Our Team and Network of Consultants
Dr Margareta Sjölund
Founder of Kandidata Asia & Chief Psychologist
Dr Margareta Sjölund, is an advisor to multiple blue-chip boards and an internationally recognised expert in the human resources field and a well-known public speaker. A pioneer in Emotional Intelligence, Dr Sjölund has worked with a large number of organisations in the US, Europe and Asia. She holds a Psychology Degree from Umeå University in Sweden, a BA in psychology from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a licensed psychologist in Sweden. Dr Sjölund has over twenty years experience in the U.S. as a psychologist, chief recruiter and HR consultant and is a regular speaker on the topic of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in Asia and beyond.
Managing Director Kandidata Asia Pte Ltd & Lead Consultant
Maria has been working as a corporate coach, trainer and facilitator in Singapore since 1997. She holds a Master Degree in HRM, is a certified coach and one of the first certified user of the EQ-i in Singapore. Maria has conducted EQ training and coaching programs for hundreds of executives in Asia. She has more than a decade of experience measuring and developing EQ, working with individuals, teams and organisations. Since 2008 she conducts EQ-i certification courses in Singapore and other Asian countries. She is also sought after as a speaker on the topic of EQ and its application in the organisational context.
Europe & Asia
Business Development Manager
Lisa Tilstra is an executive coach and leadership development consultant. She enjoys working with individuals and teams who want to develop their leadership capacity to its full potential. Originally from the USA, Lisa works with Kandidata Asia as well as EQ Europe as a coach and consultant, supporting our work in helping organisations, teams and individuals develop Emotional Intelligence. She holds a Bachelor and Masters of Health Science from the University of Florida and Leadership Coach Certification from Georgetown University. Lisa is certified in the EQ-i as well as the MBTI and DISC personality profiling tools.
Augustine Tan’s mission is “To make a positive difference”. He has been a consultant with Kandidata Asia since 2008. Augustine also works as career and executive coach and has coached professionals from various industries in Singapore. He uses an engaging, experienced and motivating style of coaching and has conducted a wide range of Emotional Intelligence programmes for participants from diverse backgrounds; senior management to executives, line staff and students. He has conducted programmes for highly esteemed organisations both in the private sector and public service. Augustine is EQi certified, and holds a Masters of Arts and BSc (Hons) from Columbia International University, USA. He is also certified Life Skills Coach and a US certified Behavioural Consultant (DISC).
Ronghua Sui has a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology. She is a leadership coach since 2005. She conducts 1-1 executive coaching, as well as content-based group coaching programs. Ms Sui obtained Executive Coaching Certificate from ICF, has certifications for Access 360 assessment, EQ-i 2.0/EQ360 Assessment, Korn/Ferry Decision Styles and Learning Agility as well as the DISC-personality profiling tool. Since 2011, Ms Sui has been very actively working with the EQ-i in mainland China. As of mid 2014 she has completed over 100 EQ-i 2.0 report debriefing sessions, 20 EQ360s and has run several “High EQ Leadership” workshops for senior leaders in organizations.
After working in hospitality industry more than 15 years and living in over 12 different countries he joined Quality Works based in Indonesia as managing partner. Andreas has more than 10 years of experience in various Management and Mindset Training. Andreas is also involved in Emotional Intelligence development programs, assessments and coaching using EQ-i 2.0. Andreas has been designing, facilitating and conducting team cohesiveness programs, conceptialising corporate events and corporate culture deployment, both nationally and internationally. Andreas is trilingual in Indonesian, English and French.
Alex is a highly sought after leadership development consultant in the Asia Pacific region. His specialisation in Leadership and Talent Development for more than 12 years has earned him multiple recognitions. He is a certified Solution-Focused Coach (CSFC) and the first EQ-i 2.0 & EQ360 Certification Trainer for Kandidata Asia in Malaysia. He is currently actively coaching senior executives from a broad range of industries, such as – Oil & Gas Companies (Indonesia and Thailand), Health Care Organisations, Financial and Insurance Institutions and the Airlines Industry (Brunei). Alex’s natural knack for coaching, together with extensive knowledge in Assessment Centre and Development Centre (ACDC), and various Training & Facilitation Methodologies have enabled him to propel countless corporate leaders into realising their true potential and leveraging on their innate strengths.
Judith has 18 years of professional experience in developing people so that they can realize their potentials and magnify their impact within the context of organizations they work for.
Judith constantly works toward the advancement of the practice of Talent Management in the Philippines and strongly advocates the use of a more scientific approach to the practice by using the latest analytics tools that are currently available. In fact, Judith is one of the first Filipinos to have been certified to use the EQ-I 2.0 and TESI, some of the most scientifically robust tools in the market.
Judith has done consulting projects and facilitated numerous programs in the Philippines and abroad with local and international organizations across different industries, such as education, multi-national pharmaceutical, BPO, public organizations, international government agencies, manufacturing, service, and retail.
As a consultant she has been involved in organizational transformation initiatives, designing leadership development programs, selection, workforce planning, facilitated corporate strategic planning and execution, culture and team building.
She has earned her education from both the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University for her undergraduate and MBA, respectively.
Europe & Asia
Birgitta Söderström has worked as a coach, consultant and trainer in Asia since 2009. She provided training programs relating to communication and leadership: inter-cultural, Emotional Intelligence, unconscious bias, presentation-skills, and more. Birgitta has worked with companies such as Lenovo, Ericsson, ABB, Sony, DoCoMo, Orange, Volkswagen, Audi, British Council, Microsoft and BP. Except from her native Sweden Birgitta has lived has lived in the US, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Philippines”. Birgitta supports Kandidata Asia and EQ Europe’s clients worldwide as a coach and consultant in measuring & developing Emotional Intelligence. Birgitta worked as an executive coach supporting Chinese executives at Coca Cola, while also training staff of international organizations in cross-cultural communication. During her B.A studies in Communication at New York University Birgitta took courses such as intercultural communication, inter-personal communication, group dynamics, rhetoric, communication and conflict, and public speaking. She also has a MA in International Studies from University of New England. Birgitta has worked with EQ since 2010 and is certified in EQ-i, Thomas Emotional Intelligence, MBTI, DISC, General Intelligence Assessment and Team Diagnostic (team coaching).
Lily Koh (CSFC, AICI CIP) is a Certified Solution-Focused Coach and a Certified Image Professional, specialising in leadership presence, business etiquette and executive coaching. She is also the founder of CharisPRO Training and Consultancy. With over 20 years of experience in the corporate world and as an executive coach/facilitator, she has helped many leaders strengthen their gravitas for greater impact and gain an advantage in business/career prospects. She also works with them in assessing their individual strengths and identifying performance opportunities to achieve leadership effectiveness and team goals. Lily is certified in EQi and Extended DISC.