Coaching Speciality:

  • Leadership Development
  • Women in Leadership
  • Team Cohesion and Performance
  • Transitions / Adaptation to Change at work and in life
  • Wellbeing – Success with Happiness

Coaching Preferences:

I coach at all levels, and especially enjoy coaching globally minded leaders, groups, and teams through transitions.

I’m a Great fit for:

Business, Academia, Government, and Civil Society, especially for cross-sector and international collaborative environments.


  • COMENSA Senior Coach (CSC).
  • ICF Certified Positive Intelligence Coach (CPQC), Positive Intelligence Inc., San Francisco.
  • Certified Coach, Coaching with Impact, University of Free State, Bloemfontein.
  • Certified Programme Cycle Management / Logical Framework Approach Facilitator & Moderator, PCM Group, Brussels.
  • Participatory Learning and Action Practitioner, Fingo, Helsinki.
  • Combined master’s degree in Geography with Development Studies, African Studies, and Sociology, University of Helsinki.


  • COMENSA Credentialed Member
  • Positive Intelligence Inc


  • English
  • Finnish

Pauliina Mapatha

I n t e r n a t i o n a l  E x e c u t i v e  C o a c h

Would you and your teams be interested in becoming the most awesome versions of yourselves? Our partnership on a transformational coaching journey will help you develop leadership mastery and the ability to make a profound impact.

In addition to applied neuroscience, positive psychology, cognitive behavioural, and performance science, I bring vast experience and an understanding of complex leadership, career, life, and organisational challenges, especially in international, cross-cultural, and diverse environments.

Together we will identify and build on your and your teams’ strengths and work on your blind spots. We will discuss your important topics and find deeper insights, clarity, and direction on the way forward.


While I was born and raised in Finland, I have lived and worked in South Africa for over 20 years. I’m married to a South African, and we have two cross-cultural teens. Walks in nature and social gatherings alike are non-negotiable for me.

I also make time for recharging and connecting to myself through PQ reps and yoga. I love listening to Podcasts and reading, and when I’m truly thriving, you’ll find me cooking whole-food meals from recipes from across the world while dancing to my favourite beats.

Leading people and managing processes formed part of my international work portfolio as an advisor, consultant, entrepreneur and specialist project and program manager for over 20 years, before transitioning to a full-time coach, consultant, and facilitator.

I have led business development in information society development and worked in various other socio-economic development sectors such as agriculture, health, and local economic development. I’ve been called a game-changer within the business, universities, government, and civil society collaboration environments.

Today, as Change Partners Coach, I’m celebrating my career transition and witnessing the remarkable results of our clients. My approach to personal development and growth is holistic and solution oriented.

I complement coaching with mentoring and adult learning opportunities. In the case of serious work or life transitions, it’s more about “a full-on metamorphosis” than “just small adjustments” in thinking, feeling, and doing. Transformational coaching promotes a deep and meaningful shift in your mindset and ability.


As your coach, I am committed to building trust and rapport, confidentiality, giving honest feedback, being an accountability partner, assisting in setting courageous goals, challenging you in the interest of your growth and considering the larger system.

I am invested in your success and happiness. 


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