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About Steffi Bärmann

After almost ten years as an independent Human Resources Development Manager and Think Coach with clients worldwide, I have been applying my knowledge to my work at the University of Applied Sciences Vienna since 2016. I develop and teach in personnel development, training, and coaching. The combination of research and practice is thereby essential.

Here is some additional Information:

Since 2015, I have been a member of the International Coach Federation, ICF - Austrian Chapter; in 2016, I was President, and in 2020/2021 Director of Administration.

Professional Journey


Before I started my HRD and coaching career, I have worked for the following companies - mainly in the education and banking sector:


  • Samco Capital Tehran Office/ Iran

  • Raiffeisen Central Bank Austria AG Vienna/ Austria

  • UNIPORT – Career Center of the University of Vienna/ Austria

  • RedEd – former Ueberreuter Managerakademie Vienna/ Austria

  • Citibank International Plc Vienna/ Austria

  • Siemens AG Regensburg/ Germany

  • Regional Television Regensburg/ Germany


Geographic Journey


  • 13 years in Schwaan/ former GDR-Eastern Germany

  • 7 years Rostock/ former GDR

  • 2 years Regensburg/ Germany

  • 11 years Vienna/ Austria

  • 3 years Tehran/ Iran

  • 6 months in Helsinki/ Finland

  • since March 2012, back in Austria


Active Memberships


  • International Coach Federation - Austrian Chapter

  • Diversity Charta WKO

Experiences with a substantial impact on my life


  • Being world champion in Handball at the age of 18

  • The fall of the wall (GDR – GER) and coping with a completely new contradicting culture while staying in the same city and living on the same street

  • Stopping my studies (in my home country) to study something completely new (in another country) without support and while working because I wanted to change my way of living, my direction

  • Being married to an Iranian/ Austrian world traveler. We share the same passion for other countries and cultures, as we learn from each other what it means to come from a different culture.

  • Building a coaching business in Iran, where this word was more or less unknown, and everyone was suggesting I change into a trading business, but I stayed positive and happily succeeded

  • Becoming a mother of two lovely and challenging girls, they make me grow while I try to grow them

  • Starting a doctorate at the age of 43, topic artificial intelligence in human resources development, crazy & so many opportunities

Educational Journey (an excerpt)


  • Doctoral Candidate, University of Applied Sciences Burgenland/ International Cooperative Cross-Border Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Educational & Communication Sciences/ Topic "Trust of self-directed-learners in the use of artificial intelligence"

  • MEd, Master of Education, Interuniversitäres Kolleg for Health and Development Graz / Schloss Seggau in cooperation with Universidad Central de Nicaragua

  • MSc in Business Administration (consecutive), Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria/ Specialized in International Organisational Behaviour, Change Management and Management Development, – Project Management



  • Certified Adult Educator (certified by WBA Austria) at WBA, Austria

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) (certified by International Coach Federation), at International Coach Federation, USA

  • Certfied SolutionsAcademy Organizational Coach at SolutionsAcademy, Germany

  • Business Coach at Corporate Consult, Austria

  • Communication and Business Trainer at Corporate Consult, Austria

  • Moderation/ Facilitation at Corporate Consult, Austria

  • Life and Social Counsellor i.t.u.s., at Team Winter, Austria

  • (accredited by ÖVNLP, DVNLP, DGNLPt.) at Team Winter, Austria

  • Robbins-Mandanes Certification Student: Strategic Intervention Coaching, Core Training, at Robbins Mandanes Training, USA

  • Using AI for HR Certified, issued by Future Workplace

  • Certified DiSC Trainer at iiLS Institute of Innovative Learning Systems, Austria

  • Cultural Detective Facilitator Certification Workshop – Special Focus on the Middle East, at Atieh International GmbH and Dianne Hofner Saphiere – Creator of the Cultural Detective® Series, Austria

  • Junior Project Manager (IPMA Level D) at PMA Austria

Courses (min. length two days)

  • The Pulse of Coaching, Group Mentoring Program, Mentor Coaches Ltd. Bulgaria

  • E-Portfolio, at FH Joanneum Graz, Austria

  • Supporting Continuous Independent Learning at Centre for Modern Workplace Learning, Jane Hart, UK

  • ICF Competency Brush-Up Program, Amorah Ross, Master Certified Coach at Positive Life Works, USA

  • Designing Coaching Programs at Frank Bresser Consulting, Germany

  • Results Team Coach (accredited by the ICF) at Results Coaching System, Finland

  • Systemic Methods for Team Coaching and Team Mediation (Beatrice Pacher, Waltraud Schachner), at WiFi Vienna, Austria

  • Speed Coaching (Thomas Nagy) at WiFi Vienna, Austria


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