About me

My name is Alexandra Retzlaff, I am a graduate psychologist and have more than 20 years of professional experience in various jobs, most of them in the field of Human Resources. For the last 13 years, I have worked in different management positions in international companies and have been leading people & teams in Germany and abroad.

In the beginning of my career, I worked as a trainer in a clinic and supported people with chronic pain to improve their pain management. Afterwards, I spent some time in research - mainly on intercultural competence through personal and organizational development.

My next employer was an international company specialized in HR outsourcing, where I worked in several different positions: as a Senior Consultant, Talent Manager and Organizational Adviser and later as branch manager for one of the subsidaries. For the last eight years, I have been working for a Scandinavian energy company as Vice President Human Resources, responsible for operational and strategic HR work in Europe, South America and Asia.

In 2017, I decided to start my own business focussing on the topics that I liked most in the recent years: 

Coaching & Organizational development



  • Degree in Psychology with a focus on Occpational Psychology and Clinical Psychology
  • Integrative coaching training program, Christopher Rauen, DBVC certified
  • DBVC (German Federation of Coaching) Member and Associate Coach
  • Training program "Organizational Development" by Andreas Steinhübel
  • Certified trainer in Jacobson‘s Progressive muscle relaxation technique by Prof. Dr. C. G. Nentwig)
  • Certified for various personality Tests (e.g.Benefit Personality Profiler (DISC); Personality and Preferences Inventory by Cubics (PAPI N / PAPI S); Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ), SHL)

Professional Experience

  • 2009 - today

HR Manager / Vice President HR for Europe, South America and Asia with a Scandinavian energy company

  • 2004-2009

Senior HR Consultant / Branch Manager at an international HR outsourcing provider

  • 2001- 2004

UGH Wuppertal, Chair of Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Research Focus "Intercultural Competence through Personnel and Organizational Development"

  • 1997 - 2000

Trainer in ambulatory pain therapy at the Luther-Klinik in Essen and in the St. Josef-Hospital in Bochum