Who We Are
At bridgingpositions, we believe that the only way to truly master complex challenges is to overcome fragmentation and bridge positions between individuals, groups, organizations, sectors, systems, communities and cultures, as well as between different perspectives, opinions and attitudes.
For this we craft tailor-made interventions.
We work in partnership with our clients and partners in an agile and fluid manner, based on mutual respect, trust and effective communication.
Our actions are centered on the belief that bridges can be built.
We never give up making waves for peace.
Being and being inspired by the crazy ones,
we are crazy enough to make your quest our quest.
Knowing this sad, crazy, beautiful world as it is,
we know in order to reach breakthrough,
we have to venture through the unknown.
For that we craft the compass,
and design the route to elegant action.
Over the past two decades, Julian has worked as a consultant, coach and facilitator in the fields of change management and organizational and leadership development, as well as in conflict and peace transformation. His greatest professional propulsion is his work as a transformation catalyst, supporting individuals, groups, teams and organizations in a quest to discover themselves, their higher purpose, their full potential and their vocation at the deepest possible level. Julian is a specialist in designing, developing and facilitating change processes. He applies co-creation at the team, organizational, inter-organizational, cross-sector and societal levels to help complex problems be managed collectively.
He believes that there is good in every human being; his motto is: never stop making waves for peace.
Vittoria has been working in the field of change management for over 25 years. She is a whirlwind of innovation and loves to use creative tools to turn a question on its head and to find new perspectives and possibilities. She is an expert in creative leadership and cultural development. Her broad experience and warm personality allow her to move around different industries and cultures with ease. Vittoria’s interests, passions and competencies centre around building thriving communities: ones in which each individual can develop his or her talents and passions. These can then manifest themselves in elegant actions, in activities which are coordinated across the system and are designed to bring forward mindful, meaningful and sustainable solutions. Vittoria makes a real impact and contributes a deep knowledge of transformational processes and her natural gift with people. She understands systems that are going through changes and how to work with them.
During his whole professional career – starting with various positions as development consultant, HR business partner and director for development & change in a large German retail companies, to Head of Change Management at BASF, to Vice president for development & change at BASF – Justus has had the privilege of building deep expertise in implementing real change by designing high impact change architectures that support and stimulate individuals, leaders and organizations along their professional and personal growth journeys – in a nutshell, developing excellent people for business success.
Justus’s way of working is based on concepts that are strongly linked to systemic thinking, dialog-oriented approaches and his ability to find pragmatic solutions. Customers, partners and employees greatly enjoy working with him because of his unique combination of experience-based competence and his easy-going, joyful and inspiring personality.
Johannes has a master’s degree in physics and is currently training as a facilitator and catalyst. He is a Munich native and lives there. He is designing a new place for German and international students to live together, share their cultures with each other and form a peaceful and diverse community. He learnt to guide co-creations while working on this project and in working as a Junior catalyst with bridgingpositions.
Oliver is a qualified architect, and for the past 20 years he has been a consultant and catalyst. His focus is on complex facilitation techniques and team and organizational development, as well as strategic development topics. In addition, he leads training courses in facilitation, teambuilding and intercultural management for a number of companies and NGOs in Europe and Asia. He works out of Indonesia where he lives with his family.
Alessandro has always been involved in the field of innovation. He loves the arts and all expressions of life that bring us into intimate connection with our being.
He studied architecture and then specialized in counselling and art-based learning. He integrates the generative spirit of art with the concreteness of consulting. In his work he likes to connect art with the challenges that people are facing. Alessandro believes that human beings possess infinite resources and that art is a way that allows us to tap into them more easily.
By combining emotions and innovation, Alessandro supports people, teams and organizations during phases of change, helping them to co-create new ideas until they reach fruition while overcoming the obstacles and resisting the beliefs that stop meaningful changes being made.
Dr. Ole-Ronkei Morompi, Ph.D.
bridgingpositions East Africa
Dr. Ole-Ronkei is lead facilitator and coordinator of the Kenya National Prayer Breakfast movement. He is a seasoned leadership consultant with broad communications and networking skills. Earlier in his life, he served with Compassion International in various senior positions in Africa and in the US. The scope of his work covers Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Ole-Ronkei holds a Ph.D. in Communications and an Interdisciplinary Masters in Journalism, Political Science and Social Anthropology. Ole-Ronkei was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Daystar University, Nairobi, where he also worked as a consultant with the World Bank.
In the past few years, Dr. Ole-Ronkei has served on 14 different Boards. In addition to chairing the Taita Taveta University Council, among others, he currently sits on the Boards of Living Water International, Africa, the Olare Orok & Motorogi Conservancy Trust in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Hand-in-Hand Foundation, UK.
In 2018, along with 13 other eminent Kenyans, Dr. Ole-Ronkei was appointed by the President of Kenya to serve in a Special Taskforce, named “Building Bridges to Unity,” to advise the President and former Prime Minister on ways to bring about permanent peace in the Republic of Kenya.
Celia is a UK registered Integrative Psychotherapist based in London. She brings together concepts and ideas from the Humanistic and Psychodynamic traditions. Celia has worked in Community Mental Health Centres and NHS Hospitals in Central London. She has extensive experience working with anxiety, low self-esteem, relationships, loss, and cross-cultural issues. Our lives have become increasingly busy and stressful as we try to negotiate our career goals and relationships. Having a safe space in which to reflect and explore these important life issues is becoming of primary importance. Next to her work as a Catalyst, Celia has an online and in-person private practice in central London.
Dr. Markus Armbruster
Markus is a chemist, economist, visual facilitator and certified professional systemic facilitator. His work benefits from over a decade’s expertise in corporate, business and innovation strategy which he gained in leadership positions at BASF, Clariant (Süd-Chemie) and Dottikon Exclusive Synthesis. Markus loves to combine elements of classical strategy work with a systemic method that allows teams to develop strategies jointly. This unique co-creative approach led him to develop a visual facilitation concept, which makes the co-creative strategy process effective, efficient and playful. In particular, it triggers a more effective implementation, as the participants have already taken an active role in the co-creative strategy work. Markus has a passion for guiding teams in new technological fields and for going beyond boundaries. Markus has worked for over a decade in strategy and facilitation work, mainly with top executives and board members.
Claudia is an expert in Human Resources with over 20 years of experience with international organizations. She has experienced “growth phases” as well as “crisis situations” in large companies and has learned to cope with both scenarios from an HR standpoint. She has a strong background in some strategic HR-area like performance management, succession planning, compensation systems, and organizational development.
She is very passionate about supporting start-ups and scale-ups in Europe and Africa.
Reto is an entrepreneur with over a decade’s experience as the founder and owner of two law firms (in Switzerland and in Germany). He is an experienced, university-qualified mediator and has many years of experience in analyzing problems and mediating groups of all sizes in the industrial, public and private sectors. Reto is an expert at finding solutions, at trying out innovative paths with his clients and achieving what seems impossible. The tried and tested techniques he uses in his mediations are adapted specially for working in the field of innovation and working with challenging groups during change processes. Reto has been elected Justice of the Peace (Friedensrichter) in the Canton of Zurich and is the president of the 131 Justices of the Peace in the Canton of Zurich. In his roles as lawyer, mediator and Friedensrichter, he uses visual and mediation facilitation techniques in his work. This allows him to express his clients’ views in a visual language that is easy to understand. The applied mediation methods he uses are effective at triggering creative, innovative and coordinated solutions in conflicts. Reto speaks six languages and works with international clients.
Starting as project manager, Ami developed as internal trainer and consultant for project management, change management and soft skills at a HR department. She has been working since 2005 as a change consultant, trainer and coach for various organizations, NGOs, and public administrations. As a coach, she gives support to experienced managers in recognizing their full potential, finding their vision and mission.
Jeff retired from the United States Army after a three-decade career as a combat arms officer. In his final posting as the Deputy Commanding General in Afghanistan, Jeff lead negotiations with the Islamic Resistance Fighters and brokered stability and reconstruction with Southern Pashtun tribal leaders, political parties and governors.
In 2014 Jeff Co-Founded AudeõTeam, “To Dare”, a consulting partnership dedicated to building bold and innovative teams focused on achieving measurable results on intractable problems. As a professional military officer, Jeff commanded at every level in elite unconventional units in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. In over eight combat tours he had an opportunity to work with multi-national global defense services, humanitarian foundations, and political organizations involved in crisis resolution, infrastructure rebuilding, and commercial investment.
He brings this experience to multicultural corporations, worldwide government organizations, and grass-root conflicted parties desiring sustainable strategies for growth and stability. Jeff works from NYC but considers himself a global nomad on a journey to understand alternative positions or perspectives.
pictomind has a clear purpose: “We unleash the potential of groups to make our planet a better place” and empower groups to co-create and implement their strategy, enable teams to turn project challenges into joint successes, open new perspectives, make crowds understand and emotionalizes results.
To effectively and efficiently achieve the goals, pictomind offers a unique combination of classical strategy and innovation process elements, an agile approach, business mediation, elements from design thinking and graphical visualization methods. To trigger a sustainable impact, pictomind applies a systemic facilitation approach that is especially adapted to the scientific and technical industry.
SAI – Strategic Applications International
Strategic Applications International (SAI) builds capacity to acquire the appropriate resources to help an organization meet or fulfill its mission. They help build an organization’s infrastructure – They assess the organization’s ability to obtain and manage different funding sources and we press to be sure the funding sources and capacity are appropriate to the mission.
Their mission, to pursue great ideas, promote action, and effect change with demonstrated results, reflects their commitment to setting new standards in innovative program development, implementation, and evaluation, whether for clients big and small, both in the United States and abroad. They facilitate processes that foster creativity and imagination and then anchor the vision in practical programs and policies.
Methodos is a management consulting company established in 1979, in Milan, Italy. In April 2018, Methodos Group took over the European stage, unifying Methodos Italy, Methodos France, the German firm Point B, and the Methodos startup Digital Attitude. In April 2019, the Group grew with the launch of a new startup, Accompany. An international team of 60+ passionate people with different backgrounds ranging from economics to humanities, from design to architecture, from data analysis to coding. Diversity is the winning recipe to deal with human cultural change. The competitive advantage for our clients is: build the most effective mindset, culture and behaviors, consistent with organization vision and strategy. Foster the awareness, involvement and activation of leaders, employees and external stakeholders to face their challenges effectively. Develop a leadership culture and an environment for change. Bring organizations towards new ways of working.
Dirk has been a professional facilitator and change agent since 1990. He studied business administration in Germany (Uni Köln), in the UK (London School of Economics) and in France (École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Paris). Dirk uses our fully established and qualified partner network for large conferences (up to 500 participants) and enjoys working closely with trusted specialized consultants on specific issues. Dirk is currently based in Cologne, Germany, where he lives with his wife and children.
Matt Clarke specializes in bringing together diverse parties and enabling collaboration in complex business situations. Over his career, he has worked with some of the world’s largest companies, facilitating collaborations between businesses, governments, academics and social enterprises, addressing some of the greatest challenges facing the world today; including energy, finance, food and wellbeing.
He also is a co-founding trustee of The Friends of Baale Mane, a social enterprise providing a loving home near Bangalore, India for girls who do not have parents able to care for them.
For the past 20 years, Andreas has been supporting people and organizations to connect on a global level. He has worked as a trainer, coach and consultant in the areas of global leadership development, intercultural change management and personal growth.
His academic background has taken him from Germany to Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, resulting in a bachelor’s degree in business economics, a diploma in tourism management and an MBA in International Management Consulting. A systemic training as a life and business coach for personal development (‘psychology of change’) adds to his professional background. As a strategic management consultant, he has led infrastructure projects in over 15 countries (Europe, Americas, Middle East, Asia).
For the last thirty years, Chris has worked on commercial projects with leaders around the world, trying to answer the following question: how do you set up and lead teams capable of finding surprising ways forward through seemingly intractable challenges? Two things have stemmed from this work: teams that are excited about delivering the response they have created to the challenges they face, and leaders with a new set of skills for creating the conditions for innovative action to happen through the teams they lead.
After reading History at Cambridge, Chris started his career with Bain & Co in London, then developed his commercial skills over 15 years in line roles for a variety of businesses, from start-ups to global corporations such as Boots the Chemists and Capital One. For the last 15 years, Chris has been consulting with leaders on live projects, showing them step by step how to release the creative potential of a team through being able to hold the tension of not-knowing so long that it hurts! Chris lives in England with his wife, Diana.
For the last 17 years, Michael has worked as a consultant and coach in the field of change and leadership development. His passion is to support individuals, teams and organizations to discover their unique purpose and to release their creative potential. Exploring different consciousness practices, Michael has inquired into how Native American wisdom traditions can support individuals and teams in transformational change. He holds a degree in industrial engineering and started his working life at the University of Technology in Vienna (Austria) as an assistant professor in the field of leadership and organizational theory. His dissertation was on planning methods in the consultancy business. For over fifteen years, Michael was in leadership positions in large international organizations. He trained in coaching, systemic constellations, Appreciative Inquiry and change management, and became self-employed in 2001, focusing his work on creativity, leadership and cultural change. He has two grown-up children and lives just outside Vienna with his wife.