Who we are
Our senior team has a combined experience of over 35 years’ leadership in non-profit organisations
MEET THE TEAM
You develop your own practice in whatever way works best for you to shift out of ‘self’-consciousness into a more expanded state of awareness that builds resilience and creates a more connected and loving world
– Brian Bauerle, Founder of TeamUp and the Asian Leadership Institute
DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIESHappier, Healthier, More Fulfilling Lives
We are a group of individuals from different countries with diverse backgrounds, but one thing we share is a passion for personal development and the belief that supporting each other to be more conscious enables us to be better at the things that matter. In a nutshell, this helps us live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
The great thing about becoming more conscious is that you start to see the patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you, giving you the freedom to change them. And the amazing thing about embarking on your journey as a team is that others can often help you become aware of those patterns that are holding you back and can give you the support to change them.
CO-FOUNDER AND WISE SAGEBrian Bauerle
Brian, originally from the US, is a trained professional psychotherapist who has had his own practice, advised governments and held numerous university faculty positions in both the US and Australia…
In the late 70s he set off to India (as you do) where, after a profound meeting with the Dalai Lama, he embarked on becoming a Tibetan monk and for the next two and a half years immersed himself in the ancient art of mindfulness and meditation.
As founder of the Asian Leadership Institute (ALI), Brian Bauerle has over 40 years’ experience working in Asia with multinational and family-run companies. He has been instrumental in creating ALI’s unique core competence in mindfulness-based leadership transformation. Brian trained as a professional psychotherapist, earning a postgraduate fellowship in psychoanalysis from the prestigious Menninger Foundation in the United States. He has also held faculty positions at major universities in both the US and Australia.
Five years spent as a monk in Tibet and Thailand gave Brian a deep experiential understanding of the fundamentals and essence of focus and resilience training. He uses this unusual experience in a practical, yet provocative way that directly applies to business. Hundreds of senior corporate executives have benefited from Brian’s coaching expertise. He has worked closely with a wide variety of corporate and governmental institutions to design and implement strategies for organisational and personal change. In recent years, he has focused more of his time working with large Asian family-run businesses, where family dynamics play a new and challenging role in the transformational process. His success derives from his practical awareness, his extensive experience with business, and the wise, intuitive counsel he provides to his clients.
He enjoys a regular meditation and yoga practice and continues a lifelong tradition of social work with his support for an orphanage on the Thai/ Burmese border named Schools of Hope.
His journey to TeamUp started with him leaving suburban Holland for a marketing role at Unilever in faraway Mozambique!
A shift from marketing to coaching led him to becoming the Managing Director of an NGO based in Thailand and responsible for the coaching of communities that were facing public health challenges like HIV and malaria in over 35 developing countries. It was in Thailand that he met Brian at the Asia Leadership Institute and the rest is history.
Originally from the Netherlands, Gaston Schmitz has work experience in over 20 countries across a diverse range of industries and businesses. He holds masters degrees in both International Business and Development Studies, and is an advocate for conscious capitalism and a board member of several non-profits.
In 2005 Gaston started studying mindfulness alongside his work. His studies remain central to his life and are a key aspect of his mindful coaching approach. Gaston moved to Asia in 2008 and has been a master coach at the Asian Leadership Institute for the past 4 years.
Employing a coaching style inspired by, conscious communication and neuroscience, he works with executives to achieve great results from a place of inspiration and purpose. His work experience allows him to listen deeply without judgment and to propose valuable new perspectives. He has a deep and demonstrated commitment to helping leaders learn how to discover and consciously observe their own limiting behavioural patterns in the moment they arise and choose the most effective response at every moment. Through deep listening and skillful questioning he facilitates leaders to connect with what really has meaning to them, so they can take firm and systematic action towards those goals and influence their main stakeholders in that process.
Michael is a life and leadership coach with a long-time commitment to explore the path of the fool and an intermittent panache to ignore that which defines the ‘Me’ and the ‘Mine’. With previous transitions from farmer to therapist, business person to manager to social entrepreneur, and various other stages between, he strives to identify what is common in the boundless multiplicity inherent in the ‘10,000 things’, and therefore sometimes forgets to lock his car.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Michael Bartura holds over 20 years of management experience in a variety of fields from education to international aid, manufacturing and business development. He has worked in a dozen countries in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe.
Michael is a practising coach and facilitator with a background in therapy, management and group work. He is a certified Positive Neuroplasticity Facilitator and teaches at the School of Life in Melbourne giving seminars on Self-Knowledge and EQ. As a facilitator, he listens deeply and asks questions with a mix of curiosity, empathy and honesty. Based on his broad work and life experience, his main coaching passion is unearthing that which is similar, and loveable, within the multiplicity of human experiences and reflections.
He currently lives in the forest just outside Melbourne with his family and is constantly amazed by how easy his kids can see though his pretensions. Besides his yoga/mindfulness practice, he joyfully fails to take dips in the icy river during the winter seasons but remains optimistic enough to think he will do so one day. He is addicted to quotes from much smarter people with better language skills and finds shopping for anything other than office equipment boring and tedious.
OUR ACCLAIMED, HIGHLY EXPERIENTIAL TRAINING PROGRAM.You’ll Be in Good Hands
If you decide to join one of our TeamUp coaching programs you can be sure that you’ll be in good hands. Past graduates have, on average, scored our facilitators 93% for their knowledge and experience and 94% for their ability to communicate effectively (based on 675 graduates).
Meet a few of our amazing TeamUp coaching facilitators all of whom have gone through our acclaimed, highly experiential training program.
Our facilitators come from a diverse range of backgrounds and countries. They share a passion for personal development and a real desire to create space for others and support them on their transformational journey.
If you are interested in becoming a TeamUp facilitator and developing a coaching approach that’s rooted in mindfulness, intuitive communication and 30 years of leadership coaching then please get in touch.
Garima Deveshwar Bahl
I am constantly reminded of the power of vulnerability and how it frees each of us.
Garima Deveshwar Bahl
Garima Deveshwar-Bahl, originally from India, has a Master’s in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
For sixteen years, Garima worked in the development and social sectors as a public health professional. The most memorable of these years were spent doing grassroots work, and learning to use Appreciative Inquiry in resource-constrained settings. Even with large scale programs, it was the individual stories of change that stayed with her. She worked with the World Bank and UNICEF before joining SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), the Mumbai-based women’s health NGO.
She now runs a leadership coaching practice in Mumbai. Her clients find her genuinely invested in their journey and value the love, trust and focus she brings to their time together. Garima believes that an untaught, innate ability to nurture and inspire others exists in each of us. As a facilitator she experiences how powerful the Triads are by creating a space for open, vulnerable and empowering sharing.
In her spare time, she practices yoga, meditation and enjoys travel and meeting new people.
I slowly came to the realisation that continuous practice will get you anywhere you want to go.
Netherlands-born and based Boris Alberda holds a master degree in Business Administration. He has had a multi-faceted career, working with multinationals and agencies in various fields including business, IT, organisational change, investment, innovation, branding and marketing, and INGOs.
For the last decade, he has delved into his entrepreneurial skills, by starting his own business and supporting other entrepreneurs to start-up. From this place of experience and recognition, he became an executive board member of the Social Business Incubator that supports the start-up of Social Enterprises in the developing world, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
He has a passion for aid work and is currently the business development manager at Holland’s biggest NGO Cordaid, which builds eco-systems for entrepreneurs in fragile countries and works to create income for the poor. He also lectures at multiple universities.
His has a passion for facilitation and helping others achieve their dreams and brings this enthusiasm to the TeamUp program.
This experience has the ability to transform a life in the most simple yet profound way!
Dinah Salonga is from the Philippines where she started her career in Information Technology. She has worked as a programmer and management trainee for Computer Information Systems at Oracle, and as a database administrator for the International Rice Research Institute. She became employee #1 at Oracle, and worked in various capacities up to the position of Pre- Sales and Marketing Manager.
She discovered yoga in 2005 and realized its positive impact both in her personal and professional life. She eventually became a certified hot yoga instructor and co-founded Yogaplus, Inc., where she strives to help people become healthy, happy and ultimately better human beings. As the company’s managing director, she is also responsible for its over-all strategy and operations. She was chosen as one of Ten Outstanding Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2007.
Dinah is passionate about mindfulness and how it can help employees perform better and feel happier in the workplace. Besides being a TeamUp Triad facilitator she also conducts a emotional intelligence workshop called “Change From Within”. As a facilitator she is motivated to help others achieve transformation and aims to improve relationships, increase self-awareness, and contribute to an overall feeling of happiness and contentment.
The level of acceptance, kindness and support the group offers to each other is always a humbling and transformational experience.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Michael Bartura holds over 20 years of management experience in a variety of fields: from education to international aid, manufacturing and business development. He has worked in a dozen countries in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe.
Michael is a practising coach and facilitator with a background in therapy, management and group work. He is a certified Positive Neuroplasticity facilitator and teaches at the School of Life in Melbourne various seminars on Self-Knowledge and EQ. As a facilitator, he listens deeply and asks questions with a mix of curiosity, empathy and honesty. Based on his broad work and life experience, his main coaching passion is unearthing that which is similar, and loveable, within the multitudes of human experiences and reflections.
He currently lives in the forest just outside Melbourne with his family and is constantly amazed by how easy his kids can see though his pretensions. Besides his yoga/mindfulness practice, he joyfully fails to take dips in the icy river during the winter seasons but still optimistic enough to think he will do so one day. He is addicted to quotes from much smarter people with better language skills and finds shopping for anything other than office equipment boring and tedious.
I am continually amazed by the personal transformation and healing that takes place when feelings are shared so openly.
Originally from South Africa, Fla Geyser is an Inner Life Skills® master coach, speaker and writer. She has been living in Thailand since 2009. Prior to living in Thailand, she acquired a degree in Architecture and worked as an architectural technologist, both independently, and as an employee in Johannesburg. She has also lived and worked in London and travelled extensively across the UK and parts of Europe. Initially drawn to Thailand in response to a deep longing to pursue humanitarian work, she invested three years as an English teacher in government high schools in remote parts of the country, where she benefited hugely from living amongst the local people.
Fla specializes in supporting others to connect to their inner wisdom to discover their true purpose and direction. She believes that self-knowledge is the key to personal success.
In her leisure time Fla likes to practice improvisational dance, theatre and yoga as well as running and hiking in nature. She teaches laughter yoga and also dedicates her time to furthering her ability to communicate in Thai.
I enjoy opening up space in which natural wisdom can arise.
Originally from Texas, Nancy Martin moved to New York City when she was 17. After six years in New York, she moved to Sweden where she became certified as a Doula, a person who helps women have healthy pregnancies and births. Since then, she has lived and traveled around the world including Central America, Southeast Asia and Europe.
Nancy works to empower people to find the wisdom within themselves. She creates safe spaces that enable people to open up and explore the challenging and inspiring areas of their lives. Her gift is in being able to clarify the muddy waters, especially in intense situations. Nancy uses her intuition and her sensitivity to pick up on subtleties that help people go deeper and break through boundaries, especially the boundaries of their own minds.
Nancy loves exploring different areas of life. Her diverse experience includes running her own restaurant, founding a nutritional supplement company, leading personal growth workshops, facilitating women’s groups and teaching yoga. Her interests and studies include women’s health and empowerment, meditation, nutrition and other healing modalities. Currently she lives with her partner and daughter in a small beautiful village on the coast of Mexico, where she works as a doula and coach.
I am inspired by seeing the growth and deep connection between participants
Luise Jørgensen is originally from Denmark and Mexico and holds a BA in Anthropology and Media and a MA in Creative Production. She has worked in the media industry, co-founded a not-for-profit supporting young people in creative expression, and started her own business. In the meantime, life brought her to Asia where she went deeper on her inner journey immersing herself into qi gong, mindfulness and meditative practices.
Her multicultural background, her varied experience and many travels have shown her that in times of transition there is a big chance to grow and develop, but we need to create room and awareness for that. She is a compassionate and skillful listener and enjoys supporting participants on their path and development by being present and holding a space for unraveling, vulnerability and self-reflection.
Luise strives to be as present in each moment as possible, and she is passionate about learning new things. She loves mountains and going on road trips, and her passions include photography, dance and playing the ukulele.
Ilka Burnham King
It’s a beautiful gift to witness, or be present to, someone’s lightness being born from their darkness!
Ilka Burnham King
Ilka Burnham King was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has lived all around the world – however, she calls Australia home. Ilka spent many years working as a news reporter before becoming a senior advisor to Government, and then progressing to Issues Management in oil and gas.
After several years in the corporate world, the passing of Ilka’s mother left her wondering, and later to explore, what her true purpose was in life. As a result, Ilka took two years off to travel through Asia and it was in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, where Ilka’s journey of self-exploration began. Her old life as she knew it no longer existed, and she started to sketch out her new path – her real purpose.
Put simply, Ilka loves humans. She loves to listen, to learn and participate in life – laughing is her specialty. She says nothing comes close to beating the feeling you get when you truly ‘connect’ with another human being. Ilka believes that once you go ‘inwards’ the true gift comes when that same person then connects ‘outwards’ – and becomes part of the community. That is where the magic happens.
lka now lives in Melbourne, Australia and works in the not-for-profit area helping communities reduce the harms related to alcohol and drugs. She also volunteers for an organisation that helps support and care for children who have been orphaned due to their parents’ drug use.
An active community of executives, traders, counsellors, educational experts, entrepreneurs and investors.MEET OUR WONDERFUL TEAM OF WISE ADVISORS
Madhu is a seasoned grass-roots activist, human rights advocate and senior international executive. She brings in a wealth of experience and expertise in leading, inspiring and managing development, humanitarian, and advocacy programs.
Mark is an experienced global senior executive and adviser with deep and exceptional expertise in governance, strategy, organization and management of change.
An experienced partner running a family-owned business in India, Adil has consistently grown the business to include 20 countries around the world.
Julia is the Founder Director of Julia Gabriel Centre, Chiltern House and the Julia Gabriel School of Education.
TAKE OUR UNIQUE LEADERSHIP MODEL AND TURN IT INTO A 9 WEEK ONLINE COACHING PROGRAM.It All Began with a Challenge
Back in October 2012, myself (Gaston) and Brian sat down with fellow coaches and a few business leaders and pondered the following: for 30 years we’ve been using a mindfulness-based approach to coach some of the world’s most successful people to lead happier, healthier and more effective lives…so why weren’t we doing this for everyone?
“Having conscious leaders is great but why not take this approach to a wider group of individuals and make a real impact on this planet’s consciousness,” we thought.
After a great deal of mindful discussion and debate, we came up with an outline plan to take our unique leadership model and turn it into a 9-week online coaching program. Lessons from each module would build on the understanding gained in previous week’s sessions, and the time spent in between modules would be used to apply the newly learnt practices into day-to-day life. Nine weeks was also enough time for the brain to be rewired with new, positive behaviours (the brain actually starts to physically change and adapt after 8 weeks).
The second part of our discussion was how to deliver the content in a way that would inspire new insights and transformation, would keep people engaged, motivated and accountable, and at the same time would be fun. We also needed make sure it stayed affordable so that we could bring consciously mindful living to the lives of as many people as possible.
Suddenly we had one of those aha moments! Coaching in groups. Research had shown how powerful it was in bringing change. It would also be more fun and engaging, and it tapped into one of our core values as a community – supporting each other to become more aware and make the world a better place.
Our commitment to care
Central to our program is a joint commitment to mutual support, collaboration and confidentiality. Our facilitators are thoroughly trained to create a safe space for open communication among participants. No one is pressured to share more than they wish. However, true personal growth can only occur if everyone feels comfortable to share their experience openly and honestly. At times this may include discussion of sensitive issues from a spaceof authenticity and vulnerablity. We aim to promote a caring and supportive environment among all participants to enable this to happen.
We care greatly about the opportunity we see this course can bring to your practice. Our material has been tried and tested by hundreds of people over many years. We pay the utmost attention to ensure that our suggestions for practice are gentle yet effective. However, the course is not a substitute for counselling or therapy and is not meant to remedy any form of mental illness, including depression, anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress. If you are dealing with mental issues that compromise your normal day-to-day functioning, we strongly recommend you consult a doctor or therapist and ensure that your facilitator is fully briefed.
We recognise our own potential for further growth and development. We are constantly striving to further develop and improve our materials and approach. We evaluate every program, both during and after the triad journey, to solicit candid and constructive input from all of our participants. This feedback ensures our program is a ‘living organism’, growing and evolving as we implement our learning.