Nils I. Cornelissen


16 years of experience in top management consulting 

Psychologist, sociologist, communication scientist

Certification for MBTI, Integrative Coaching, NLP (Trainer DVNLP), Future Workshop


Nils Cornelissen has been working as a management consultant with focus on transformations and cultural change, strategic HR (e.g., talent and performance management) as well as leadership and communication since 2003. Among his clients are, e.g., international media and communication companies, industrial groups as well as consumer goods companies, in the last years also an increasing numbers of Startups. For almost 10 years Nils worked for McKinsey & Company, last as Senior Expert. 

Nils 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 (Integrative Coaching, MBTI Step II, SySt Constellation, Future Workshop Facilitator, Hypnosystemic Work). Nils has published articles on topics such as talent management and leadership (Harvard Business Manager, Personalwirtschaft, StarkImLeben), a book on cultural change (Kulturwandel in Organisationen) and he is a lecturer at the Calumis Academy for Business-Coaching. 

Nils lives in Berlin and is involved in projects for social entrepreneurs (e.g., Academy for Visionautics) on a voluntary basis. Since 2012 he has been CEO of RETURN ON MEANING GmbH together with Dr. Svea von Hehn and works for clients across Europe, USA and South-Africa. He speaks English and German fluently.

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., European media companies, several financial institutions) and implementing relevant processes for succession planning, performance management etc.

  • Designing and conducting comprehensive action learning programmes 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 and supporting cultural change and transformation processes (e.g. branches of European bank; implementation of a new IT strategy in industrial group; global purchasing program).

  • Moderating top team alignment processes and workshops typically as part of a new strategy (e.g., for a logistics group, consumer goods company, financial institutions, energy company).

  • Supporting idea generation, developing innovation strategies and setting up an innovation academy Conducting trainings especially for coaching, leadership, effective communication, and change.