Team of change companions
and leadership development
A European team of development companions (dedicated and experienced consultants, coaches and program managers) sharing the same purpose and values.
- Companionship with our clients, the leaders: we share the purpose of developing the culture and leadership of your company. We share our experience, each in our roles and expertise, in a friendly and professional way.
- Companionship among companions of CultureWorks: while being independent, we join together with a common purpose and the same values. We enjoy collaborating with each other and invest in enriching each other and growing together.
Meet the companions
Where are we?
The core team of companions is multicultural and based in Europe with an extended reach and adaptability.
Who are we?
Quentin de Pret
Wouter van Essenberg
We are change
Values are the underlying drive for our visible behaviours and choices.
At CultureWorks, we help our you to shape the most appropriate set of values to both support your business impact and match as much as possible your people. We have done the same for us: this is the set of values that matches who we are and supports our purpose.
Aim high for oneself; aim high for the collective and our collaboration. Eager for feedback and to learn. Focused on high impact.
Passion for what we do and engage; Care for others; Include and empower people based on their intrinsic potential and talents.
Openminded reflections; Curiosity in listening and inquiring; Accept to doubt; Welcoming diversity of being and doing; Express appreciation.
Courageous conversations; Courageous choices; Courageous actions.
Adapt to each other with empathy. Adapt to the changing situation, its complexity and ambiguity. Experiment together with a growth/learning mindset.
Thriving company culture drives sustainable success.
Culture and leadership assessments
A psychodynamic-systemic approach to leadership feedback, drawing attention to the deeper sources of energy and motivational forces to human actions in organizations.
Help leaders and teams solve hard problems through soft skills. Keep your organisation running at its best through Bubbles of co-listening
More about us
Lionel Frankfort – Culture and Leadership Development Companion | Founder of CultureWorks
Lionel’s favourite professional roles are culture change strategist, leaders’ sparring partner, and facilitator of complex discussions.
His most recognized talent is to bridge different people and the multiple dimensions of a complex challenge, i.e. business and human, systemic and individual, logical and emotional, conceptual and pragmatic. He is excellent at engaging people and obtaining their collaboration.
The question that triggers Lionel the most is “what makes a human group change direction in a powerful way?”. This has brought him to deeply explore leadership and culture, but also themes such as purpose, vision, strategy and organization.
He is a happy husband, father of 2 and friend of many. He is based in Brussels.
Carlos Remotti-Breton – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Carlos’s favourite professional roles are culture change consultant, facilitator, coach and assessor of leaders, teams, and groups.
His most recognized talent is the curation of reflective spaces for leaders, groups, and teams to become aware and explore unconscious patterns that unlock their full potential. He is engaging, caring and bring passion to his work.
The question that triggers Carlos the most is “what is preventing leaders to take up their roles and not add value to the organisation?”. This has brought him to deeply explore how leaders navigate adaptive challenges, explore authority, role, group dynamics, and culture.
Carlos lives in London with his partner Ale. He is curious, loves teaching and is now passionate exploring the world of social dreaming, theology, and Argentine tango.
Geert Vercaeren – Organization Consultant | Coach | Author
Geert’s favourite professional role is to work with leaders to solve their most critical issues by including human-centred strategies that work in their unique context.
His most recognized talent is to to apply unconventional approaches to humanize strategies and make it really work. He is excellent at taking leaders into the world of values, beliefs, emotions and often hidden underlying motivational forces that influence individual and collective behaviours in organizations.
The questions that trigger Geert the most are are “Are you serious about making your strategy a success? Do you have the patience to keep asking ‘why’? Do you have the courage to take a less conventional approach?”. This has brought him to write a book on Humanizing Strategy explaining how dealing consciously and effectively with these human dynamics significantly impacts the performance.
He is a happy husband and father of 3 teenage daughters. Hannah, Marie and Saar. He is based in Antwerp region.
Joëlle Ingber – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Joelle’s favourite professional roles are executive and team coach, trusted business advisor and facilitator. She works with senior leaders in multinational corporations to help them resolving acute interpersonal crises between teams or individuals, boosting their leadership skills and shaping their strategic career path within the organization.
Her most recognized talent consists in perceiving and revealing her client’s best capabilities and full potential to evolve. She grasps immediately the systemic stakes of the situation, and the changes of strategic positions which allow the system to evolve.
The question that triggers Joelle the most is “What is the client doing that leads him to deal unsuccessfully with his or her problem, and which strategic approach can unlock the situation in an efficient and ecological way.”
Like a kaleidoscope, she combines and unfolds her different facets as a woman, mother, lover, daughter, friend, teacher, speaker, coach, therapist, epicurean and life enthusiast to the fullest. She is based in Brussels
Kay Formanek – Companion in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Kay’s favourite professional role is a as strategic advisor and leadership coach on the domain of culture change and how organizations liberate the immense benefits of diversity through inclusive, a competing strategic narrative/purpose, equity and inclusiveness
Kay’s most recognized talent is her ability to combine the art and science of diversity performance in a compelling and understandable way, so that diversity performance is realised. She is regarded as a inspiring facilitator, speaker and coach.
The question that triggers Kay the most is “what elements of diversity performance need to be strengthened and which diversity capability gaps can be flexed to deliver real diversity performance”
Kay is a delighted mother of 3 kids, a horse, a dog and 2 cats and a loyal and supportive friend to many. She is author of “Beyond D&I”.
Laurent Franken – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Laurent’s favourite professional roles are to confront with benevolence, to bring authenticity and coherence and to provide confidence in the construction of technical solutions that serve the project vision.
His most recognized talent is to lead transformations through logistics projects. He is excellent at bringing rigour, fun and reassurance to a group.
The question that triggers Laurent the most is “In a world of permanent change, where people defend their rights first and foremost, how can we reconcile employees with a sense of duty/ how can we support responsible management and, in this way, bring them all together to strengthen social cohesion?”. This has brought him to deeply explore cultural change, corporate’s core identity and coherence between both.
He lives in Brussels with his wife and 2 children.
Nastassia Gumuchdjian – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Nastassia’s favourite professional roles are related to change or transition management. She has specialized in organisations that are delivering public services that focus on become more viable and sustainable.
Her most recognized talent is that she executes changes that are complex in nature with determination and integrity. She is known for focusing on others and leads her life with the drive of the activist in her. She believes in people and in the future.
The question that triggers Nastassia the most is « how to create cohesion within a group of people to carry out a mission and how to limit waste every step of the way ? »
She is a blessed sister, friend, companion and trusted colleague. She is based in Brussels.
Olivier Onghena – Noble Purpose Advisor | Solutionist | Entrepreneur | Investor
Olivier’s favourite professional roles are high impact leaders’s advice & sparring partner, management & advisory board optimisation-for-impact and organisational culture transformation-for-a-cause.
His most recognised talent is to inspire leaders to become more conscious about their ‘why?’, to align team and group members around a common noble purpose that matters, and to help leaders transform their organisations into ‘Houses of Noble Purpose’. Olivier is valued for his no-nonsense analysis of complexity while touching the spiritual and emotional depth of people and collectives.
The question that triggers Olivier most is “why are people doing what they are doing?” and “what impact do leaders want to have for the world?” This led him to research, write about and develop methodologies how noble purpose is ’the magic key’ to individual, collective and organisational transformation, flow and success for a better economy, society and world.
He lives in Brussels with his Italian partner, travels around the globe and considers himself a lover of Life.
Quentin de Pret – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Quentin’s favourite professional roles are organizational coach, conflict deminer, collective intelligence specialist.
His most recognized talent is to create a space where new potentials can emerge. He loves designing new organizations, building processes to make collaboration fluid and use systemic approaches to let the power of the group unfold.
The question that triggers Quentin the most is “How can we build teams and organizations that are fully engaged and aligned to tackle our 21st century’s challenges? »
He is based in Walhain, learning father of a little girl and continuously building his relationship with his partner.
Rainer Sichert – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Rainer’s favourite roles are team coach and individual coach on executive and senior management level, consultant in cultural and organizational change management projects, and designer of innovative leadership development trainings.
His style is empathetic and direct. His most recognized talent is to be an excellent listener and highly perceptive of what’s going on beyond the words. His extensive international C-level experience brings him to eye level with the clients and their system.
The question that triggers Rainer most is “how can we use head, heart and hands to make change sustainable?”. Therefore, he creates a safe space for reflection and action, eliciting new insights by mindfulness and embodiment as well as bringing play into work with experiential learning.
He is married and lives in the Bavarian Alps and Munich, re-energizing during mountain hikes with his wife.
Raphaël Rozenberg – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Raphael’s favourite professional roles are executive and systemic coach, facilitator of innovative and generative groups / teams.
His most recognized ability is to support people and team to align key talent and day to day challenges, develop mental and emotional flexibility. He’s excellent at engaging people and obtaining their collaboration.
The question that triggers Raphael the most is “How to develop people and teams’ adaptability in order to make their lives rich and enjoyable ?”. This has led him to thoroughly explore systemic approach, resilience model, neuro pedagogy, individual and culture change.
He is a passionate nature coach, a happy father of 3 children. He is based in La Hulpe.
Regina Brand – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Regina’s favourite professional roles are facilitator and coach to unlock the full human potential in individuals, teams and organizations.
Her most recognized talent is deep listening and creating a safe space for people to open up to their own genius and evolve by aligning their mind, heart and hands. In her unique and empathic way, she deciphers intangible barriers and activates hidden resources.
The questions that triggers Regina the most is what is holding back individuals, teams and organizations and what is needed for them to return to their vivid creative flow.
Regina loves people and international travelling. She enthusiastically practices running, yoga and meditation and is based in Munich.
Rudi Princen – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Rudi’s favourite professional roles are leading teams through change and deliver results within a set timeline, while stimulating team collaboration.
His most recognized talent is coaching teams in a pragmatic way, while establishing a connection with each team member and taking care of their individual needs, and navigate through the journey of change with positive results.
The question that Rudi triggers the most is “what will be beneficial both for the individuals as well as for the entire organisation?”. This leads Rudi to understand the needs and motivations of each individual, team or group and lead them through the change.
Rudi is based in Kortessem
Sabah Hydari – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Sabah’s favourite professional roles are enabler, transformer, reflector, integrator for leaders and teams.
Her most recognized talent is creating safe spaces that enable thoughts, feelings, discussions, strategies, passions, values to emerge and be addressed, resolved, and/or contained.
The questions that trigger her the most is “how do we live in alignment with conflicting values? How to create internal positive lasting shifts? How to align our actions with objectives/desires?”
She has two kids, lives in London, daughter of a diplomat, loves yoga and to ski.
Valentine Deprez – Leadership Development Companion
Valentine’s favourite professional role is to be a sparring partner and coach to future, current and retiring leaders.
Her most recognized talent is to capture an accurate view on where people and organizations are and to offer the ‘thinking time and space’ to let emerge possible career steps, leadership performance, and behavioural / cultural changes.
The question that triggers Valentine the most is: ‘How can people and organizations be more effective and have more impact through insights into their own unconscious contributions?’
She is a happy wife, loving mother of 2, caring member of a family business clan and confidant of many. She is based in Brussels.
Victor Svensson – Change & Transition Management Companion
Victor’s favourite professional roles are experience architect, collaboration designer and role evolution enabler.
His most recognized talent is to help clients with business & organisational transformation, leadership development and experiential learning. The red thread in his work is to bring innovation and creativity to tackle challenges at hand, most notably by integrating consulting, coaching and learning into pragmatic and impactful initiatives..
The question that triggers Victor the most is “what questions should we ask ourselves to get new perspectives on our situation?”. This has allowed to reposition problems, get past dilemmas and being stuck, to find unexpected breakthrough solutions.
He is a based in Geneva and love to spend time with family and friends in the nearby mountains.
Wouter van Essenberg – Culture and Leadership Development Companion
Wouter’s favourite professional roles are those of a consultant and coach to organizations and their leadership teams in their quest to establish lasting change and sustainably strengthen their business.
His most recognized talent is the ability to connect people with strategy. His firm belief is that a strategy will only work when it has the potential to inspire and mobilize people.
The question that triggers Wouter the most is “Why?”. His curious attitude and persisting desire to understand a client’s business challenges as well as drivers for human behaviour have often provided new insights and served as a point of departure for lasting change.
Wouter is based in the Netherlands. He is a proud father of three kids and has a passion for music.