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Carola Hieker, Ph.D., Master Supervision, Systemic Management, Dr. Phil.

Prof. Dr. Carola Hieker

As a trained banker and business psychologist Carola possesses more than 25 years of experience in leadership development and senior executive coaching.

Carola founded HILCoaching in 2000 and established, with her team over the years, a global presence to develop senior leaders through coaching, facilitation and training. Having always been passionate about the importance of diversity in leadership teams she co-founded diversity-in-leadership in 2012.

Carola’s main clients are multinational companies and she often comes in to support senior executives in challenging leadership situations. Due to her background she brings a depth of psychological understanding and a rigour to support behavioural and mind-set change. This makes her style highly effective, working especially well in fast moving environments.

After her career as a commercial banker with Deutsche Bank she decided to go back to University to study Organizational Psychology. Also conducting research on HR-Strategy and Training in Industry and Banking. She then went on to become Head of Personnel Development with Tengelman, a major retailer in Germany and later worked for  PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), responsible for senior manager and partner development. 

Next to her work as a coach and consultant she is a Professor for Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at the American University in London and supervises the Ashoka UK team, an organization which supports worldwide social entrepreneurs.

Bankkauffrau (Trained Banker)
Diplom-Psychologin (M.A. in Psychology)
Dr. Phil (Ph.D. in Psychology)
Diploma in Systemic Management, Birbeck University
Certified in NLP, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Systemic Consulting
Qualified to interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI Step I & II, Firo, the Leadership Effectiveness Analyses as a 360’ FB tool and to facilitate "Immunity to Change" workshops
Accredited in the use of Hogan’s Personality Inventory, Hogan Development Survey (HDS) and Hogan Motives, Values and Preferences Inventory (MVPI)
Master in Coaching & Organisation Development Supervision (Ashridge)


  1. “Power dynamics” in Coaching at Work
  2. “Sponsor/Mentor Supervision” in Coaching at Work
  3. Reflexive Questions in a Coaching Psychology context
  4. Evaluation of Communication and Behavioural Training in Organisations – an empirical study.