Margareta Sjölund

Ph.D., Lic Psychologist, Author and Founder of EQ Europe and Kandidata Asia.

Founder of EQ Europe and Kandidata Asia. Margareta is an international expert and pioneer in Emotional Intelligence and has worked with customers and organizations in Europe, Asia and USA. Margareta has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Jenny WestergĂĄrd

CEO EQ Europe

Jenny has worked in the finance industry for 20 years in different leading positions. Jenny combines a solid business background from large companies and has a degree in Economics and Psychology from Lund University, Sweden.

Anders Gusting

Key Account Manager

Anders has more than 25 years of experience in Senior Managerial Roles with several leading markets in Sweden and internationally. His insights in EQ derive from various industries and positions within sales, R&D, production and SCM/IT. Anders has two Master’s degrees, in Industrial Engineering & Management and Business Administration, carried out in Sweden, Germany and Indochina.

Birgitta Söderström

Educator and Coach

Birgitta has worked with development of leaders in Asia and Europe for 20 years. Birgitta is an ICF certified coach and has an MA in International Studies, University of New England, Australia, MSc in Mental Health Counseling, University of Massachusetts Boston and a BSc in Communication Studies, New York University.

Lauri Robbins Ericson

Speaker, Consultant, Advisor

Lauri Robbins Ericson is a keynote speaker and consultant on social impact, social sustainability and transformation. Lauri has worked with leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, CEOs and purpose-driven change makers such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Storytel, and MTR

Maria Amerstofer

Managing director Kandidata Asia

Maria has been working as a coach, trainer and facilitator in Singapore since 1997. Maria is an ICF certified coach and holds masters in Human Resource Management. Maria has more than a decade of experience measuring and developing EQ as well as conducting EQ-i certification.

Lisa Hope Tilstra

Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, REI consultant

Lisa has been working in the field of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) since 2012 and is a master international trainer of our tools. Lisa has conducted training in more than 30 countries and is now located in Sri Lanka.

Lisbeth Hedberg

Leadership assessment, coaching and change management

Lisbeth is a specialist who works with Swedish and international companies and organizations. Lisbeth has developied  people, teams and leaders for 20 years. Lisbeth has a BSc in Business Administration and a degree in Communication (IHR) and Organizational Psychology. Certified in  assessment tools and coaching methods.

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About Lauri Ericson

Lauri holds an MA in International Development Education from New York University and is a graduate of Seth Godin’s altMBA. Her leadership framework is from experts such as Margaret Wheatley (Harvard), Richard Boyatzis (Case Western Reserve), and Heidi Brooks (Yale University). Lauri served on the Advisory Committee for the Women and Girls Africa Summit. She was an advisor for Urban Challenges: Making Public Transportation Safe for All, a multi-country project sponsored by the Swedish Institute.

Having worked with women and girls on 6 continents, Lauri founded “A Women’s Manifesto to the World'', whose vision is that every female is raised to speak up, stand up and rise up.

Her TEDx, titled “Shifting Gender Paradigms: Speak Up, Stand Up, Rise Up, '' is now on

Founder and owner Margareta Sjölund has written a book about EQ that will be launched after summer 2023.