The team.

Helping people work more effectively internationally.

Jeff aristy

Bob dignen

Dale coulter

Madeleine stapel

Dan marsh

Amidu njiemoun

Louise jefferies

Luis gonzales

Natalija hellesoe

Nicole anzinger

Patricia de griese

Andra würtenberg

Karen dennis​

Jeff aristy.

MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP COACH, FIERCE CONVERSATION TRAINER

Jeff is the founder and managing director of Big Apple Business. In the 17 years that he has been working as a coach and consultant, he has worked with numerous organisations operating in large variety of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals and banking. His coaching focus is largely centred on international leadership, facilitating international team workshops and developing cross-border and cross-cultural communication.

In addition to his work at the Big Apple, Jeff works with graduate students at Munich’s Technical University (TUM), helping them shape and communicate their ideas for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Dan marsh.

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION SKILLS COACH

Dan's career as a business English trainer spans 20 years. He has worked for companies from a variety of industries in the UK, Kazakhstan, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. His work has included planning, designing and delivering tailor-made intensive courses for executives and business skills workshops for larger groups.

Dan also specialises in the art of effective presentations. He focuses on rhetorical usage and practical exercises that help training clients craft impactful presentations and to argue their ideas convincingly.

Bob dignen.

C-SUITE COACH,
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TRAINER

Bob is the managing director of ILP. He is an international coach, trainer and author in the field of international leadership development to global corporates. He provides international leadership coaching to those in C-suite positions and senior executive roles, to leaders of international projects and managers on talent programmes. His work also includes facilitation of project (kick-off) meetings and the running of international team-building sessions.

Bob writes and publishes extensively in the field of international communication. Some of his books include: Leading International Projects, Kogan Page, Communication for International Business, Harper Collins and Managing Projects, DELTA Publishing.

Amidu njiemoun.

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION SKILLS COACH

Amidu is an author, a CELTA certified Business English trainer and holds a degree in psychotherapy. He has worked as a communication trainer in Vancouver, Capetown, Los Angeles and London. In this career, Amidu has supported many clients including BMW, Bosch, Siemens and Uni Credit.

Dale coulter.

INTERNATIONAL TEAM BUILDING,
FIERCE CONVERSATIONS TRAINER

Dale, who is an Associate Director of York Associates, is a leadership and communication skills trainer confident working through English and Italian. His expertise lies in supporting people to understand the success factors for cross-border collaboration. He is an advanced coach / practitioner for Team Management Profile, and a licensed coach / practitioner for Fierce Conversations.

Dale also publishes in the field of professional communication and is a contributor to various journals and magazines.

Nicole anzinger.

NEW WORK AGILE LEADERSHIP COACH​

Nicole is an international leadership and change management coach, helping individuals, teams and organizations change and develop. Her expertise lies in making individuals and organizations adopt more agile ways of leadership and consciously design new ways of collaboration.

For more than 15 years, Nicole has worked with leaders and international management teams to increase their team agility and to implement changes from the people side.

Louise jefferies.

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINER

Louise has been teaching Business English for 20 years, working with companies such as Allianz, Hexal, Philip Morris and BMW. She has designed course materials and works primarily with small groups and individuals. She works extensively in developing the confidence of her learners and has developed a number of training techniques including ‘’emotional grammar” to support professionals in their English language communication.

Madeleine stapel.

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINER

Madeleine has been working as a trainer and coach for 15 years. She has worked in a number of countries including the USA, Japan, Egypt and now Germany. In addition to Business English, Madeleine has a strong background in medical English and extensive experience using various learning technologies and tools to create positive learning outcomes for her clients. In addition to her work with Big Apple, Madeleine also teaches at the University of Applied Sciences and the International School of Management in Munich.

Natalija hellesoe.

CHANGE FACILITATOR

Before becoming a certified trainer and agile coach, Natalija spent many years in human resources, focusing on employee development. Natalija now supports HR departments and team leaders as a change facilitator. Among her many areas of expertise, Natalija specialises in agile methods, agile leadership and conflict resolution. 

Andra würtenberg.

FIERCE CONVERSATIONS TRAINER

Papua New Guinea and Australia are just some of the places Andra called home growing up. Andra has now been training in Germany with companies and universities since 2006, specialising in technical and medical English. As a certified art therapist, Andra applies creative methods into her trainings and coaching.

Tanja frisch.

CLIENT SUPPORT

Tanja has worked for Big Apple for 5 years as a customer service representative. She has a strong background in finance (12 years with Phillip Morris in Switzerland) and has played a major role in the development of an internal training program for finance departments. At Big Apple Tanja's responsibilities include scheduling and organising training projects. She is often the first point of contact for our customers. Tanja is also currently studying psychology at LMU in Munich.

Patricia de griese.

CHANGE MANAGEMENT, FIERCE CONVERSATIONS TRAINER

Patricia de Griese, educated in the US, UK, Germany and Argentina, has extensive experience in designing and delivering workshops and seminars. She has worked as a certified trainer, facilitator and coach with many organizations around the world in the corporate and public sectors for over 20 years, including: Bayer, Audi, BMW, Alstom, Postbank, and many others. Patricia's main areas of focus include the development and implementation of interactive and brain-friendly workshops as well as individual and group coaching on topics such as leadership skills, conflict management, intercultural awareness, change management and team development.

Chia suan song.

FIERCE CONVERSATIONS TRAINER

Born and raised in Singapore, Chia speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese. In the course of her career as a communications trainer, she has worked for several major international corporations such as BMW and Generali. Chia now works with clients providing them with crucial skills for efficient communication. She specialises in intercultural competence, critical thinking, virtual communication and presentation skills. Chia is an accredited Fierce Conversations trainer and author of "Successful International Communication.’’ She also a regular contributor EtonX and the British Council.

Luis gonzales.

MASTER FIERCE CONVERSATIONS TRAINER

Luis Gonzáles is a global communications consultant, coach, and facilitator, with more than 20 years of experience consulting and training for global corporations. He has successfully managed initiatives for organizations that encompass cultural assessment, systemic change, and training for employees worldwide. He works closely with CEOs, leadership teams, and Human Resources departments, positively impacting business outcomes through effective communication in global, multi-cultural settings. Luis’ expertise is International Business Communication, Multicultural and Global Team Building, Managing Global Teams, and Cross-cultural Competency. His regional expertise: India, Latin America, US and Canada.

Karen dennis.

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINER

Karen is a certified public accountant and business English trainer. She has worked as an auditor for KPMG and as a financial manager for an international pharmaceutical company. Karen specialises in English trainings with a focus on accounting, decision-oriented accounting, financial resources management, tax, risk analysis and business strategy.

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