Vassilis Antonas, Director
Executive Coach, Psychotherapist, Organisational Development Consultant and
Course Director of Impact’s Diploma in Executive Coaching and Organisational Development (AADCT), globally the first Coaching Training to receive Accreditation from the Association for Coaching. Vassilis is the author of Coaching for Impact: The Evolution of Leadership, published by Routledge in 2017.
He has consulted for over 60 Greek and Multinational companies, delivering tens of thousands of consultation hours to leaders from all functions and industries. Clients include Microsoft, Alcon, Nike, NN, Unilever, Mondelez and more.
From 1998 to 2001, he worked for the British NHS and served as Clinical Director for CAP London from 2001 to 2006, at which point he returned to Greece and founded Impact. His vision is to craft the circumstances for pursuing excellence for individuals and organisations: Directly, by offering Executive Coaching and Organisational Development services and indirectly through the Diploma.
Vassilis is also a composer, a martial arts instructor, a free diver, former motorsport driver and devoted world traveller.
Professor Renos K. Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Diploma Facilitator
Renos Papadopoulos is Professor of Analytical Psychology and Director of the ‘Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees’, also, a member of the ‘Human Rights Centre’, of the ‘Transitional Justice Network’ and of the ‘Armed Conflict and Crisis Hub’ all at the University of Essex, as well as Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. He is a practising Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist, Jungian Psychoanalyst and Organisational Consultant. As consultant to the United Nations and other organisations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. He offers specialist training and organisational consultancy internationally, and his writings have appeared in fifteen languages. Recently, he has been given Awards by the European Family Therapy Association for Life-time ‘Outstanding contribution to the field of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice’, by the University of Essex for the best ‘International Research Impact’, and by two Mexican Foundations for his ‘exceptional work with vulnerable children and families in Mexico’.
Dr. George Diakonikolaou, Associate
George Diakonikolaou is the Managing Director of “Project Management Coach” LTD, delivering services to business clients in the fields of Project Management, Leadership, Coaching and Organisational Development. His clients include companies such as Cosmote, Romtelecom, Vestas, ENEL, EDF etc. George is a visiting Faculty, teaching Project Management in the International MBA in Athens and Brunel Business School, MBA in London as well as Bradford Business School. He has received his First Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in National Technical University of Athens and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. George is the co-founder of the Greek Chapter of the Project Management Institute, a Certified Project Management Professional and a founding member of the Hellenic Coaching Association. He is also an NLP Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP & Time Line Therapy®, a Master Practitioner of Hypnosis and an NLP Master Coach.
Currently, George is experimenting with the integration of Coaching, Organisational Development and Project Management in a field that he likes to refer as “Project Coaching”, an integrated model that achieves groundbreaking results in Strategic Projects, Programs & Portfolios, and executive teams’ performance.
George is a 2010 Diploma Alumnus.
Ana Rhodes Castro, Diploma Facilitator
Ana is an organisational consultant, trainer, therapist and executive coach. For the last 10 years, she has worked as a trainer and facilitator with individuals and groups in diverse settings ranging from the Findhorn Eco village in Scotland, UK, USA, Italy and Spain to Universities in Latin America, where she has taught conflict facilitation, leadership skills and peace studies.
She has trained in a variety of personal and organisational development skills including Process Orientated Psychology, Appreciative Inquiry, Conflict Facilitation, Applied skills for sustainable social and culture change, Leadership and confidence building, Outcome Mapping, Supervision and Executive Coaching.
From 2009 to 2013, she worked for the Findhorn Foundation, as HR Manager and then (2009) as CEO. During this time she also run her own consultancy business “Inspired Action” working with different client groups including cross-cultural education. She facilitates groups of up to 300 people in processes of socio cultural and organisational change, using tools that support diversity and deep democracy.
She deeply believes in cross sector engagement so she works with the corporate world, civic society and NGOs.
One of her greatest passions involves maximizing the inherent potential of individuals, groups and organisations in a way that is supportive and enhances natural leadership.
Tereza Venetsanou, Director of Training and Business Development
Organisational Development and Business Transformation Consultant, Executive Coach and NLP Master Practitioner. Originally from a marketing background, Tereza has held leadership positions in multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Vodafone Global Enterprises and Wind. Currently, she is leveraging her corporate experience paired with coaching skills to consult and advise senior business leaders in the creation of state-of-the-art business models and solutions. Whilst supporting Impact through a combination of business development, training and coaching expertise, she is also supporting Vodafone Partner Services as a Sales Transformation Consultant.
Her focus has always been to drive and accelerate sales and business performance through people. She is as competent in generating marketing plans and supporting strategic priorities as she is in coaching senior leaders and building strong teams. During her career, she won numerous awards for extraordinary achievements and has a track record for successfully implementing transformational initiatives both at Vodafone Global Enterprises and at Microsoft. Her vision is to empower teams and individuals to reach their full potential within their business context.
She is a mother of two, devoted in personal development, constant learning and travelling.
Tereza is a 2019 Diploma alumna.
Suzanne Ferreira, Diploma Facilitator
Suz is a Physiotherapist (BPhysT – Cum Laude), a Pilates Instructor (APPI), an Acupuncturist (ACCP), a Movement Specialist, a Business Coach (IMPACT & Gestalt), a Sports Massage Therapist and the Founder of SFStudioslondon.
She has worked with patients and clients over the last 20 years including 13 years in her own practice. She initially qualified as a Physiotherapist in South Africa and has ever since expanded her career (knowledge, application and dedication) in the UK and Europe.
She is whole-heartedly devoted to improving people’s overall health and well-being; thus the wide ranging studies and experience set out above. Suz bucks the modern trend of (over) specialisation, and believes in a holistic approach to well-being. She believes that our three systems (mental, physical and emotional/spiritual) all play a fundamental role in how we live our daily lives and works with people across all sectors, individuals and groups, to promote well being and anchoring.
She loves the combination of hands-on therapy, talk therapy (coaching), and movement therapy to help heal her clients and to help them to perform optimally.
Suz has an outgoing, dynamic personality, she is passionate about nature, art, culture and absolutely loves sport, both as a spectator and as a performer. She has a natural talent to connect with people and make them feel comfortable and favours a direct and honest approach.
She leads SFStudios in London, runs retreats in France and has scheduled retreats in Greece for 2020. She works with clients world-wide and still has a very close connection to her roots, South Africa.
Suz is a 2016 Diploma alumna.