Our Tutors

Martin Tonko

ICF certified professional Executive Coach – Background and Industry Experience

Focus: improving leadership effectiveness and transition to next career level (e.g. VP to C-level); one-on-one, 100% confidential.

Education, Publications and Professional Affiliations

Martin holds a PhD in Life Sciences/Molecular Genetics and a MAS in Knowledge Management. He is a Certified Systemic Coach, an ICF certified Erickson Certified Professional Coach, a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach (individuals and teams), a Global Team Coaching Institute certified Team Coaching Foundations Coach and a Franklin Covey Leadership Facilitator; he is also WPB5 and GLA360 certified.

Martin worked as a scientist, a science manager, and as an executive in different leadership positions, including; Head of Science and Knowledge Management (Medical University Innsbruck), Head of Research and Innovation (Private Medical University Salzburg), CEO (Clinical Research Center Salzburg), General Manager (International Economic Senate, Presidency Prof. Mohammed Yunus), Chief Strategy Officer (GIZ KSA), Academic Vice Dean (Technical Trainers College Riyadh) and Director International Cooperation and Business Development (AlKhaleej Training and Education, KSA).

Executive Coaching session topics

  • Analysis of your situation, your role, challenges, stakeholder, network
  • Analysis of your future options, next steps
  • Stakeholder interviews, debriefing of existing assessments, outside perspectives
  • Definition of areas for improvement & leadership development
  • Leadership branding
  • Strategic network development


As an executive coach, Martin coaches senior executives globally, with a special focus on Saudi Arabia and GCC. E.g., senior executives at Saudi Ministry of Health, Saudi Food & Drug Authority, Saudi Monetary Authority, Saudi Capital Market Authority, Saudi Military Industry, Marafiq, Tawuniya, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, PwC and Porsche.

Background and Industry Experience

Before focusing exclusively on executive coaching, Martin worked as a scientist, a science manager, a consultant and as an executive in different leadership positions, including; Head of Science and Knowledge Management (Medical University Innsbruck), Head of Research and Innovation (Private Medical University Salzburg), CEO (Clinical Research Center Salzburg), General Manager (International Economic Senate, Presidency Prof. Mohammed Yunus), Chief Strategy Officer (GIZ KSA), Academic Vice Dean (Technical Trainers College Riyadh) and Director International Cooperation and Business Development (AlKhaleej Training and Education, KSA).

Dina Schmid

As a certified etiquette consultant and public speaking coach, Dina Schmid has been empowering others to present themselves with confidence in business and social settings for over five years. In addition to holding certification from the prestigious American School of Protocol, she has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and is a certified life coach. She also has experience living overseas. She is the founder and owner of Queen City Etiquette LLC.

She offers:

  • One-on-one Public Speaking and Executive Presence Coaching
  • Interview Preparation Coaching
  • Personal Branding and (American) Business Etiquette: One-on-One Coaching and Group Programs
  • Public Speaking Group Classes
  • Storytelling for Business
  • American and European Business and Formal Dining Etiquette
  • Advanced Business English

Arancha Gayoso

Arancha is a Learning & Development specialist and an expert in adult learning face-to-face and distance learning (one to one and groups). As an international HR consultant with over 20 years of international experience in 4 continents and a regular trainer at several Business Schools, she specialized in soft skills, HR training and managerial experience.

Arancha has Bachelor´s in Semitic Philology, Bachelor´s in Psychology, MIB (Master´s in Internet Business), MBA (Master´s in Business Administration), Master´s in Commercial Management and International Marketing, Master´s in Executive Coaching; Executive Coach; accredited by MBTI, BELBIN Team Roles and Enneagram; specialist in Coaching with NLP and Emotional Intelligence; Accredited Synergologist; Certified in Systemic Management and Organisational Constellations; Certified in Non-verbal communication and Evaluating Veracity and Credibility; Certified in Emotional Analysis and Lie Detection

She Offers


  • Nonverbal Communication for Leaders and Negotiators
  • Leadership and People Management
  • Advanced negotiation skills
  • Conflict Management skills
  • Teamwork and Team building


  • Understanding and recovering from trauma and grief
  • How to use Emotional Intelligence to improve our life and work environment
  • Coaching and mentoring for employees and Personal improvement skills (such as work-life balance and stress management).

Sebastian Elliot, CAIA®, FRM®

Sebastian started his career as a bond and foreign-exchange trader at the Atlantic Bank of New York, in NYC. Throughout his tenure, Sebastian traded sovereign bonds (using futures and options contracts) from across the world, as well as various foreign currencies. He rose to become the most senior trader in the bank. Next, Sebastian moved to Bank Leumi Investment Services, Inc., where he traded corporate bonds and stocks. He rose to become an investment product specialist, advising every financial advisor in the broker dealership and several high and ultra-high/net worth clients.

Next, Sebastian became a senior research analyst at a single-family office, advising a client family on over $600 million in assets. His next job saw him as a portfolio manager and adviser, managing investments for a client with over $100 million in assets. Sebastian has also worked with different Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) around the United States and has trained dozens of financial professionals around the world.

Sebastian is a Chartered Alternative investment Analyst (CAIA®) Charter holder and a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM®). He is also a level 3, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) candidate. Sebastian holds a Bachelors of Arts (Hons) in Economics from the University of Essex in England, has a Masters of Arts in Law from City University, in London, England and is a qualified English lawyer, (Barrister-at-law). He also has previously passed 5 license exams in the US; the Series 7, 63, 65, 86 & 87.

He offers:

  • Investment management
  • Asset Management
  • Alternative Investments
  • Options
  • Fundamental Analysis
  • Technical Analysis
  • Trading
  • Wealth Management
  • CAIA, levels 1 & 2
  • FRM, Part 1 & 2
  • CFA, Level 1

Surendra Barsode

Qualification- Master of Commerce followed by Ph. d. In Risk Management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai
Professional Qualification- Financial Risk Manager (FRM-GARP)-2004, Chartered Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers India (CAIIB)- 1996

Work Experience

– As a commercial banker covering various areas of banking – 20 years

– a Risk Management Consultant covering various areas of credit, market, operational and liquidity risks as also regulatory compliance- 5 years

– As a Risk Management professional- 10 years in various banks in MENA region

Teaching experience

Have been conducting various seminars on Risk areas covering Basel regulatory guidelines and other risk management topics

Taught for FRM and CFA courses for over 3 years

He offers:

  • Individual coaching for FRM and CFA exams
  • Coaching on various specific areas of financial risk management – Risk Management in Banks and Financial Institutions. Credit risk, Counterparty Credit risk, Treasury Risk, Derivatives and risk management, Operational Risk, Liquidity risk etc

Saif Rahman

Saif started his career in Finance with PWC where he worked as Audit Senior and then moved to work for industry, he has been associated with prestigious organisations as Dubai Investments PJSC as group financial analyst and has been associated with large multinationals like Aspen Pharmaceuticals and Danone.

Saif is qualified CA ( Chartered Accountant) , CIMA (UK), ACCA (UK) , CPA ( US & AUS) , CFA. Saif did his masters in economics from Oxford University and MBA in Finance from Oxford Brookes University.

Saif is currently pursuing Masters in AI from RMIT University.

Saif has been associated with multiple institutes and universities where he has taught courses for CFA, CPA, CMA, ACCA and CIMA.

He offers:

  • CFA level 1 & 2
  • CPA
  • CMA
  • ACCA
  • CIMA

Matthias Beige

Professional Executive Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Psychologist at Proformación S.L. specialized in Leadership and Team Development since 2007. He helps his clients to convert leadership skills into High Performance Habits in order to promote a sustainable and verifiable impact.

Creator of “Transfer®” – The Post-Training Program for skill transference: from training to workplace.
As the Director of Operations he works with companies from the public and private sector – such as Ford Motor Company, Acciona, Cosco Shipping, Cargotec, LM Windpower, Musim Mas, Police, Hospitals, etc. – where he develops together with his team projects in order to improve performance of Leaders and Teams. He also participates in numerous Master Programs in Business Schools, Business Chambers and Universities. Apart from Training activities he dedicates his time to Shadowing and Coaching, HR consultancy especially related to work climate and behavioral issues, with a special focus on Conflict Management.

Education. He holds a M.A. in Psychology from the University Valencia and a Diploma in Psychology from the Technical University Berlin. Furthermore, he holds a Master in Developmental Behavioral Modelling (DBM®). Masters in strategic Problem Solving, Persuasive Communication and Strategic Coaching. Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnosis. Certified Executive Coach by Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching. Certified Global Leader Assessment 360 by Global Coach Group.

Interests. Restless researcher, tireless explorer and constant creator of new approaches, methodologies and processes in order to facilitate measurable changes that last. Furthermore, his deep knowledge and incessant curiosity for behavioral and neurosciences allow him to develop specific and efficient solutions for his clients helping them to achieve higher performance, better problem-solving and more well being Personal. He has German-Swedish nationality, is married and has one daughter. Easily adaptable to multicultural environments due to extensive travel experiences in Europe, Asia and South America and work experiences in Germany, U.K. and Spain. He has been living in Valencia (Spain) since 2001. Fluent in Spanish, English and German.

He offers:

  • Leadership and
  • Team Management
  • Teamwork
  • Conflict Management
  • Motivation
  • Train the Trainers
  • Diversity and Dignity at Work
  • Safety Awareness at Work

Muhammad Saad Riaz

Muhammad has a profound and solid professional background in Accounting, Financial Analysis and Auditing Fields. He has 13+ years of training experience in UAE. He has a unique privilege to be chosen to train 35 Delegates of Saudi Aramco (KSA). In addition to this he has conducted various training in the area of MS Excel for TECOM, CAN PACK Middle East and Americana Quality etc. He was also involved in CFA training project for Al Hilal Bank (Abu Dhabi) where he taught various subject areas to the top management of the bank including CFO, CEO, CRO and other EVPs. Besides this he has conducted CMA training for delegates in Road and transport Authorities Dubai and the Diploma in IFRS training to the employees of ADNEC. He has worked in Naseba, NobleProg, Leoron Institute and Lynchpin in UAE, Bespoke consulting in Pakistan, Excellece Training Centre in Qatar and Knowledge Plus Education in India.

He offers:

  • You 2.0 (Train the trainer)
  • Accounting for non-accountants
  • Finance for Non-Finance
  • Exam-Based Courses
  • Microsoft Office

Prasadi Dangolla

Improving leadership effectiveness and transition into next level in your current career or journey into a new career. Developing and improving on soft skills needed for the workplace.
Education, Publications and Professional Affiliations: Prasadi holds two masters degrees: Master of Arts in Strategic Communications with a concentration in Organizational Communication; and a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations with a concentration Global Health and International Security.

Prasadi works as a Senior Project Manager where she manages advertising for pharmaceutical brands. She has held leadership positions in prominent non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity. She has led and mentored many students and professionals within her roles in higher education at Seton Hall University and Albright College; both four year acccredited Universities.

She offers:

  • One-on-one public speaking and coaching
  • Interview preparation
  • Presentation skills and PowerPoint etiquette
  • Storytelling for Business
  • Personal Branding (American)
  • Leadership and people management
  • Project management and relevant soft skills

Herfa Maitland

Herfa holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science, as well as a masters in Global Affairs. Herfa earned professional certificates in Briefing and Presentation Skills and Constructive Conflict Management. She developed her love for coaching at Let’s Get Ready where she supervised and evaluated volunteer coaches in lesson plan preparation, execution, and overall classroom management. She also coached Math SAT strategies and mentored students throughout their college application process at Let’s Get Ready.

Herfa has experience coaching public speaking methods and strategies to effectively deliver presentations paired with interactive PowerPoint slides to keep the audience engaged. She possesses the ability to conduct mock interviews and provide constructive feedback and strategies to encourage improvement and build confidence. Her Constructive Conflict Management professional certificate positions her to provide key management skills using different situational tactics, negotiation, and creative thinking to resolve disputes within the workplace.

She offers:

  • One-on-one Public Speaking and Structural Interview Strategies
  • Creative and Engaging Powerpoint Design Tips
  • Conflict Management
  • Coaching and mentoring for students and new employees (adjusting to a new environment and work/life balance)
  • College mentoring and personal statement writing for high school students

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