Your trusted partner since 1984.

With our management and human resources know-how, consultancy experience and industry knowledge (100s of assignments successfully completed across all continents), AK+Partners supports companies across the world from all sizes and industries. We have an outstanding track record in working with large multinationals since 1984.

Together with our certified partners and seasoned professionals, we are able to successfully deliver on the toughest, most discriminating consulting mandates in the area of human capital. Our long-standing relationships with highly reputable organizations in Switzerland and around the world are built on trust and quality of service which AK+Partners is reputed for.

Our Network of Experts & Partners.

We deliver industry leading solutions around the world. To accomplish this, we have established a network of partners and strategic alliances with a global pool of experienced negotiators, executive coaches and talent management professionals

We speak your language. Our certified partners will communicate with you in Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish and more.

Meet the Team

Our core Swiss team of seasoned professionals, working with our European and international network, enables you to reach most parts of the world, in most languages, combining local knowledge with a global perspective. Many of our partners assist AK+Partners in many different mandates, acting from experts to facilitators.

Our Consultants Partners & Experts network

Stephanie Affentranger-Kveton

Stephanie Affentranger-Kveton

Behavioral economist with over 20 years experience in Organization Development, Stephanie is an expert in talent and change management. She works with leaders and their teams to develop innovative, pragmatic and enduring solutions to raise organization effectiveness and performance.

Stephanie is currently Managing Director of AK+Partners, a Swiss-based internationally-active management consulting firm which holds the PI Behavioral Assessment™ and PI Cognitive Assessment™ license for Switzerland, and is the owner of CATIL® solutions.

Before leading her own firm, she held a number of challenging human resource roles of increasing responsibility at leading multinational blue chip companies. Stephanie has extensive experience and depth of knowledge in transforming organization’s human capital, coaching leaders to develop high performing teams, raising sales forces capabilities, facilitating alignment of people and strategy for sustainable performance, and accompanying businesses in re-thinking their operating models.

She is a graduate of Haute Etude Commerciale (HEC) of Geneva, and holds a MSc in Industrial relations and Human Resources Management from the London School of Economics. CIPD-accredited and certified in a number of psychometric tools.

Elodie Baerlocher

Elodie Baerlocher

Prof. Dr. Elodie Baerlocher (Swiss) teaches Psychology for Business, Sociology for Business, Leadership and Career Management at Bachelor’s and Master’s level in several Business schools. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne, where she also accomplished a doctoral program in Gender Studies. Her doctoral thesis examined various measures put in place to address discrimination in a professional environment.

Throughout her professional experience, Prof. Dr. Elodie Baerlocher specialized in Human Resources, talent and diversity management. Her expertise also includes the latest techniques in social media and a broad knowledge of HR information systems.

As an active business professional, Prof. Dr. Baerlocher divides her time between teaching, and her activities as a Human Capital consultant and trainer for several companies.

Irène Leiser

Irène Leiser

Master coach en leadership et Communication (ICF accrédité), Master en Psychologie industrielle (Université de Neuchâtel).

Après 6 ans d’expérience en Ressources humaines pour une Fortune 500, Irène créé son cabinet de coaching en 2005 et met son expertise dans les projets de sélection et développement du leadership. Elle accompagne le changement des personnes ou des groupes en français et anglais.

José A. Montoya

José A. Montoya

An architect by training, José has been working for more than a decade helping people and organisations achieve their professional and business objectives. He provides specialized support in context analysis and global communication, as well as individual feedback focused on goals and potential.

José Antonio brings his extensive international training experience to those professionals who choose to improve their value and contribution to the business by working on their self-awareness as the key to improved levels of performance and a better work-life balance.
At the time he joined AK+Partners in 2007, José had a 15 year career as founder, director and CEO of his own architectural practice. Building on his know-how in carrying out projects from sketch to “real” while working in coordination with a wide range of technicians to satisfy the needs of individuals, teams and companies, he is able to combine his business experience with his knowledge of the exclusive selection of management tools offered by AK+Partners (PI Behavioral Assessment™, PI Cognitive Assessment™, CATIL® Solutions so as to provide guidance and perspective as needed in every step of the change process.
He has graduated from the Lausanne Polytechnical School (EPFL) and has postgraduate studies in Methodologies of Intervention in Architectural Heritage (UP). He speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese & English.

André Weber

André Weber

André Weber is leading Bluebridge Management in Switzerland. He is a co-founder of the company and previously had over 15 years of experience in various Human Resources and People Development functions.

His consulting clients include companies in the aviation industry, production industry, finance, and power generation. André specializes in the areas of HR processes, organizational and management development and assessment.

André used to be Head of Learning & Development for the world’s largest Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider in aviation. He also worked for a major player in the business aviation industry. Before that, he was the Swiss head of Learning & Development for one of the big professional services firms. He managed some key HR projects for a global Swiss bank, and held the position of Chief HR Officer for a Japanese bank before that.

André holds a master degree in Business Administration and Economics of Zurich University, a Master of Advanced Studies in Psychology and completed a postgraduate class at the Center for Creative Leadership. He speaks German, English, and French. He is a certified PI (Predictive Index) consultant, a certified Master Management (MM) consultant, holds a DISC certification and is member of the Swiss Chapter of ASTD (American Society of Training and Development), and member of the CCL (Center for Creative Leadership) alumni network.


Heiwa Tsuha

Heiwa Tsuha

Heiwa’s goal is supporting especially Japanese global companies to be successful in Europe and multi-national European and American companies to be successful in Japan respectively Asia.

His specialization is Talent Management, Executive Coaching, Cross-cultural Management, Global Leadership, Change Management, and Transition.
Besides working in the field of coaching and cross-cultural leadership performance, Heiwa has a tremendous background and professional experience in international Sales, Planning, and Marketing.

He has been working for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in the Asia Pacific region for several years, which gave him first hand daily cross-cultural experience and practice in being successful and fulfilled globally.

He holds a BA degree in law, from the University of Tokyo. He speaks Japanese, English, and German.

Cornelia Kalcher-Tsuha

Cornelia Kalcher-Tsuha

Cornelia (born and raised in Austria) has worked almost two decades as a professional certified Coach, specializing in Cross-cultural Coaching, Talent Management and Leadership for global success and sustainable high performance.

In 2003, Cornelia moved to Tokyo to bring her work and passion for people to Asia. In Tokyo, she has worked with leading global Human Resource Consulting companies on Leadership Coaching/Development and various Management Trainings.

Prior to Japan, Cornelia has lived for eight years in Washington DC where she worked at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank in the field of Finance. Working for international organizations sparked her passion for cross-cultural coaching, communication, and performance. This led her straight in the field of Coaching, Training, Talent- and Leadership Development.

Cornelia’s passion and life commitment is to support leaders in being successful through sustainable high performance globally and locally while feeling fulfilled. Cornelia speaks German, English, and Japanese.

Franco Morciano

Franco Morciano


As a psychologist & management consultant, Franco has many years of experience in the fields of strategy & management consulting and personnel & organizational development. Moreover, Franco is an expert in conception and implementation of assessment as well as development centers and potential analyses. With his team he supports companies efficiently and thus contributes to their success.

Franco is the owner of morciano global ag and works in the fields of assessment, diagnostics and consulting & training. The company offers qualitative, pragmatic and uncomplicated as well as innovative consulting services.

Before founding morciano global ag, he worked as a consultant in an international consulting company and as managing partner at Wider & Morciano. In addition, he has extensive management experience as a long-standing member of the management of various non-profit organizations. Through his varied activities he has acquired a profound didactic knowledge in the conception, moderation and execution of workshops and trainings as well as in the execution of leadership and performance coaching and superversions.

Jessica Zoppellari

Senior Consultant

Jessica Zoppellari

Work and organizational psychologist focused on organisation behaviors and talent development.

Strong analytical and imaginative skills, Jessica Zoppellari is able to easily understand clients’ needs and to develop suitable solutions to raise people’s talent.

Jessica is holding a Master in Work and Organizational Psychology (Neuchâtel, Switzerland). Her thesis was on Effective Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.

As Senior Consultant, Jessica wears many hats. She leads global development projects and assists AK+Partners’ clients in the design and deployment of several bespoke programs. Certified in PI® and CATIL® solutions, she delivers workshops on Emotional Intelligence, Professional Identity and Interviewing techniques. Jessica previously gained experience in assessment methods and training facilitation for a consulting company and HR procedures in a Fortune 500.

Her expertise resides in knowledge transfer and project management, she strives in complex and international environment.

Certified CATIL® and PI-consultant, she speaks French, English, Italian, Polish, and German.

Ksenia Smirnova

Senior Consultant

Ksenia Smirnova

Aligning people strategies with business goals is Ksenia’s specialty.

As a Senior Consultant at AK+Partners, she is responsible managing diverse and complex engagements for international clients across multiple industries. Ksenia joined the firm with human resources experience earned at multinational companies.

Trainer, facilitator, solutions developer and project manager, she is an expert “true generalist”’. Given her natural curiosity, analytical mind and acute observation skills, Ksenia provides enriching insights to leaders and their teams on optimizing talent. Always keeping a long-term vision, she guides companies to build the “future of work”.

Ksenia has an educational background in economics and psychology, and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Geneva.

Certified CATIL® and PI® consultant, she speaks English, Russian, and French.

George Kveton

George Kveton

Highly strategic, dynamic business builder, with extensive experience in operating and influencing at the C-suite level.

George is a lifelong dealmaker with broad investing, transaction and leadership experience earned internationally.

Before entering the venture capital world, George spent over two decades leading M&A for Fortune 500s. His multi-billion dollar deal sheet is truly global and spans start-ups in Silicon Valley, Israel and China, to large private and public companies. He is tenacious and particularly effective closing deals in complex, highly regulated and tough operating environments where a delicate balance of well-honed negotiation skills, entrepreneurship and pragmatism are required.

George has a proven track record to generate top-line growth by executing acquisitions and business transformations to a high standard, and developing new profit streams resting on companies’ competency footprint. A seasoned executive with former global strategy responsibilities, he also partners with entrepreneurs/ companies to bring stewardship and management depth to their businesses.

George is an active angel investor and a non-executive director on several Boards.

He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Canada, and executive programs at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Harvard Business School.

Fredrik Karlström

Fredrik Karlström

By being uncompromising in his positivity and with limitless enthusiasm, Fredrik has been winning hearts and minds for local and global clients over 20 years.

Fredo is currently the Master Magician of the Magic Pencil in Lausanne: a creative brand building agency, endlessly passionate about developing big ideas that will make brands stand apart.

Fredo leads customer journeys through meaningful and energetic relationships. He has conceived methods to build bolder brands such as Magicology, a pragmatic and nimble process helping brands differentiate themselves, and AAA Communication Journey, a strategic approach amplifying customer engagement. He has also created a new business model for its agency called HO2, combining Holacracy and Hollywood business models, that enables to truly unlock the entrepreneurial spirit of his team and build collaborative projects based on co-creation.

Prior to joining the Magic Pencil, he has practiced marketing and communications in France, Germany, Austria and then moved to HQ international markets.

Fredo was raised on-the-move across Stockholm, Washington, Paris, Geneva, Buenos Aires, Rome and Lausanne where he graduated in Business Management and Marketing at HEC Lausanne and took part in the Mobilizing People Program at IMD Business School.

Anna Panka

Anna Panka

Anna Panka is a qualified German and Italian attorney, graduated from the Humboldt University of Berlin and is admitted to the Berlin and Milan Bars. She has 20 years of professional experience in Germany, Italy, the United States, France and Switzerland.

For 15 years she has specialised in intellectual property and has worked as a lawyer, trademark attorney and in-house counsel in the luxury, fashion, food and beverage, healthcare, pharmaceutical and entertainment industries. Since 2011 she has worked at Bacardi & Company Limited, where she is in charge of the company’s global intellectual property and legal support to the global marketing team.

Before this, she worked in large international law firms such as Jacobacci & Associati and White & Case in Milan, Shearman & Sterling in New York and Paris, and Haarmann Hemmelrath in Berlin.

She is fluent in German, Italian, English and French, and speaks Spanish.

Larry Wagner

Larry Wagner

A creative and dynamic force for steering corporations towards best practice and innovation. As a management consulting professional with over 20 years of experience, Larry has advised senior executives in large global institutions through critical initiatives.

He has defined and guided corporate mega-transformations from competitive strategy to tactical implementation across product, organization, technology and process. To date, He has achieved $500 million in tangible reduced costs and an equal amount in new revenue streams.

A problem solver at heart, Larry thrives in complex environments with the ability to engage in all aspects and touchpoints in the end-to-end organization. He has deep expertise in Financial Services (Wealth Management, Retail Brokerage, Banking, Investment Services, Retirement, Insurance) as well as Telecommunications, and Transportation.

He is a dynamic speaker and interactive communicator and has been valuable in communications planning and messaging, as well as, eliciting feedback and measurement via focus groups and ideation sessions.

He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA in Finance from The Simon School at the University of Rochester.

Mario Morciano

Mario Morciano

A lawyer by profession, Mario Morciano, has many years of experience in the fields of strategy & management consulting as well as coaching and training. Mario is also an expert in the design and implementation of assessment and development centers and potential analyses. With his team he supports companies efficiently and thus contributes to their success.

Mario is the owner of Morciano Global AG and works in the fields of assessment, diagnostics, consulting and training. The company offers qualitative, pragmatic and uncomplicated, as well as innovative consulting services.

Before founding Morciano Global AG, he worked as an auditor and consultant for different companies on a national and international level. Through his many years as a lecturer at technical schools and universities as well as his work as a systemic coach and consultant, Mario has excellent skills in the field of consulting and training. Through his diverse activities he has acquired a profound didactic knowledge in the design and facilitation of workshops and trainings, as well as in the execution of leadership and performance coaching and supervision.

Manuel Nyffeler

Manuel Nyffeler

International business builder and entrepreneur who brings leadership and vision from strategic setting to operational execution. Manuel has broad executive management experience and a two decades long track record in global innovation, turnarounds and international business expansion.

Manuel is currently Executive Vice President International, Managing Director and Board Member of Vivaleas SA, a Geneva based company he co-founded in 2016.

Prior to starting his entrepreneurship ventures, Manuel held growing responsibilities in global blue chips in the Healthcare Technologies and Services, as well as Health related FMCG space.

He led complex large established regional and global units and has built several international businesses from ground up.

Manuel is an experienced leader with a track record in strategic and operational tenures at C-Suite level combined with  grounded entrepreneurship, today helping start-ups to structure and expand their operations.

Manuel holds an MBA from the HEC Genève, is an MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Lausanne and completed several post-graduate certifications at HEC Lausanne and IMD.

Oleg Werbitzky

Oleg Werbitzky

Oleg is a passionate leader and business executive. Proven track record in building and developing new business opportunities at the forefront of science and technology.

For over 20 years in corporate leadership roles, as a Head of R&D, Director Innovation and VP Business Development, Oleg actively contributed driving growth in multinational companies in the sectors of life sciences and FMCG.

Today, working with exceptional entrepreneurs, start-ups and industrial partners, the focus is on translation of disruptive ideas and technologies into successful commercial products.

A Doctor of Natural Sciences (Technical University Munich), Oleg is a co-inventor of 20 international patents and patent applications and author of more than 15 scientific publications.

Maria Tkalich

Maria Tkalich

With over fifteen years of executive knowledge and negotiation expertise based on variable company scale, route to market, and market position, Maria is a proven winner in building successful businesses and winning teams.

Her career spans roles from start up companies to her most current position as the Business Executive Officer for Nestle Nescafe Russia & CIS.

Negotiations usually contain both internal and external stakeholders, and Maria has a proven track record to help you succeed on both fronts and building winning teams!

Her broad list of proficiency spans merger and acquisitions(from the position of the acquirer and the acquisition target), joint business planning negotiations with major European customers, and all aspects of operations.

Maria’s greatest strength is her ability to work with people and great level of business sense. The strong sense of urgency, initiative, and a competitive drive to get things done (with emphasis on working with and through people in the process) coupled with the ability to engage and motivate people and organizations will deliver results for your organization.

Maria is fluent in Russian, English.

Maria Eleni Arampatzi

Maria Eleni Arampatzi

AK+Partners business partner Greece

Talent and Culture Change Catalyst with over 20 years experience in Organization Development, Maria Eleni is an expert in driving Organizations to meeting their Strategic objectives utilizing the best of their Talents & Values. She works with leaders and their teams to develop innovative, pragmatic and enduring solutions to raise organization effectiveness and performance.

Maria Eleni is currently the Representative of AK+Partners in Greece and an Entrepreneur in the Hemp and Organic Products Industry. She is holding the PI Behavioral Assessment™ and PI Cognitive Assessment™ license for Greece through the Swiss AK+Partners office, as well as the CATIL® solutions for Greece & Cyprus.

Before working as an Independent Consultant and Business Partner, she held a number of challenging human resource roles of increasing responsibility at leading multinational companies in the Tobacco, FMCG and Shipping sector. Maria Eleni has extensive experience and depth of knowledge in transforming organization’s human capital, coaching leaders to develop high performing teams, raising sales forces capabilities, facilitating alignment of people and strategy for sustainable performance, and accompanying businesses in re-thinking their operating models.

She is a graduate of the Professional Stream of MSc in Industrial relations and Human Resources Management from the London School of Economics. CIPD-accredited and certified in a number of psychometric tools.

Pauline Jamot

Pauline Jamot

AK+Partners business partner France & Switzerland

I am an experienced professional in international business, human resources and personal development. Graduated with a Master’s degree from an International Business school, I also trained with John Grinder (founder of the Neuro-Linguistic Programmation) and Tony Robbins (international motivational speaker & business strategist). I obtained the following certifications: Master Practitioner in NLP, New Code Practitioner in NLP, International Coach Certification from NLP Academy and certified in assessment tool such as « The Predictive Index ».

Since 2008 I have built a wide range of human resources expertise, first as a Recruitment Specialist at Michael Page in Finance and Financial Services then as an HR Manager in the field of Asset Management; in charge of Recruitment, Coaching, Career Management, Learning & Development activities.

Convinced by human energy, the power of communication and emotional intelligence, I am here to serve and help you to unleash your potentials.

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