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We are the global leader in providing customized, organizational effectiveness programs based on mindfulness. Our mission is to enhance individual and company performance, resilience and creativity.

During the past decade, we have brought mindfulness training to 100,000 individuals in over 500 companies across North America, Asia, Europe and Australia. All programs are individually designed to meet your needs.

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Meet our global team. Wherever you are–North America, Australia, Asia or Europe–we have skilled facilitators with both a deep experience in corporate and not-for-profit organizations and a long history of mindfulness practice and training. They know how to craft a program to suit your needs whether it is to enhance performance, increase innovation or create resilience.

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Potential Project International

  • Rasmus Hougaard, M.A.

    Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, a global leadership training, organizational development and research firm.  They help leaders and organizations enhance performance, innovation and resilience through mindfulness and other practices grounded in neuroscience and research. They partner with forward thinking companies like Cisco, LEGO, Accenture, Microsoft and 500+ other global clients helping create people centric cultures and truly human leadership.

    Rasmus is recognized by the Thinkers50 as one of the most important emerging business thinkers in the world and writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Business Insider. Rasmus has led more than 1,500 keynotes and workshops and is recognized as the leading global authority on training the mind to be focused, effective and clear for great leadership, performance, innovation and resilience. He lectures at the world’s leading business and executive education schools like IESE and IMD.

    Rasmus’ most recent book The Mind of the Leader, published by Harvard Business Review is based on research on 35,000 leaders and executives and provides a pathway to great leadership in the 21st century. It is the most pre-ordered book HBR has ever published.

    His first book One Second Ahead – Enhancing Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness, is a performance bible in organizations like Accenture, LEGO and many more.

    Rasmus has a background in organizational development and research as well as a leadership career in Sony Corporation. He lives in Copenhagen and New York with his wife and three teenagers.

    He is a sought-after keynote speaker and leadership developer within corporations and have spoken to employees, leaders and executives at Microsoft, McKinsey, American Express, LEGO, Google, World Bank and hundreds of other organizations. Also, he is a frequent speaker at the premium business, leadership and HR conferences like Work Human, HRD Summit, Mindful Leadership Summit, Wisdom 2.0 and numerous others.

  • Jacqueline Carter, M.Sc.

    With a Master of Science in Organizational Behaviour and over 20 years of experience supporting organizations through large scale change, Jacqueline has held a wide range of leadership and consulting roles across a range of industries including transportation, oil and gas, insurance and government. Jacqueline has many years of personal experience with mind training and over the past 10 years has focussed on embedding mindfulness practices into daily corporate life.

  • Rob Stembridge

    Rob has over 20 years of technology and consulting experience working at Accenture where he was most recently Managing Director for Technology in Financial Services Nordic. He has worked across multiple industries, client organisations and countries and is a very experienced programme director with deep expertise in delivery and sales lifecycle leadership. He has spent the majority of his work life leading complex transition and transformation engagements. Rob is an avid people developer. He has personal experience with mind training and was the global business sponsor within Accenture focussed on bringing mindfulness practices to the corporate world.

  • Erick Rinner, MBA

    Erick shares his time between Potential Project in Europe, while still chairing Milestone Investisseurs, his private equity firm. He has been in corporate finance for 26 years including 18 years in private equity. Erick's core skills include initiating change at board level, negotiation, advising management teams on value creation and leadership. He sits on the board of companies in London, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Erick trains leaders and executives in global companies for corporate mindfulness techniques. Erick has had a daily mindfulness practice for 10 years and is regularly on retreat. He received his MBA from Columbia Business School (Award for Excellence). Erick donates his corporate mindfulness training fees to karuna-shechen.org and www.globalnomad-tibet.com.

  • Daniel Cushing

    With more than 25 years' international experience as a senior manager, leadership instructor and executive coach, Daniel works with global business leaders and their teams to support them in becoming more effective. He is now passionate about bringing his 20 years of mindfulness experience into the corporate world.

  • David Chung

    David combines his practice of mindfulness with 20 years of experience in implementing IT solutions across Asia and the USA for Sales & Marketing stakeholders. He’s worked at an entrepreneurial digital marketing agency, as well as Intel Corporation where he held regional to global IT management roles. David is a core member of the Joyful Garden Sangha in Singapore that practices in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He also finds long distance running highly conducive to cultivating mindfulness, and has completed numerous marathons and ultra-marathons.

  • Egbert Mulder

    Egbert has held a wide range of leadership and consulting roles for over 30 years. He has been a mindfulness practitioner for over 20 years and is author and speaker on mindfulness and leadership. His passion is to help leaders and teams to build purposeful organizations in which people are creative, engaged and enjoy their work. By enabling leaders to unlock their full potential they can contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful world.

  • Gillian Coutts

    Gillian has over 20 years experience as a leader and change agent in the sales and operations functions of large corporations. She has worked across a range of industries including retail, government, transport, oil and gas, and human services. She holds graduate qualifications in business, operations research and counselling, and is passionate about delivering the benefits of mindfulness to corporate life.

  • Gitte Dybkjær

    Gitte Dybkjaer is an acknowledged trainer in training the mind to be focused and clear at work. She holds a MSc. in International Business and Intercultural Management with Japanese. She has many years of experience within sales, leadership, organizational and business development from Consultancy, the FMCG and NGO industry. She is specialized in developing high performing people, teams and organizations across cultures. Gitte perceives mindfulness as the most powerful tool to unfold people's and organizations' potential.

  • Grattan Donnelly

    Grattan has worked as a coach, facilitator, consultant and trainer in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors for the last 15 years. He has practiced mindfulness since 2010 and is passionate about how mindfulness can enhance the performance of organisations and the wellbeing of people. He is Chair of the Association for Coaching in Ireland, and lectures in Dublin Business School on the Diploma in Coaching for Performance.

  • Jens Näsström

    Jens is an Occupational Psychologist and the Country Director of The Potential Project in Sweden. His specialty is mindfulness training for lawyers and in law firms, which he has conducted since 2006. Jens trains in both Swedish and English.

  • John Wurcker

    Over a 30 year period John has worked as a facilitator, consultant, executive, CEO and director - in the private, public and not for profit sectors across the Asia Pacific region. As an experienced mindfulness practitioner and teacher, and a founding director of The Potential Project Australia, he is passionate about how mindfulness and a more effective mind can enhance the performance of our organisations and the wellbeing of staff.

  • Louise Chester

    Louise started practicing mindfulness in 1994. It helped her have balance in her life, while sustaining a pressured career in investment analysis and fund management, ultimately as Head of Research and then Global Sector Head for Dresdner RCM. In 2010, she formed Mindfulness at Work – a trusted advisor to corporations looking to enhance talent performance and wellbeing through mindfulness training and coaching. Since then, she and her team have been working strategically with organisations ranging from Ashurst LLP to JP Morgan, to enable many thousands of employees to access award-winning, highly-effective mindfulness at work training. Louise joined as UK Country Director of Potential Project in 2015, so that corporations in the UK could benefit from the ‘gold standard’ in corporate-based mindfulness training for teams and leaders. Louise is a member of the Mindfulness Association, has monthly supervision and commits at least 6 weeks a year to retreats with global leaders in the field of insight, compassion and embodied presence.

  • Maj Andrén

    Maj holds a BSc in Human Resources and works as an organizational consultant and leadership coach with a special emphasis on stress and change management. As a former HR manager and with more than 20 years of HR experience from a wide range of organizations, her main passion is bringing sustainable tools for focus, clarity and joy into the corporate world. Maj has been practicing Mindfulness more than a decade and holds a diploma in both CBMT (Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training) and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress-reduction).

  • Marissa Afton

    Marissa is an organizational psychologist, executive coach and corporate trainer. She has extensive experience in the field of workplace health, safety and wellbeing, and has lead cultural change initiatives in organizations spanning 10 countries and 4 continents. Her journey to mindfulness-based practices began over 20 years ago while teaching at the J. Krishnamurti Foundation school in India. A graduate of Naropa University in Boulder, CO, she has been a practitioner of Vipassana for over 10 years.

  • Martial Vidaud

    Martial is an expert on mindfulness training and coaching. He explores 3 human-being dimensions: body, emotions and mind. He is passionate about integrating awareness, presence and mindful attitudes appropriately in business. He has been holding several leadership positions in different companies (Danone, Deloitte and Technip) in France and abroad for 15 years.

  • Martin Ström

    Martin holds a M. Sc. degree in Engineering and a M. Sc. degree in Psychology. He conducted the first Swedish study on the effects of mindfulness training in work-life, and is the author of a best selling book on Corporate Mindfulness ("Fokus på jobbet"). Martin has trained leaders and staff from companies like IKEA, IBM, Nordea, If, and Vattenfall in mindfulness.

  • Marut Bhardwaj

    Marut is a Strategy professional with 27 years of deep corporate experience across profiles and industries. With a 12 years Meditation and Mindfulness practice and the passion to start the Mindful Leadership movement in India, she launched the annual event Mindful Leadership Summit in India successfully.

  • Michelle Chan

    Michelle has been an executive coach and a leadership program facilitator since 2008. Her clients vary from Chinese SOEs to MNC. Michelle heavily involves supporting her Corp clients’ talent development and change management. She is presently integrating mindfulness into her coaching and facilitation. Prior to this, Michelle has 10 years’ experience in a leading executive search firm (6 countries and 11 offices, last position as Managing Director) and 10 years in an EMS manufacturing (last position as their regional Engineering Director). She has a passionate interest in mathematics and enjoys hiking, reading, cooking and developing people. Michelle speaks native Mandarin, fluent English and Cantonese.

  • Murray Paterson

    Murray has over 25 years’ experience in education - working as a senior leader and manager of educational design, development and delivery teams in various settings including university, professional association, corporate and professional services organisations. Murray has been a mindfulness practitioner for over 20 years and applies the understandings this has brought him to all aspects of his work, particularly as an executive coach and facilitator. He holds an honours degree in Zoology with a co-major in English literature and postgraduate training in instructional design.

  • Robyne Blood

    Robyne has extensive expertise in facilitating change at multiple levels: organisational, team and individual. Robyne utilises evidenced-based, positive psychology frameworks and often employs whole system dialogue interventions to rapidly accelerate change through broad engagement. Robyne incorporates principles and practices from complexity theory in her approach to resolving complex organisational change issues and has worked with many top Australian companies including McKinsey and Company. Robyne has incorporated mindfulness in her approach for many years.

  • Stephen Stynes

    Stephen has over 30 years global business experience and has held a wide range of leadership, entrepreneurial and consulting roles in US, Spain, Chile, Colombia & Ireland. He began practicing mindfulness in 2005. Since 2012 he has coached and trained hundreds of individuals and teams, helping leaders, entrepreneurs and executives to accelerate their personal and professional success using mindfulness based practices. Stephen´s core skills include working with leaders and teams in highly complex, fast paced environments through both group facilitation and one to one coaching. He works in both English and Spanish.

  • Teetta Kalajo

    With a career in international telecom business spanning more than a decade, Teetta has been working with change and leadership-, team-, and organizational development in various countries in Europe and Latin America. As an experienced mindfulness practitioner, she found her passion to utilize her experience in supporting organizations and individuals for high performance and currently she is working as a trainer, coach and facilitator.

  • Tonny Maak Larsen

    Tonny has more than 30 years of experience from Danish and International companies, leaving him with a deep insight and practical experience in how organisations and leadership works. Tonny has been working primarily with Personal and Organizational effectiveness, and as consultant he has influenced thousands of individuals and organisations towards being more effective and achieving their goals. Tonny is accredited Coach and Co-Author on a Danish edition of a book on effectiveness. Tonny is eager to take effectiveness to a higher level through Corporate Mindfulness.

  • Tony Dickel

    Tony is an experienced executive coach and trainer/examiner of professional coaches who, as well as being the founder and CEO of Transcend International, is also the current president of the International Coach Federation in HK. Tony’s coaching and leadership approach is to assist with “vertical development” and individual transformation through coaching approaches including mindfulness, self-observation and reflection practices as a core methodology. He teaches mindfulness-based approaches into a variety of setting and is also a certified trainer of Wallace and Ekman’s Cultivating Emotional Balance course and has held a number of Board level leadership roles over his 27-year tenure in HK. Tony is married with 1 son, 4 cats and 2 dogs.

  • Vince Brewerton

    Vince is an experienced facilitator, consultant and teacher and is a trusted advisor to leaders and teams in the corporate, not-for-profit and public sectors. He has more than 25 years experience as an international management consultant, Executive Director of the Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace at Saint Mary’s University, and an award-winning teacher at the Rotman School of Management. Drawing on his experience leading strategic change and many years of mindfulness practice, Vince works with organizations to enhance individual and organizational performance and well-being.

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