journey. André collaborates with international business schools, in executive programs and MBAs. He also mentors and supervises professional coaches.

Ozlem Sarioglu
Managing Partner, Professional Coach, PCC

Ozlem Sarioglu began her professional career as a consultant at PwC, where she advised financial institutions on their global structuring and gained coaching experience as a manager. Ozlem has been selected by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as one of the six honourees of the Young Leader Award in 2019 to carry coaching into the future. In 2021, she became one of the official members of Forbes Coaches Council. Having the PCC credential from the ICF, she has more than 1500 hours of coaching experience. She is also a volunteer in the Development team of EMCC Global.

Michael J. Marx
Executive Coach, EdD, PCC

Michael is an ICF Professional Certified Coach specializing in business coaching and corporate consultation. Most of his coaching centers around leadership communication, business development an establishing a learning culture in the company. He currently resides in Colorado, USA. However, he has spent most of his adult life in Europe. He is fluent in English and German. Dr. Marx has served as the leader of the ICF ‘Global Community of Practice on Ethics.’ He also serves on the ICF Independent Review Board and Leads Ethics Code Review Team for the Interpretive Statements.

Mete Yazici
CPCC, PCC

Mete Yazici is a tri-lingual and multi-cultural coach in Japan. He worked in Financial Services, Insurance, and Legal Services for more than 22 years and has been a coach since 2015. He managed teams of Japanese professionals and enjoyed developing organizational capabilities. He is running his own company focusing on Executive Coaching and Training, also lectures at Temple University Japan Continuing Education and Rikkyo University Master of International Business Programs.

Veena Pillai
Professional Coach, PCC

Veena Pillai started her corporate career as an HR Professional, with GE Group of Companies. As an ICF Certified Executive & Leadership Coach, she works with C-Suite executives, business leaders, functional heads and Hi-Potentials in enhancing business acumen & leadership competencies. With 2500+ coaching hours, she contributes to various industries like Pharma, Banking & Insurance, IT, Telecom, Manufacturing & Automobile. Veena has created new models of coaching to fit the requirement of group and 1:1 coaching.

Yusra Soyak
Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach, PCC

Yusra works as an Executive Coach and Career Coach. She has received her initial coaching training from the Coach Training Institute and is an ICF-Credentialed coach (PCC – Professional Certified Coach) with over 500 hours of coaching. She is also an active member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and takes part in the EMCC Audit Committee and the Supervision Group.

Gurkan Sarioglu
PCC , Board Member

Gurkan Sarioglu, BSc EE, PCC. Gurkan is specialized in business and leadership coaching with a background of thirty-seven years of corporate life experience in ICT sector gained in Turkish Telekom, IBM Turkey, STFA Group, Ericsson Turkey and Turkcell. He is now serving on the ICF Independent Review Board since Apr. 2016. He led the 2018 ICF Ethics Code Review Team. He served as an ICF Turkish Chapter leader (2010 –2012) and as a founding member of the EMEA Regional Advisory Board (2014 – 2016).

Marcella Segala
PCC, CPCC, Team Effectiveness Specialist Coach

Marcella works with teams and leaders supporting them in gaining clarity, strengthen communications, and improve performance and turn strategy into results.
She is an Advanced Practitioner of the Team Diagnostic Survey, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), she also holds a Co-Active Professional Coaching Certification (CPCC), an Organization Relationships Systems at Work certificate, and she is a DISC communication styles and Motivators coach.

Julie Kay
Professional Coach , PCC

Following a successful 21 year career in the British Royal Navy where she was promoted through the ranks to become a commissioned officer, Julie built a second 21 year career as a leadership coach. She has coached leaders at all levels, across all sectors and sizes of organisation. She is a Professional Certified Coach (ICF) with 3000+ coaching hours, an Ashridge Accredited Executive Coach (Ashridge Hult International Business School) and is currently an Engagement Tutor on Oxford University/Said International Business School’s Women’s Leadership Development Programme.

Priya Venkatesan
PCC

Priya Venkatesan, PCC, has around 20 years’ experience, 15 years in the corporate sector & 5 years in coaching. She is a leadership coach who works with business leaders to help them change and grow into better versions of themselves. Her coaching enables leaders achieve career growth, better their performance and scale organizations. She also helps them transition into new roles, manage work relationships and action positive behaviors.

Deniz Husrev
Professional Coach, PCC

Deniz completed her Master’s degree at the University of East London in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. Her interest in positive psychology and coaching steered her towards the co-active coaching program with the ICF-accredited coaching school, Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and the Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) program. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Zeynep Yetkin Yilmaz
Executive & Team Coach (PCC), SIY Certified Teacher

Zeynep’s passion to empower people through positive transformation led her to coaching. She is currently an ICF certified PCC coach, an Organisational System coach, and a mindful leadership trainer. Her 14 years of leadership experience in corporate banking and is certified as a Google born Emotional Intelligence program Search Inside Yourself trainer enables her to connect with people under stress and provide mindfulness and neuroscience-based methods to achieve resilience and balance.

Arzu Pervizpour
Professional Coach, Trainer Consultant, PCC

Arzu is an ICF certified (PCC) coach with an undergrad degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Human Resources Development from Villanova University, USA. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in HR which she utilizes today in helping her clients achieve business results and become better leaders. Her passion lies in seeing people own up their strengths and reach their potential for a life lived happier.

Vicdan Merter
CPCC, PCC, ORSC Facilitator, Jungian Coach

Vicdan has 25 years of experience in multinational companies as Senior HRD with strategic business partnering, large-scale and complex change management skillset. She is certified by Coaching Training Institute (CPCC) and accredited by ICF (PCC). She works as an executive and team coach and designs, delivers team development workshops. She also teaches internationally with Jungian Coaching School as one of the Program Leader.

Can Karaburcak
Professional Coach , PCC

Can has over 20 years of experience in various levels of management in the production, retail, finance sectors and banking. She was mainly responsible for sales throughout her career. Beginning in 2006, she focused on personal growth programs to deliver her expertise in management and communication areas with a scientific and solid approach. As a Coach, she focuses on executive and team coaching in organizations. Can also designs and delivers soft skill training programs. She has written a book that introduces coaching through a real-life story.

Pedro Pinto
Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

Pedro is a multi-cultural environment helping clients from all walks of life overcome their roadblocks.
Being a former CIO, I understand the hurdles of navigating across a company, all areas, and teams.
He is an authentic, solution-focused, goal/behavior-oriented, straight-shooter. By using a solution-focused approach, it’ll provoke you to go below the surface, find the ‘blind spots,’ and overcoming them.

Desi Jagger
Leadership Coach, PCC

Through her coaching, Desi helps Changemakers to engage people, to develop self-worth and to focus on what matters most. From her 7 year in Procter & Gamble, Desi understands the challenges that professionals face. She also knows that there is more to people than their 9 to 5. Desi is also a cancer survivor. She has seen how mental clarity can help us overcome the toughest challenges. Her clients walk away more self-aware, able to engage and more focused than when they began coaching.

Antonia Benque
Co-active Leadership, CPCC, PCC, MSc, ORSC, Narrative Practitioner

Before becoming a Professional Coach, Antonia worked in many Industries (Education, Insurance, Health, Communication) for many Organisations and Institutions, in many countries (France, UK, Portugal, USA) being exposed to a diversity of environments and cultures. She is now settled in San Francisco and works Worldwide with individuals and groups, focussing on making the workplace a safe and thriving environment. With 1000+ hours of coaching, she helped over 100 people strengthen their self-confidence, build leadership skills, improve interpersonal communication.

Arzu Sarikayalar Sadaghiani
Executive & Team Coach, Inner Game Coach & Facilitator ATC, ORSC PCC

Arzu is a catalyst for individuals and organizations to achieve their full potential by providing coaching, facilitation, and organizational consulting. She equips you with the self-awareness, tools, and processes to reach your goals. Arzu has over 10 years of coaching experience and 30 years of business experience. Arzu’s expertise includes a solid experience in establishing integrated HR systems especially the establishment & management of the corporate academies, creation of learning systems, building coaching and mentoring structures & systems, leadership development, team development & effectiveness, talent & performance management.

Noorulain Yousaf
Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

Noor Yousaf has extensive corporate experience in the financial industry in both business and Human Resources roles in Pakistan and Hong Kong. Apart from her diverse management experience, she holds several certifications in coaching, facilitation, and career development. Currently based in Hong Kong, Noor is an ICF-credentialed professional certified coach (PCC) with a keen interest in career, transition, and team coaching. With the motto of “Live Life Now”, she follows a neuroscience approach towards enabling positive change and improving people’s lives through coaching and facilitation.

Gunjan Sinha
Executive & Performance Coach, Life Coach, EMCC & ACC

With 14 years of experience, Gunjan has a unique approach to coaching. She is blessed with a creative bent and this reflects in every aspect of her coaching programs. While her focus is on supporting individuals to develop leadership acumen and achieving professional goals, her art inspired dynamic methods and creative interactions are what stand her apart. She coaches executives, individually or in groups to help them improve their ability to lead their organizations towards sustainable growth.
As a rich background in Human Relations, Gunjan brings in empathetic attitude, emotional intelligence, integrity, patience, trust, social responsibility, and great communication skills.

Katrien Nachtergaele
Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

Katrien coaches professionals who want to lead effectively with empathy, and who want to gain influence and resilience. She partners with them as they evolve their leadership to be effective in a more complex role or a new environment, and extend their sphere of influence.
Her coaching benefits from her earlier work in organisational and leadership development as an HR Director and internal Coach for high-growth companies in technology and life sciences.
She has worked across the globe and lived in Belgium, Denmark, the UK, Amsterdam and Portugal. She coaches in English, Dutch and Danish.

Zeynep Karasoy
Professional Coach, ACC, CPCC

With 12 years of experience in HR, Zeynep has worked in talent management, corporate training and development, and individual development. She has completed the Coaches Training Institute’s (CTI) Co-Active Coaching Training Program and the CTI-Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) Certification Program

Anita Nandini
ACC

Anita is a passionate Human Resources catalyst, with 20+ years’ experience spanning Coaching, Assessments, Learning & Development, and Consulting. An ICF certified ACC , with over 1000 hours of coaching , her work spans multiple domains such as BFSI, FINTECH, IT( products and services), ITES, Manufacturing Pharma etc. She has collaborated with Fortune 500 companies ,new age startups, MSMEs and For Profit Social Organizations.
Being a passionate believer in neuroscience & Emotional Intelligence , she has leveraged it to help professionals scale to potential. Her strong background in talent acquisition ,talent development and consulting for SME’s enables her to bring an integrative and holistic approach to her coaching projects.

Yasemin Iris-Brown
Certified Professional Coach, ICF ACC / MBA in International Business

Following a background of 18 years in finance, accounting and management within various sectors, Yasemin received her coaching certification from IDC (ICF/EMCC accredited) in Geneva, Switzerland where she is based today. She has lived and worked in four countries and her cultural experiences give her a broad view on human behavior and motivation. She is able to draw on this diverse background and strong business acumen to effectively coach her clients to achieve their own goals and objectives.

Elena Mellara
Career and Business Coach, ACC

Elena’s foundation and signature is in her coaching model called the T.W.I.S.T. (Triggering Ways to Ignite Systematic Transformation). She believes that when a professional change is necessary, one essential step is to understand what ‘pulled the trigger’. In exploring the triggers and creating awareness on a deeper level the individual is ‘alerted’ to detect the same trigger again and on time. Only then the person can choose the right course of actions. Elena’s style is described as energetic and fresh with a new point of view. She holds ACC credentials from ICF combined with 20 years experience in corporations covering strategic and operational roles as a manager.

Pilar Cabral Majerovic
Accredited Certified Coach (ACC)

Pilar is an executive business and team coach, coaching trainer, mentor and leadership lecturer. She is an Erickson International certified coach and is ACC accredited by the ICF.
Prior to moving into executive coaching and leadership facilitation, Pilar worked for 20+ years in the corporate sector, mainly in the field of telecommunication and hospitality, where she held various executive positions.
For her, purpose comes from within each of us; it’s something that can’t be imposed or mandated from the outside. At the same time, it compels us to move outside to engage with the world around us.
She has made it her mission to support people in the corporate world by holding a safe space for them to be challenged and thrive.

Sinem Bahadirli
Professional Coach, ACC

Sinem is a professional career and leadership coach, certified “Designing Your Life” coach and “Insights Discovery” facilitator. She began her professional career in Google, Ireland. During her time in Google, she designed mentoring programs, worked in building the coaching culture in EMEA sales organisation and mentored Irish startups. She completed her coaching degree in Kingstown College and received an Advanced Diploma in Personal, Leadership and Executive Coaching. She is certified as an Associate Certified Coach by ICF and coaches in English and Turkish.

Loïg Le Graët
Accredited Certified Coach (ACC)

Loïg supports people and teams in transition through the change of career, going to the next level, or overcoming an obstacle. 15 years in global corporations, startups, and establishing a business exposed him to the operation of organizations and their leaders. With a background in software engineering, project management, and human resources he learned adaptation, thoroughness, and listening. His motto is to combine doing with being.

Evangelos Bertsekas
Professional Coach

Evangelos is a certified coach with a passion on leadership and personal development. He is based in London and has a track record of almost 20 years in the Human Resources field. He has experience working with professionals at different career levels and functions such as HR, sales, operations, accounting & finance, data science, law, and strategy. His coaching philosophy is that leadership development is about leading yourself by knowing yourself. He enjoys working with clients that have a positive outlook about life and a growth mindset, there are curious about themselves and want to invest in their development.

Sofieke Suidman
Life and Leadership Coach

Sofieke is a life and leadership coach. She holds degrees in both Medicine and Psychology. She is deeply interested in people and their potential. It’s her deep belief that every person should invest in developing himself or herself from the core of their soul, personality, unique talents, and gifts. With her coaching, she assists people to become aware of who they are, to overcome limiting beliefs, to make their own authentic choices and to find the courage to make the right decisions.

Kathrin Dahm
Professional Coach

Kathrin is a certified business coach who believes in the potential of people to learn and grow. Her passion lies in supporting individuals and teams to thrive. She loves to create experimential insights and stimulate meaningful reflections whilst building on peoples’ own experiences. She creates an atmosphere of openness and trust allowing real insights to happen. In doing so she brings her 20 years of experience from strategic and operational human resources functions in the international industry.

Colleen Slaughter Raue
Life and Leadership Coach

Colleen Slaughter Raue’s has worked worldwide with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs and nonprofits, and business leaders from 50 countries. With 1000+ hours of coaching conversations and 20 years practicing leadership development, she has extensive experience working with C-level leaders operating in global locations. Colleen is a specialist in all aspects of leadership effectiveness, political savvy, and strategic influence. Colleen holds several certifications in the business, coaching, and facilitation fields to help leaders achieve big impacts to their organizations.

Meg Mateer
Professional Coach

Meg Mateer helps her clients succeed by facilitating contexts for personal and group transformation. She takes an interpersonal approach to systems change and a systemic approach to personal insight. She brings a combined ten years of experience in business strategy, change management, psychology, and learning design, including seven years of consulting at big 5 firms. She believes in the power of diversity and thinking outside of the box in creating sustainable positive change.

Buket Ozdel
Professional Coach, CPCC

With 16 years of experience in HR, Buket received the International Professional Coaching Certificate from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She also completed CTI’s Co-Active Leadership Program, recognised as one of the best in the world. As of 2016, she continues the same program in Spain as an Assistant to the Leaders team.

Ozum Ozbay
Career Coach & Counselor

Ozum is experienced in providing career counselling, coaching and advisory services to young interns, university students and mid-to-senior level executives.

Fulya Sonmez
Co-Active Coach, Facilitator, MA, MSc, CPCC

Fulya has completed post-graduate level studies in areas of organisation, leadership, decision-making and governance at Istanbul Bilgi University and at the London School of Economics. She works as a consultant and supports different organisations in various sectors as a coach and facilitator, with a special focus on leadership skills development and change management. She has completed the Coaches Training Institute’s (CTI) Coaching Training and Certification Program.

Allisha Ali
Leadership & Career Coach (ICF) , Mentor, Trainer, Speaker

With a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Allisha enjoyed a successful scientific corporate career in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Later, as a Senior Partner to the Chief Executive Officer in a Fortune 500 company, she successfully leads> 20 team transformations while gaining intense training & coaching from McKinsey. Allisha excels at setting strategy, lean & change management, and OPEX. Today, Allisha coaches Professionals at all levels to define and achieve their leadership and career aspirations enabling them to lead a more fulfilling life.

Jenny Hyatt
PCC

Jenny Hyatt is an International Trainer, Executive Coach, and Performance Consultant. She brings with her 20+ years of practical experience in Learning & Talent Development along with an industry-relevant educational background, MSc Consulting Psychology (OD), California, USA, and multiple related certificates from the American Society for Training & Development as a Total Trainer, Human Performance Improvement Consultant, and a Talent Management & Career Planning Specialist. She is a Professional Certified Coach from the ICF and a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Executive Coach, and an NLP Master Practitioner & Trainer where she specializes in the Psychology of Leadership to bring out excellence and create lasting change.

Leadership Team

Ozlem Sarioglu
Managing Partner, Professional Coach, PCC

Ozlem Sarioglu began her professional career as a consultant at PwC, where she advised financial institutions on their global structuring and gained coaching experience as a manager. Ozlem has been selected by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as one of the six honourees of the Young Leader Award in 2019 to carry coaching into the future. In 2021, she became one of the official members of Forbes Coaches Council. Having the PCC credential from the ICF, she has more than 1500 hours of coaching experience. She is also a volunteer in the Development team of EMCC Global.

Dani Benreytan
Managing Partner, Design and Business Development

After completing a Master of Design at the Domus Academy, Dani Benreytan started his career as a design management consultant, where he helped companies to build their brands. At SparkUs, Dani spearheaded the concept of turning traditional coaching into a gamified online coaching platform. By transforming what used to be a face-to-face service to a self-serving gamified digital coaching tool, SparkUs was able to reduce costs drastically and expand coaching services to masses.

Meric Arslan
Project Manager/Customer Excellence

After graduating from Marmara University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Meriç worked in HR and Account Management. At SparkUs, Meric manages the proposal process for new customer acquisition and ensures customer excellence.

H. Ender Subasi
Account Manager

After graduating from Sabancı University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, Ender joined EY Turkey as a risk consultant. He analyzed the potential risks of IT and Finance processes. At SparkUs, Ender manages the business development processes and key accounts. He is “at his element” when building and developing sustainable customer relationships.

Supervisory Board

Vivi Soryano
Chairwoman

Before becoming a body psychotherapy practitioner, Vivi started as an entrepreneur and a career coach. As a coach, she helped people attune to their potential and take initiative for a career, aligned with their “Presence”. 
Now, incorporating her training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Core Energetics into her “Cultivating Presence” practice, she enables her clients to self-actualize. She helps them become resilient, achieve fulfilment and presence-based leadership through centeredness practices.

Gurkan Sarioglu
Board Member

Gurkan Sarioglu, BSc EE, PCC. Gurkan is specialized in business and leadership coaching with a background of thirty-seven years of corporate life experience in ICT sector gained in Turkish Telekom, IBM Turkey, STFA Group, Ericsson Turkey and Turkcell. He is now serving on the ICF Independent Review Board since Apr. 2016. He led the 2018 ICF Ethics Code Review Team. He served as an ICF Turkish Chapter leader (2010 –2012) and as a founding member of the EMEA Regional Advisory Board (2014 – 2016).

Yusuf Biton
Board Member

Yusuf was born in 1954 in Istanbul. He graduated from Galatasaray High School and ITU Faculty of Electricity. He entered the computer business in the 1980s and brought Commodore computers to Turkey. Yusuf built the first domestic assembly computers in Turkey. In the 1990s, he became the managing partner of the largest computer parts distributor company in Europe. After this distributor company was sold, he set up a factory on plastics with the same business partners, which was also sold to a European company. Currently, he is an angel investor for high tech companies like SparkUs.

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