Christian Höferle

Christian Höferle

“You either get culture, or culture eventually gets you.”

I am a cultural coach and trainer for multinational organizations – or rather: for people who work globally. German by passport, American by choice & Bavarian at heart, people call me The Culture Guy. My passion is to help you discover commonality when you’re overwhelmed by difference. My mission is to create peace by facilitating understanding, relating, and connecting of people. At the core of this purpose is culture. Throughout my career I’ve had the privilege to work with thousands of people from all over the world. I am a passionate proponent of human skills (instead of “soft” or “hard” skills): Together we will work on strengthening you ICE-Q (i.e. the combination of IQ+CQ+EQ). It is your success across cultures which makes my work so enjoyable. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey.


United States of America, Germany, Austria, Canada, Switzerland


German, English
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Professional Background

  • Cultural trainings for expatriates (plus spouses & families), multinational teams, senior executives
  • Culture coach for expats and global business professionals working in an intercultural context
  • Personal accountability coach
  • Certified GlobeSmart Profile Facilitator
  • Certified for Country Navigator
  • Certified Trainer for BANKcode/Codebreaker Technologies
  • Train The Trainer (Success Resources America)
  • Mastery of Facilitation (Blair Singer Academy)
  • Coach & Mastermind Facilitation Certification (Success Resources)
  • Studied History and Political Science at the University of Passau, Germany; graduate of the Akademie der Bayerischen Presse

Experience as Coach

  • More than 10 years as a culture coach, trainer, and consultant
  • Conducted +250 training and/or coaching programs
  • Trained and/or coached more than 1,000 people on how to master their transition between cultures
  • Host of The Culture Guy Podcast
  • Have lived in Germany and the United States

Additional Work Experience

  • Master Trainer and Coach in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Recovering journalist: Worked in media for about 12 years (Bertelsmann, Entertainment Media, MTV)

What Clients Say About Me

“As an American managing a facility for a German company, I searched for opportunities to improve my cultural awareness and ultimately my effectiveness in the role. Working with Christian, I’ve gained valuable insight into the ‘big picture’ differences in cultures as well as the development and characteristics of sub-cultures within Germany. I apply this knowledge to my interactions with colleagues and customers resulting in improved communications and relationships. Christian also played a key role in transitioning my new Engineering Manager from Brazil to the US. He offered transitional support that specifically addressed the needs of the entire family. His involvement reduced the anxiety of this significant move and allowed for a smooth transition to our facility and community.”
Brad Newman, plant manager ZF

“The strength of any business partnership relies on great communication and cultural understanding. It became very evident to our university that cultural competency is no longer a luxury but now a necessity for any successful organization. The opportunity to work directly with Christian should be viewed as a serious business advantage for future success.”
Gary T. Ray, VP Enrollment & Marketing, Texas State University

“Christian has provided intercultural workshops and consulting for our internationally operating teams. Christian and his team always take the time to analyze and understand the needs and challenges at hand. His workshops are extremely informative, and his presentation style is very engaging. With Christian’s personal experience of moving to the U.S. as a German, he is able to empathize with anyone who faces the challenge of learning another culture. Our teams have a much better understanding and appreciation now of some of the differences between cultures as well as strategies to effectively communicate and work internationally.”
Sunitha Vegerla, Recaro Aircraft Seating

“Christian is a true professional. He’s one of my go-to people for insights about culture, cultural differences, and global leadership. He’s deeply knowledgable, utterly professional and a true pleasure to work with.”
Andy Molinsky, bestselling Author of “Global Dexterity” & Professor at Brandeis University

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