Semira is founder and CEO of Soraya-Kandan. She was born in Iran and grew up in Germany and Great Britain. She studied psychology, speech communication, philosophy and sociology in Germany and the USA. As speaker and author, she addresses communication and diversity as well as leadership, organization, and innovation across cultures. Since 1994, she has developed and coached leaders, consulted organizations on internationalization and transformation, and trained multipliers. In 1997, she founded her consultancy in Mannheim. Today, she works worldwide with many international colleagues and partnering institutions.
Semira has a deepend expertise in dialogical leadership, leveraging cultural diversity for innovation and development of organizations, teams, and leaders and digital collaboration.
Her approach supports her clients resourcefulness in creative solution crafting. Her core method is dialogue. She adapts a multitude of methods including embodiment, constellations, interactional and relational reflections.
Gestalt, systemic group dynamics, dialog method, intercultural communication, group analytic supervision, hypno-systemic counselling with Gunther Schmidt, systemic structural constellations with Dr. Matthias Varga von Kibéd, Advanced Course in systemic organizational consulting with Dirk Baecker, Fritz Simon und Rudi Wimmer (MZ-Witten, Berlin), Masterclass Workshop „Helping“ with Edgar Schein.
Coaching is art. Semira´s work roots in organization development, social constructivism and systems theories. She integrates these in her concepts and methods with dialogic approaches to leadership, diversity and organizational transformation. Her clients appreciate substance. Buzz words do not impress them. They are experienced managers, executives, board members, human resource managers, consultants or young leaders who are not looking for patent remedies or the latest hype. What they want is a sparring partner for reflection: someone who can quickly grasp the perspectives and needs of the various players, yet at the same time maintains the professional distance required to offer a “stranger’s” point of view.