Prof. Dr. George Kohlrieser

George Kohlrieser is an internationally recognised expert on leadership, bestselling author, consultant and motivational speaker. He is  also Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at a Swiss University . He specialises in conflict management, leadership, high performance teamwork, change management and professional development.

American Leadership and Organizational Behavior expert, Best-selling Author, Veteran Hostage Negotiator, Organizational and Clinical Psychologist, Consultant and International Keynote Speaker.

Author of the internationally bestselling books:

- Hostage At The Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Performance
- Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership


Prof. Katherine Xin

Professor Xin, a native of the Chinese mainland, has extensive teaching, research and consulting experience in universities and multinational companies around the world. Katherine Xin is Professor of Management, Bayer Chair in Leadership, Associate Dean (Europe), Co-Director of Hospitality EMBA Programme, Director of Service Excellence and Leadership Learning Lab at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). She holds her Ph.D. from the University of California and was previously on the faculty of the University of Southern California, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Professor Xin specializes in the areas of leadership, organisational culture, change management, and strategic human resource management. She is currently researching how to build high performance culture and how effective performance management can shape people’s mindset and behaviour. She is a frequent contributor to academic and executive conferences and journals. Her research work has appeared in the leading international management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Organisation Studies, Leadership Quarterly, and other publications. Her books Made in China - Secrets of China’s Dynamic Entrepreneurs (2009), Globalisation of Chinese Firms (2009), Five Types of Effective Leaders (2011), Five-Star Model of Talent Development (2014) and Global Expansion- the Chinese Way (2017) received broad attention from executives globally.

In addition to her research and teaching, she is a consultant and workshop leader , and has undertaken assignments for multinational firms such as Acer, Alcatel, Allicanz, BASF, BMW, Bosch, China Mobile, China Steel, China Telecom, Daimler Benz, Ford Motor Company, Fluor Daniel, Interbrew, Inventec, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pacific Bell, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qualcomm, San Miguel, Sony, Toyota, TRW, TSMC, UMC, Baosteel, Baxter and government agencies in the US, HK and the Chinese mainland. She also worked as the marketing director at a high temperature rubber manufacturing company in California, and participated in founding 3 companies.

Author of:
Made in China - Secrets of China's Dynamic Entrepreneurs (2009); Globalization of Chinese Firms (2009). Five-Star Model of Talent Development (2014).


Dr. Robert Straw

Before joining CEIBS, Robert was Head of Talent Management, Leadership and Organizational Development Europe at Oerlikon AG. Prior to joining Oerlikon, he was Director of Education at the Swiss Finance Institute. He has also previously served as Head of Strategy + Operations Consulting at KPMG and worked for 7 years at Credit Suisse in private banking. Robert has also been Professor of Finance at several universities and regularly teaches on the topics of leadership and financial leadership at corporate universities and university executive programmes.

A native of the United States, he completed his undergraduate studies and MBA at the University of Richmond and George Washington University, respectively, in the U.S. and has a PhD in international economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.  Robert has 4 daughters, and enjoys skiing, golf and hiking. He has been working in Europe for 25 years.


Celine van Till

She is an international Para-Dressage athlete who converted to athletics in 2018. She represented Switzerland at international events, notably at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.


She started riding when she was 6 years old. Never ceasing to train in order to seek perfection of movement and elegance of gesture, at the age of 15, his efforts were rewarded with a fine fifth place at the Swiss Junior Championships. The same year, the rider and her mount joined the Swiss Junior team, marking the start of their international career.


In 2008, Celine's fate changed forever. The fall ! Head trauma. Celine remains in a coma for a month: she comes out partially quadriplegic, visually impaired and aphasic. How to live with the spell that was cast on him? With unfailing determination and an unparalleled competitive mentality, it is with her horses that she begins her challenge to come back to life.


Today, alongside hard sports training, she also has to maintain her abilities. However, his goal is to progress! Not very visible, she has difficulty with balance and coordination as her body reacts involuntarily and uncontrollably. She has lost half of her visual field and sees double (in 2D)!


Since 2010, the sportswoman is destined for an ambitious career: she evolves in Grade IV of Para-Dressage. She has competed in two European Championships (Deauville 2015 and Göteborg 2017) and two World Equestrian Games (Kentucky 2010 and Caen 2014). At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, it was with Amanta that she became a Paralympian!


As running became her challenge upon her return, she became passionate about "movement" and learned to coordinate the movement until she crossed the finish line of the 20km de Genève Aéroport one year later!