Verena Kugi Costescu, Senior Consultant
Verena works as a leadership consultant, facilitator and executive coach with C-level executives and top teams. In particular, Verena focuses on team effectiveness, communication and transformations on a personal and organisational level.
Building on a decade of experience as a management consultant with multinational organisations, Verena acts as a catalyst for leaders, teams and organizations to achieve their full potential. For her that means yielding impressive business results as well as creating environments that bring out the best in people.
In the past, Verena was a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Germany and Italy, where she helped leading European organizations in the fields of banking, insurance, and investments. Verena also worked at The Trium Group in New York where she led projects on leadership development and organizational transformation. Examples of her work include increasing the effectiveness of a senior team at a critical time in the company’s growth, partnering with the new CEO of an insurance company to realign his team around a new vision and strategy and structuring a functional transformation for a leading technology business. Verena began her career in finance where she was trading derivatives for a hedge fund.
Verena holds a PhD and an MBA from the University of Vienna, Austria and Georgetown University as well as an MPA from Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, Verena focused on topics of leadership and adult learning and worked as a teaching assistant for Ron Heifetz’ experiential leadership class entitled “Leadership: Mobilizing Group Resources”. Verena is also trained as an executive coach through Columbia University’s Coach Certification Program. In addition, she is certified as a Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance in the US and UK.
Verena can deliver work in German and English and also speaks Italian. She lives in London with her husband and children.