Marina Ibrahim

Marina Ibrahim

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (Egyptian Proverb)

Award-winning enthusiastic bilingual (German-English) coach, trainer and change facilitator of dual heritage (German-Egyptian) background with more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, leadership and people development, supporting individuals and companies worldwide. Lives in the UK works virtually and internationally. Result-oriented, help accelerate their personal growth and professional performance. Encourage and motivate insightful learning and understanding to catalyse change. Use dynamic interventions and tools to generate energy, enthusiasm and positivity when designing and delivering training programmes for expatriates, global executives and multi-cultural teams including Leadership, managing change, agility, alignment, empowerment and self-awareness. Executive coaching at all levels from managers to C-Suite executives. Team culture, sales, performance, effectiveness and communication. Cross-cultural awareness and competency training (Expatriation, re-patriation, mergers & acquisitions, international trade, export, sales).


General, Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America


German, English
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Professional Background

  • ICAgility Professional
  • Future Fit Digital & Virtual Coaching and Training
  • Systemic Coaching & Constellations
  • OD Alignment for Performance – Strategic Alignment – Alignment Between People
  • Toastmasters International Competent Communicator
  • Uncommon Sense & Growth Mindset Certificate, ICQ Global
  • ICQ Global DISC Licensed Practitioner
  • Various cultural profiling tools (Country Navigator, Intercultural Preference Tool, Culture Map)
  • Everything DiSC Practitioner, Coach & Trainer
  • NLP Practitioner, Personal Performance Coach, Co-Active Coach
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing Course Director
  • MA with Merit in Creative & Cultural Media Enterprise
  • Certificate Cross-Cultural & Project Management
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Communication, Media & Film Studies

Experience as Coach

  • 10+ years’ experience as global mindset and cultural agility coach and consultant specialising in international leadership, career and support programmes for leaders and executives of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 multinational companies
  • 5+ years’ experience in MNCs’ spouse support programmes (purpose and life coaching, career, enterprise, business start-up, work life balance)
  • 10+ years guest lecturing at universities on intercultural competency and global leadership
  • 5+ years cultural integration training for teams caused by Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 50+ companies, 5,000 employees, 500 leaders, 5,000 students, 50+ countries
  • coaching & training of multicultural and teams, entrepreneurs and intercultural communications
  • Specialized in trainings in general cultural awareness and competency as well as Subject Matter Expertise in Egyptian, German, British culture
  • Global Mindset and Cultural Agility training

Additional Work Experience

  • Intercultural Training Specialist & Global Executive Coach
  • Face-to-face and online training solutions for various global FORTUNE 500, FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and DAX organisations
  • Intercultural Training Specialist, Facilitator, Lecturer & Speaker
  • 10+ years Global Leaders Programme (designed and delivered cross-cultural competency, communication and cultural agility training programmes) at various universities, business schools, UKTI & Chambers of Commerce in the UK, Business Growth Hubs
  • Marketing & Business Performance Consultant, Coach & Trainer
  • Course Director Global Delivery Framework/Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Marketing Training and Business Development Programmes for SMEs
  • Volunteer Network Leader for female business owners

What Clients Say About Me

“Marina recently supported our 2020 Kick Off Conference in delivering workshops to our international senior management and sales team on ‘Cross-cultural Leadership’. The workshops were aimed at improving understanding and engagement with one of our core values “Open Mind”.  Marina is very knowledgeable on this subject and her experience on developing global leaders in their cultural agility and cross-cultural communication was evident throughout her workshops. She was able to successfully translate our brief into the workshop concept with high impact: focused, energising and insightful. The delegates really enjoyed Marina’s highly skilled delivery and the buzz created that left everyone with something valuable to apply an ‘open mind’ back at work.  Marina has been a great pleasure to work with. We experienced her as a creative team player, committed and reliable. We would be delighted to engage Marina again for future cross-cultural teambuilding and communication training to leverage high-performance, problem-solving and innovation, so crucial for the competitiveness of our international organisation”
Rupinder Kaur Sodhi, Marketing & Sales Manager at Moove

“I recently used the Marina’s support as Mentor via CIM to further develop and advance my marketing career. As senior marketer I wanted to know learn how to take that next step towards directorship and to maximise my earning potential and mapping the steps and skills needed to reach that next career level. From an international background like myself Marina has proven to be an excellent intercultural coach, who had a deep knowledge and understanding of the challenges when pursuing a high-flying career in the UK. I have been very pleased with the engagement, support and outcome. She has not only helped taking time out to reflect on my career goals, but she also helped me taking stock of my skills, strengths and experience and to research and gauge the market. Her coaching, questions and support have been instrumental to my personal and professional progression at an important moment in my work life. As a result, I was successful in securing an exciting new role in an organisation with growth potential. Marina comes highly recommended as Intercultural Marketing Career Mentor and Coach to anyone considering.”
Silvia Ghita, Chartered Marketer – B2B Marketing Communications Specialist – SaaS Technology)

“As German Regional Construction Manager, Marina prepared me perfectly for my new leadership role in Egypt with her intercultural training and coaching programme. She knows about the importance of an international mindset: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” Marina has an excellent background in both the Egyptian and German culture and highlighted the particular differences in communication, time management and leadership that helped me to integrate into the new cultural environment with much more ease. Thank you again for the perfect preparation for this complex topic and the patience and time to answer all my questions Marina! I can highly recommend.”
Andreas Bartels, Engineering Construction Manager, Desouq SUCO, Cairo, Egypt, Wintershall DEA

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