Iris Kuhnert


Iris Kuhnert, a native German born in 1967, is an accomplished global coach and trainer, as well as a specialist in Japanese people, culture, and business practices. She has over 15 years of international working experience. Her corporate experience during the early 1990ies when she was responsible for marketing and communication Europe for Noevir Japan laid the foundation for her work as consultant and coach. Her ability to combine latest training and consultancy theories with proven practical experience add to her ability to support clients with a highly effective and situational approach. Iris has extensive knowledge of applied economic languages and international management.Iris specializes in executive and team coaching as well as cross-cultural leadership. She coaches executives on creating smooth and accelerated transitions into different cultures, situational leadership in multicultural settings and the development of cross-cultural leadership skills. In addition, she focuses on international management and conducts training sessions that address intercultural competence, cross-cultural negotiation and communication, virtual and cross-cultural teams, as well as sales and marketing across cultures. Iris has partnered with corporations and institutions throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the United States. She has worked with professionals and their teams in Japan, China, Taiwan, and other South-East-Asian countries.When clients work with Iris, they benefit from her extensive international experience. Her results-orientation, customer-focused thinking and expertise combined with fluency in English and Japanese contribute to her international coaching experience. When partnering with Iris for a coaching relationship clients like her action-oriented style, the way she listens and asks questions to get to the root of the problem. Iris challenges her clients to explore the complexity of their situation from different perspectives and supports them to become aware of their true intentions, commitments and objectives. Iris holds the client accountable for pursuing the changes and goals he has committed to.Iris Kuhnert holds a Master Degree in International Management and Japanese and a Master Degree in Organizational Development and education. She researched and published about HR development in Japan and frequently speaks at universities, business associations and organizations. Her book “Business with the Japanese” is a practical insight into cross-cultural challenges and how to handle them efficiently. Iris counts organizations like Daimler, BASF, Merck, Siemens, Swiss Reinsurance as well as leading medium-sized business to her list of clients. Iris Kuhnert is a certified licensee of the Intercultural Readiness Check IRC© and a certified Cultural Orientation Indicator COI® Practitioner. She is also fully certified in Lominger’s Voices 360® – The Leadership Architect® Suite – and the Booth 360 Task Cycle® Survey. She has a certification as Leadership Transition Coach and as a trainer for “Valuing Diversity and Practicing Inclusive Leadership”. She is an affiliate of the international networks of the Ken Blanchard group and Korn/Ferry, two leading corporations in management and organizational development. Iris is a credentialed coach and member of the International Coach Federation ICF, SIETAR Europe and “Trainertreffen Deutschland”.If you wish to explore more about being coached by Iris, please contact her via

Coaching Specialties

Corporate/Executive Coaching, Cross Cultural Coaching, People Management and Leadership Coaching

Coaching Mode

Face to Face, Telephone

Coaching Certification

Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

Other Coaching Certification


Professional Organization

ICM Consulting

Other Professional Organization

International Coach Federation

Number Of Years In Coaching


Coaching Involvement

Full Time