Susanne’s practice is influenced by early years in international cooperation, especially in the Middle East, South Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, where she consulted clients on managing major investment and innovation projects, including restructuring of organisations, introduction of IT system change and quality process management. She also has experience in leading multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams in Europe and abroad on short and long term assignments as well as dealing with lateral leadership in multi-stakeholder engagements and networks.
Between 2000 and 2011 she was based in Hamburg, where she led the strategic business development and programme management in Sub-Saharan Africa for one of Europe’s top ten private consulting companies in worldwide development cooperation, GFA Consulting Group GmbH. In this role she also was responsible for the introduction of a range of innovative management and leadership approaches in Germany and abroad.
In 2010 Susanne enrolled in the Ashridge Masters for Organisation Consulting at Ashridge and thereafter set up her own Consultancy business in March 2011 - now collaborating with, and working as an Associate within Lacerta Consulting. Since than she consultants on organisational change and innovation projects with international regional organisations in Africa (Southern African Development Community, Agency for the Management of the Niger shared water resources), private sector clients (the German tourism and energy sector) and public investment organisations (KfW Entwicklungsbank, Ministry for Employment and Social Services, Germany).
Susanne’s consulting style is grounded in sustainable impact orientation and participation paired with a foundation in complexity theory, human systems theory and in awareness-based approaches like group dialogue and Action Inquiry. She is also highly experienced in designing and leading processes for the implementation of complex projects and multi-stakeholder dialogues.
She was recently appointed as a Coach for the Kavango-Zambezi-Transfrontier Conservation Area, a five country and public-private sector initiative in southern Africa to create a world class tourism destination. Her projects involve extensive traveling and working experience in southern, eastern and western Africa. She works in German, English and French.