Meet Nadja

What makes me an expert to help you?   I possess the latest credentials in the emotional intelligence space, and I trained with leading experts in the field. I am also licensed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner, a certified EQ-i 2.0 coach by Multi Health System (MHS) Inc. Assessments, and a Certified Digital Marketer by the Digital Marketing Institute in Dublin, Ireland.

What’s your leadership experience? Here we go: I am an alumna of the 2014 NATO Executive Development Program, an alumna of the 2018 German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program sponsored by The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and a Steering Committee member for Women in International Security Brussels.  Oh, and I also graduated from the University of Cambridge in International Relations. Mathematics is not my strongest asset, but I do speak a bunch of languages! I am fluent in English, Dutch, Arabic, and French and proficient in Italian and German.

I am happily divorced (yes, you read that right!) and my greatest gift in life is my six-year old son Adam. We live our potential every single day and enjoy each moment of our human experience in the 21st Century. In my spare time, I enjoy creative writing, meditation and I try very hard to exercise some of the most complex yoga poses!


My Journey of Belonging

I am Dutch; I was born with my heart in my sleeves, my soul on fire and a mouth I can’t control (well, I do control what comes out, but speaking truth to power for positive social change is essential to me).

Life has been far from easy, and I have overcome many adversities in life. For the majority of my existence, I spent my time hiding who Nadja really was, and I kept playing small. I was hiding from the outside world, hiding growing up, hiding throughout my career, and hiding from others.

Imposter syndrome kept me small for a very long time. Until the day I dared to speak up because I finally got my degrees and certifications from prestigious institutions. All of a sudden, I felt worthy of recognition from the outside world. Still, I suffered on the inside as I was too busy thinking how the outside world would perceive me, and that it would be best to keep playing small.

Until I lost my father without notice; until my marriage fell apart; until I faced many professional and personal rejections; until I hit burnout. I experienced many dark moments in life, but I always got out of them with grace.

By sharing my Wisdom, Experience, and Emotions, I want to help you enhance your quality of life in the 21st Century.

My top three mantras in life

1) We can’t control what happens around us, but we have 100% control of what happens inside of us.  

We live life by default instead of by design. My mission is to help you manage your life from a place of empowerment. You are in control of your life if you learn the art of understanding your emotions (self awareness), and the emotions of others (social awareness). Only by being human and by learning how to manage your full range of emotions, will you start realizing your full potential.

2) Authenticity in a digital age is a golden currency and is at the heart of all my initiatives and life in general.

Technology often offers an elusive alternative reality where comparison with others persists.  Many people hide behind the screens of addiction. Learning how to identify, articulate and use your emotions is something many of us never learned whilst growing up. Emotional intelligence is a high predictor for achieving your desired outcomes in life. Connecting at the basic human and emotional level is what I believe, will redefine humanity in the digital era.

3) Believe in yourself even when no else does. Believe has got me where I am today. Believe will get me to places I dream of now.

The human mind is the most powerful neurological computer in the world. If you learn to control your mind, you will become the master of your destiny. Often people underestimate the power of the subconscious mind and how it drives our daily reality. You tell yourself horrible stories, you imagine the worst-case scenarios, and you assume your desired life is not meant for you. Embracing failure as part of your road to success, will build your resilience, courage and character. These are the basic ingredients for living a life above your potential.

A seasoned professional of surpassing adversity and failures, I am here to help you realize your full potential by leveraging your emotional intelligence!