The team at Our World Group is led by Maria Katsarou, who founded the business in 2007. Our World Group coaches possess significant, in-depth experience of executive development with a range of clients and in different countries and situations. All of our Associates and Coaches are professionally qualified and supervised.
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Maria grew up in Lagos Nigeria and while operating globally is based in the UK, France and Greece where she is the founder of Our World Group and The Leadership Psychology Institute. For the last 8 years she has partnered with senior teams (Middle-level Managers, Management Teams, Boards and CEOs) for several organizations including AstraZeneca, Coca-Cola HBC, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Leaseplan, Rokas Group (design and manufacturing of industrial equipment), Mediamarkt, Qualco, Ericsson, Roche, Alcatel-Lucent, Chartis, Japan Tobacco International (JTI), British American Tobacco (BAT), S&B (diversified minerals and materials group), Foodlink (Logistics), CSL Behring, Amgen, Kylashipping, Printec, ELVAL (Viohalco), EverythingEverywhere (Orange), AB Vassilopoulos (retail supermarket chain), Marks & Spencer, among others.
As a Professional in the field of Organizational Development she specializes in providing Organizational Solutions that answer to today’s ever increasing business needs around leadership, managing change and increasing both individuals’ and teams’ effectiveness through the implementation of customized Leadership programs, Group Dynamics workshops, Executive Coaching. Coming from a multi-cultural background herself and having to negotiate her own path in the corporate world for 13 years in organizations like SCA Hygiene, Johnson & Johnson, Henkel-Ecolab and Diageo, allows her to provide an insight into an organization that is practical, pragmatic and challenging. Her achievements include the effective leading of various HR initiatives, the successful introduction and action as a catalyst for organizational change, as well as leading multi-cultural leadership programs in Greece, Germany, South Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey.
She has a BA in Management and Organizational Behavior, MA in Human Resources Management and an MSc in Psychology. At the moment she is pursuing a Doctorate in Leadership Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston. She holds the Henley Certificate in Coaching, is a member of the Henley Register of Coaches (UK), and is an accredited (ACC) Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF – USA). At the same time she is also a Senior Associate Facilitator at Mannaz in Denmark (former Danish Leadership Institute) and is accredited by The Kantor Institute (MA, USA). She is certified in various psychometric instruments (e.g. MBTI, FIRO-B, CPI, 16PF, etc.) by the British Psychology Society and has also been a tutor in Management courses at The American College of Greece and other Academic Institutions. Her professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association (APA), the British Psychology Society (BPS), the International Coaching Federation (ICF, USA), Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA, USA), International Leadership Association (USA).
Maria has co-authored the book ‘Under Pressure – understanding and managing pressure and stress at the workplace’, published by Marshall Cavendish International (UK). The book has been released in English, Portuguese and Chinese.
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