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Dr. Svea von Hehn | Partner

  • 17 years of experience as a Consultant and top management coach,
    author of several books
  • Diploma and PhD in Psychology 
  • Certifications for MBTI, OPQ, Systemic Coaching and SIY,
    the Google mindfulness program


Dr. Svea von Hehn has been working as a management consultant with focus on transformations, personal development, and strategic HR (e.g., talent and performance management) since 1999. Several international consumer goods and chemical companies, governments and organizations close to the government as well as financial institutions are among her clients throughout the past years. Svea von Hehn worked for McKinsey & Company for 3,5 years, last as project manager. Prior to this position, she acted as deputy director of international consultancy SHL's Hamburg Office.

She holds a PhD and Master-equivalent diploma in Psychology. She is a certified systemic coach (Institute of systemic Management and Coaching, Wiesloch, Germany and Institute for systemic coaching and training, Vienna, Austria). Moreover, she is MBTI- and OPQ-certified. Moreover, she is MBTI- and OPQ-certified and a certified Search Inside Yourself instructor, the Google mindfulness programm. Svea von Hehn lectures at German universities and is author of specialized books and articles. She is speaker at the Meditation Expert conference. At the celebrations of P+P´s 20th anniversary in February 2018 Svea von Hehn talked about Caring Culture and mindfulness.

She is involved with several social projects and was honored by Chancellor Dr. Merkel for her social commitment. Since beginning of 2013 she is partner of “Return on Meaning GmbH“ together with Nils I. Cornelissen and works for clients across Europe and the US. She has one child and lives with her family in Berlin. 

Client experience (selected examples)

  • Designing and facilitating modular leadership development programs and coaching (e.g., soft and interpersonal skills training for an international cosmetics company) and 360-degree workshops for clients in various industries and the public sector (~1,500 leaders trained and coached) 
  • Designing and implementing change management programs including diagnostics (e.g., for an international chemical company and a globally operating European bank)
  • Aligning top teams as part of the corporate strategy process during periods of change (e.g., for government organizations)
  • Designing and facilitating “personal insights” and “inspirational leadership” workshops for various client organizations
  • Designing and implementing gender diversity programs (e.g., for a health insurance company)
  • Designing and implementing talent management processes (e.g., recruiting and development strategies for different organizations)
  • Conducting management audits as assessor (more than 1,500 leaders assessed across industries)




Nils I. Cornelissen | Partner

  • 13 years of experience in top management consulting 
  • Psychologist, sociologist, communication scientist
  • Certification for MBTI, Integrative Coaching, NLP (Trainer DVNLP),
    Future Workshop

Nils I. Cornelissen has been working as a management consultant with focus on transformation and cultural change, strategic HR (e.g., talent and performance management) as well as leadership and communication since 2003. Among his clients are, for example, international media and communication companies, industrial groups as well as consumer goods companies. For almost 10 years, Mr. Cornelissen worked for McKinsey & Company, last as senior expert.

Nils I. Cornelissen holds a Master-equivalent diploma in social and business communication from the University of the Arts Berlin and a Masters degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Edinburgh. He is a certified coach and facilitator (NLP trainer, MBTI, Integrative Coach, Future Workshop Facilitator). Nils Cornelissen has published articles on topics such as talent management and leadership (Harvard Business Manager, Personalwirtschaft, StarkImLeben) and is a lecturer at the Munich Academy for Business Coaching.

He lives in Berlin. Nils I. Cornelissen is involved in projects for social entrepreneurs (e.g., Academy for Visionautik) on a voluntary basis. Since beginning of 2013 he is partner of “Return on Meaning GmbH“ together with Dr. Svea von Hehn (née Steinweg) and works for clients across Europe and South-Africa.

Client experience (selected examples)

  • Developing strategic and fact-based HR and talent management strategies (including diversity & inclusion) and supporting the transformation of HR functions (e.g., at European communication and media companies, several financial institutions) as well as implementing particular HR processes (personnel committees, succession planning, HR planning)
  • Designing and conducting comprehensive action learning programs for top leadership and high potentials (e.g., top 600 of a German consumer goods company, 40 country managers of a global pharmaceutical company, 35 high potentials of a European consumer goods company)
  • Designing, launching, and accompanying cultural change and transformation processes (e.g., branch-oriented change program aiming at giving customer service representatives more time, implementation of a new IT strategy in industrial groups, global purchasing program for a tech company)
  • Moderating top team alignment processes and workshops, usually as part of a new strategy (e.g., for a logistics group, consumer goods company, financial institutions, energy company)
  • Supporting idea generation processes, developing innovation strategies and setting up an innovation academy (for a chemical company and a logistic service provider)
  • Conducting trainings especially for coaching, leadership, effective communication, and change




Claudia Braun Partner

  • 9 years of experience in top management consulting
  • Master-equivalent diploma in International Business Administration
    and Masters degree of Public Administration / Policy
  • Certification for MBSR, MBTI, and coaching

In 2007 Claudia Braun started working as a management consultant with focus on leadership development, cultural change, and strategic HR topics for McKinsey & Company, last as junior project manager. Among her clients were, e.g., several international companies of the telecommunication, high tech, tourism, and banking industry as well as social sector organizations. She works with “Return on Meaning GmbH“ for clients across Europe since February 2013. Since January 2018 she is partner together with Svea von Hehn and Nils Cornelissen.

Claudia Braun holds a Master-equivalent diploma in International Business Administration from the European School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Northeastern University Boston. Moreover, she has a Master of Public Administration with distinction from London School of Economics and a Master of Public Policy from Hertie School of Governance (Master thesis on the difference in motivation between employees in the public and private sector). She held a scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes).
Claudia Braun is a trained coach and MBSR instructor with several advanced trainings, e.g., with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Furthermore she holds a certification for MBTI. She is speaker at the Meditation Expert conference.

Client experience (selected examples)

  • Designing and implementing change management programmes including diagnostics and support in implementing measures (e.g., for a health insurance company post merger, for an IT company )
  • Designing and moderating top team alignment workshops (e.g., for social sector organizations) and team workshops (e.g., for an international industrial coporation)
  • Designing and conducting “inspirational leadership” workshops for various target groups
  • Designing and conducting training programs aimimng at the development of consulting skills, structured problem solving, communication, professional appearance, and coaching clients in various industries
  • Designing and conducting talks, workshops and programs to foster emotional intelligence, self-management/stress reduction via mindfulness for leaders and employees 
  • Developing and implementing the human ressources development strategy as part of a large-scale transformation (for an international high-tech company)
  • Developing and implementing human resources development strategies with focus on change agents to drive a large-scale international transformation (for an international high tech company)
  • Designing and accompanying the transformation of the HR function (e.g., for a telecommunications company)
  • Developing gender diversity & inclusion strategies and programs (e.g., for a bank)




Dr. Frederike Masemann | Senior consultant

  • 8 years of experience in top management consulting
  • Diploma and PhD in communication science
  • broad consulting experience in various industries
    with a focus on communication and leadership

Dr. Frederike Masemann has been working in management consulting since 2010. Her focus of expertise lies on strategy, leadership development, communication and negotiation. Last, she was partner at the owner-managed consultancy Miller & Meier Consulting, which specialises on Public Affairs and Government relations. Among her clients at that time were, e.g., several international companies of the health care, media, and financial services industry as well as governmental institutions, public sector organisations, and NGOs.

Frederike Masemann studied journalism and communication as well as English literature in Germany and Australia. She holds a doctorate degree in social sciences from the University of Hamburg and the London School of Ecomomics and Political Sciences (LSE). Her doctoral thesis on the role of the media for social cohesion received the Werner-von-Melle-Preis in 2011. Frederike held scholarships from the Second German Television (ZDF) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Frederike Masemann volunteers for education programs (e.g. Joblinge) and works as a freelance trainer for the intercultural KIWI project of the CARE foundation. During her partental leave, Frederike co-founded the initiative Diversity@School, bringing intercultural coaching into high schools.

Client experience (selected examples )

  • Strategy development and implementation for international companies from diverse industries on top management level (in German and English).
  • Strategic alignment of Public Affairs acticites for DAX-companies (incl. design and moderation of top team workshops).
  • Designing and conducting training programs aiming at the development of consulting skills, structured problem solving, communication, professional appearance, and coaching clients in various industries.
  • Designing and conducting team coachings and team buildings as well as 1:1 trainings aiming at improving communication skills, team work and constructive feedback culture.
  • Diverse experience in leadership trainings, talent management processes, facilitation of workshops, and moderating multistakeholder teams.



Dr. Arist von Hehn, LL.M. | Senior Consultant, Lawyer

  • 15 years of professional experience including in top management consulting,
    as CEO of an NGO, lawyer and book author
  • Attorney-at-law, Ph.D., Master of International Public Law (LL.M.)
  • Certified mediator, coach for Google’s Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program

Dr. Arist von Hehn has been working as consultant with the focus on strategy, organisation and human resources since 2003. Until 2008 he has been working as consultant and later project manager for McKinsey & Company in Berlin. Among his clients were international companies, governments, public enterprises, universities, as well as non-profit organisations.

In 2006 Arist von Hehn co-founded the non-profit organization Teach First Deutschland GmbH. He was CEO of the organization from 2009 to 2012 with the responsibilities to lead negotiations with the public sector, personnel, fundraising and communication. From 2013 to 2017 Arist von Hehn was Vice President, Strategy and Governance of the global education network Teach For All, based in New York. Since 2014 Arist von Hehn has also been working as a consultant and coach for „Return on Meaning GmbH“. Arist von Hehn lives in Berlin with his family. He studied law in Germany and France, acquired a Master in International Public Law (LL.M.) in Sweden and is an accredited attorney. He is a certified coach and mediator, and Search Inside Yourself (SIY) certified teacher.

Client experience (selected examples )

  • Broad experience in team-coaching, workshop facilitation and trainings in leadership development, including, consulting skills, structured problem-solving, (intercultural) communication, self-management, coaching, and change management (in German and English)
  • Mediation of organisational as well as interpersonal conflicts and 1:1 coachings., negotiation management, moderating public discussions
  • Design and execution of mindfulness workshops
  • Reconstruction after Tsunami and civil war: design and strategy development for Agency for the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Aceh and Nias (BRR), Banda Aceh, Indonesia
  • Project manager of the study “Deutschland 2020” regarding the future perspectives of the German economy including presenting the results to various Federal ministers
  • Benchmarking and set-up of a best-in-class top-leadership management system for a leading European telecommunication company
  • Strategic re-launch of a big German enterprise at local government level (incl. design and implementation of top team workshops).



Barbara Riedenbauer | Senior consultant

  • 12 years of industry experience, 3 years of experience in corporate finance consulting
  • Master-equivalent diploma in international business administration
  • Certifications for Coaching, SIY, the mindfulness program born at Google,

Barbara Riedenbauer is a management consultant with focus on transformation, personal development, and strategic HR (e.g. talent and performance management). She has eleven years of industry experience in a fast growing international packaging and paper company. Her last position was Head of Controlling, leading a team of diverse people and being the interface to various internal and external stakeholders, both nationally and internationally. Prior to this, she worked in Corporate Finance and Audit at one of the Big Four.

Barbara Riedenbauer holds a Master-equivalent diploma in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna. She is a certified coach (Coaching Trigon Entwicklungsberatung, Vienna), certified Search Inside Yourself instructor, the Google mindfulness program, and holds various other certifications in management and facilitation (e.g. from Syst, Munich; Academy of Body Language, Vienna). Barbara lives in Vienna.

Client experience (selected examples)

  • Designing and facilitating team workshop to foster the development of a sustainable company culture.
  • Organising and facilitating workshops on topics around leadership. Founding member of a companywide network for ‘growing leaders’.
  • Designing and teaching mindfulness techniques and approaches to a conscious life, with a focus on integration into business environments.
  • Designing and conducting comprehensive finance trainings internationally (e.g. for a companywide learning and development academy as well as individual production sites).
  • Coaching with focus on personal development, leadership, change management, conflict management, work-life-integration, envisioning, resilience and self management.
  • Designing and implementing onboarding programs for newly hired finance employees.
  • Developing more effective collaboration and communication that extends beyond departmental boundaries.
  • Designing and implementing harmonised processes and systems for financial, capital expenditure and sales controlling over various business segments.
  • Coordinating mergers and liquidations of sales offices.
  • Leading financial integration of acquired companies.
  • Designing of business plans and feasibility studies for strategic investments.



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Frederike Dany | Senior consultant

  • Organizational psychologist (M.A.), systemic coach and musician
  • 16 years of professional experience
  • International public appearances (stage and TV)

Frederike Dany has been working as a freelance management consultant and trainer with focus on leadership development, change management, conflict management, communication and professional conduct and performance for „RETURN ON MEANING GmbH“ since 2015, after she previously worked for the UNU Berlin (Company for Corporate Governance and Succession).

Frederike Dany holds a master degree in Organizational Psychology (M.A., Schumpeter School of Business and Economics Wuppertal) as well as a pedagogical and artistic diploma from the Musikhochschule Lübeck. She held a scholarship of the DAAD and studied in Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin. She is a certified systemic coach (isiberlin).

She has more than 15 years of international experience in performing and presenting on stage and on TV. Furthermore she works on a voluntary basis for social projects, i.e., for the Kindernothilfe in Brazil, Chile, India and Russia.

Client experience (selected examples)

  • Designing and architecting a global change management program to enhance the renewal capacity of a leading industrial player with an implementation via a global facilitator network.
  • Designing and facilitating leadership development programs and workshops for professional conduct and performance as well as coaching workshops (e.g., for the sales and marketing teams of an intern. Telecommunication and media player, for an global automobile manufacturer).
  • Designing and evaluating a 360° leadership feedback process for the leadership team of an intern B2B trading organization to improve their renewal and collaboration.
  • Designing and implementing of a web-based application to accompany measures for leadership development and enhance adult´s learning.
  • Team coachings (e.g., for divisions within an global organization; for cultural organizations).
  • Design of various train-the-trainer concepts (e.g., for an leading European industrial player).
  • Co-design of a talent management toolkit for start-ups and small/medium enterprises to help them to improve their strategic hr processes.



Anne Kübart | Consultant

  • Psychologist (M.Sc., B.Sc.) and communication scientist (B.A.)
  • 5 years of professional experience
  • Broad multidisciplinary project experience

Anne has been a consultant with “Return On Meaning GmbH” with focus on leadership development and cultural transformation. As a communication expert and organizational psychologist, she has a wide range of project experience in various professional domains, among them international companies, health care institutions and academic institutions.

Anne Kübart holds a Master degree in Work and Organizational Psychology (M.Sc., Technical University of Dresden), a Bachelor degree in Psychology (B.Sc., Technical University of Dresden) a well as Bachelor degree in Media and Communication (B.A., University of Augsburg). She held a scholarship of the European Union Erasmus+ programme and studied in Lisbon, Portugal.

Anne Kübart lives in Berlin and is involved in social art projects (Portugal, Germany) and empowerment projects for refugees (Germany) on a voluntary basis.




Tobias Leßmeister | Consultant

  • 6 years of professional experience
  • Philosophy and mathematics (diploma)
  • Broad experience with interdisciplinary projects and as trainer


Tobias Leßmeister works as management consultant with focus on leadership development and cultural change for RETURN ON MEANING. Before joining RETURN ON MEANING in 2018 he had worked in academic philosophy for several years (Free University of Berlin; Columbia University New York; University of Münster). He has collaborated with leading international experts in various fields and is an experienced leader of interdisciplinary workshops, e. g. for stakeholders from the field of policy advice. He holds a master-equivalent diploma in mathematics from the university of Bonn and received a graduate scholarship of the Cusanuswerk (paid by the German government).

Tobias Leßmeister has shown social commitment by leading Socratic discussions with prisoners and doing voluntary work with teenagers from social flashpoints.

Projects (selected examples)

  • Designing and conducting talks and workshops on practical applications of decision theory and behavioral economics
  • Designing und conducting talks and workshops on structured problem-solving and logical argumentation
  • Co-conducting Socratic discussions (coaching method) with prisoners



Christoph Holzhaider | Consultant und facilitator

  • 7 years of professional experience including 3 years in top management consulting
    and 3 years in pharmaceutical industry
  • MA in International Business Administration and BA in Japanese Studies
  • Broad experience in international project management in various industries


Christoph Holzhaider started his career in 2010 as a management consultant with McKinsey. As a consultant he focused on projects in health care, the non profit sector and on recruiting. He then moved on to work with Ashoka, an international network of social entrepreneurs. For Ashoka he consulted with social entrepreneurs and focused on how to scale their work and expand their geographic footprint. Between 2014 and 2018 Christoph worked for Bayer AG in different roles in Global Marketing.

Christoph studied International Business Administration at the University of Economics in Vienna as well as Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna and the University of Osaka in Japan. He speaks English, Spanish and Japanese fluently and has a basic command of Chinese and French.

Christoph regularly joins pro bono projects for non profit organisations where he acts as a consultant for topics including scaling, development of marketing materials and strategies, business plan development, etc.

Client experience and project work (selection)

  • Project lead for several change management projects in the pharmaceutical industry including projects related to compliance, internal communication, collaboration between country and global functions
  • Development and management of innovative recruiting concepts for McKinsey, e.g., consulting projects for social entrepreneurs with university students
  • Development and execution of presentation and communication trainings
  • Setup of non profit organisation in Austria supporting the facilitation of student loans through private individuals who also act as mentors



Sandra Meyer | Consultant

  • Systemic business coach, attorney-at-law
  • 16 years of professional experience
  • Startup experience: Founder and CEO of StorageBook GmbH

Sandra Meyer joined RETURN ON MEANING in the summer of 2017 as a business consultant and facilitator with a focus on management and team development. Previously, she advised the German nonprofit Proboneo on organizational development and the creation of a department matching pro bono legal services with charitable organizations in need of them. Moreover, Sandra supports managers and employees with individual coaching sessions in the areas of career development, career transition, achieving one’s full potential and new business ventures. She holds a certificate in systemic business coaching from the Institut für Systematische Impulse, a training institution accredited by Germany’s governing body for systemic thinking and research. The founder and CEO of the online marketplace for self storage business StorageBook, Sandra has also focused on aspects of entrepreneurship such as innovative approaches, business models and startup culture.

Sandra is a state-licensed lawyer who has conducted legal consulting projects at firms in Vancouver (Thomas & Partners), San Diego (Sullivan, Hill, Lewin, Rez & Engel) and Hamburg (Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek). Her clients have ranged from a variety of sectors – real estate, insurance, food and others – and include both German companies and international players.



Alexander Rogalla | Research assistant

  • Bachelor in Business Psychology (B.Sc.)
  • 3 years of experience in consulting
  • Key areas of focus: verbal und non verbal communication, creativity and innovation

Lisa Schirmaier | Research assistant

  • Studies Intercultural Business Psychology (B.Sc)
  • Main topics: intercultural communication, creativity, problem solving
  • Experiences abroad, e.g. volunteer work in the Philippines


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Petra Reinhard | Office Manager

  • 28 years of professional experience

  • Working in office management since 1998

  • Versatile overseas experience

Petra Reinhard has been working in office management in various industries since 1998 (e.g., for insurance companies, advertising agencies, and artists). Starting 1988 she lived on three continents and in several countries, amongst others in Japan, Egypt, and Indonesia. Last, Petra Reinhard lived in London for three years, where she worked in the German embassy as a freelancer for protocol tasks.

Since 2006 Petra Reinhards has been living in Germany again, more precisely in Zossen (Brandenburg) and is actively involved for Refugee Aid and against right-winged violence in her free time. She has two grown up children.



Christina von der Howen | Finance Manager

  • 21 years of professional experience

  • Chief accountant and assistant tax consultant

  • 3 years of experience as finance manager

Christina von der Howen has been working since 1993 in various auditing and tax consultancies all over Germany. She trained as an assistant tax consultant in Munich and completed the exam as company accountant from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in Cologne. Her expertise of work covers payroll accounting, accounting, financial statements and tax declaration. Lately, she worked as finance manager in a multinational enterprise. As the contact person for government agencies, tax advisors and auditors she accounted for the reporting.

In 2015 Christina von der Howen started to work as finance manager with ROMe.

She has three little sweet children.



Marita Meyer | Office Assistance

  • 30 years of professional experience

  • Craft worker and therapist

  • A variety of international experience

Marita Meyer has worked in various positions (e.g. nurse and co-therapist in a psychosomatic clinic) and largely in her own practice throughout the last 30 years. She has lived in Portugal and Spain.


Since 2007, she lives in Berlin and was inter alia employed in sales and back offices for various industries. Since 2016, Marita Meyer works as an office assistant for the “RETURN ON MEANING GmbH”. Simultaneously, she works as a teacher for creative design on a freelance basis.


She has a child, is engaged in her son’s Waldorf School and is called upon as a lay accessor for criminal cases.



Marina Schmidt | Finance Manager

  • 37 years of professional experience

  • Finance Manager since 1987

  • Self-employment as finance manager from 1996 to 2015

Marina Schmidt, born in Berlin, has worked as a commercial employee, secretary and accountant in various sectors. For nearly 30 years she worked as a self-employed financial account and payroll clerk in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig, followed by permanent positions at different gastronomic businesses.

Thanks to her passion for properties she worked extra-professionally as a real estate agent in Berlin, Hesse and Thuringia. In 2008 she purchaised a farm in Hesse and renovated it together with her daughter.

Since 2017 Marina Schmidt lives in Berlin. She started to work as a finance manager for „RETURN ON MEANING GmbH“ in 2018.



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