Trainer Profiles

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Dr. Neela Enke, a coach, mediator and biologist, graduated with a PhD in Biology from the Free University of Berlin. She carried out various research projects for 10 years, was involved in teaching, project coordination and promotion of young talent at various universities and research institutions in Germany, France, Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic. She is a trained mediator with a focus on conflicts in research organisations. As a coach for research and administrative staff, professors, team leaders and teams she is offering workshops on career development in research, leadership, as well as diversity and conflict management. Furthermore she is involved as a board member in the coaching network of science and actively involved in the Fachverband Gender Diversity in the Bundesverband Mediation and in the ProFiL network association (Professionalisierung für Frauen in Forschung & Lehre).
Dr. Matthias Merkelbach, a proficient coach certified by the Coaching Academy Stuttgart, is an expert in career strategy and team communication. The studied philosopher and Germanist has years of professional experience as a journalist, author of books and lecturer. Until 2011, he was the educational director of ISD GmbH, Stuttgart, responsible for the training program for international companies. Since 2009, as a trainer and seminar leader for Impulsplus, he has worked successfully with over 1000 doctoral candidates and post-docs on topics such as career planning, application, team building or communication in science and business.
Daniel Mertens currently heads a bridging unit consisting of a research group at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and a research group at the University Hospital in Ulm. Focus of his research is the cellular microenvironment of leukemia as therapeutic target (and predicting patient outcome using epigenetic marks.
In the last years he enjoyed passing on his experience as mentor and as trainer in advanced skills for researchers at all career levels, medical doctors and recently also for leaders in industry, in Germany, Europe and this year for the first time in Africa ( He strongly believes in learning-by-doing, using highly interactive formats and flexible adaptation to the interests of mentees and participants. Participants feedback that the learned content is directly applicable to their everyday working life.
Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi has been working as a coach and a trainer for scientists since 2008. Before becoming a coach, she led a project group for the Collaborative Research Centre 490 in Mainz. During those ten years she worked as a biologist in the field of medical basic research and gained a lot of experience in setting up and successfully leading scientific projects. In terms of her current work, she uses her "insider knowledge" from her time in academia combined with her resource-oriented and diversity-related coaching perspective on individuals. She is a member of the Coachingnetz Wissenschaft e.V. Her group coaching workshops inspire, motivate and empower the participants in order to improve their self-efficacy regarding upcoming work situations and projects. More about her activities, you can find here.
Dr. Alexander Schiller was a junior professor and Heisenberg fellow (DFG) for inorganic chemistry at the University of Jena (Germany). The associate editor of “Reviews in Inorganic Chemistry” receives the prestigious MSMLG Czarnik Emerging Investigator Award 2017 & 2018. He broadened his portfolio with the training and coaching company „Schiller & Mertens GbR“. Since 2016 he is a fulltime trainer and “Certified Facilitator” by Thiagi. He conveys advanced research skills, such as communication, leadership, management and career development in science and methodology in university teaching. As still active researcher, group leader, trainer and coach, Dr. Schiller knows all the challenges of (natural) scientists and addresses them in an interactive learning environment.
For further information on Dr. Schiller’s training and coaching company and his research group check out his websites and
Gaby Schilling
Gaby Schilling studied Chemistry and did her doctoral studies in solid state chemistry. For more than 17 years, she held various leading positions in an internationally operating DAX 30 company in Germany and the US and was heading teams of experts and managers in science, product development and product safety. She has thus gained profound first-hand experience in all phases of collaboration with employees – from recruitment over career development and promotion to change of career. Qualifications to business coach and team coach complement her practical experience.
Since 2012, Gaby Schilling has been working as coach and consultant for natural scientists in leadership positions. She also runs workshops and trains groups whereby the main focus is on the transition from science into industry and taking over leadership tasks. Find out more about her activities here .
Nadine Sinclair
Nadine Sinclair is a strategy consultant, executive coach and entrepreneur, who started her career as a molecular biologist. Nadine completed her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in the group of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lührmann. Straight after her PhD, she switched career paths and joined McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. In the last few years, Nadine has founded several businesses, one of which she recently sold to an industry leader. She also trained as a Co-Active Coach and is a licensed NLP Master Practitioner. In the past decade, she has been serving clients in various industries and has worked with individuals, startups, foundations, large corporations and governments in more than 20 countries. Her latest venture helps executives and entrepreneurs make changes to habitual thought processes and behaviors based on the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology. Nadine Sinclair’s LinkedIn Profile