Silke Irmscher

Since my childhood, my life has been shaped by change. Born in former East-Germany, I experienced the 180° turn of my home culture from a socialistic system to a free market economy as teenager. Later as a young adult and driven by a big curiosity for the world, I traveled across the globe to explore the many colors of mankind and nature.
Since then, I live a life between worlds: Between my homes in Germany and Indonesia, where I finally settled. Between the international business world that I serve and my rural neighborhood amid the rice fields in an Indonesian village. Between professional life and being the mother of a multicultural family.
Today, I live in Jogjakarta with my Indonesian husband Riyanto and raise our two daughters in four languages and with the heritage of at least three different cultures.
Thanks to all these experiences, I understand well about dealing with change, diversity and translating perspectives – skills that I help people develop in global business.
I do this by designing creative, high-quality learning experiences that I deliver through training and coaching.
I work with individuals and teams coming from various industries at different management levels, from fresh-graduate to CEO.

Professional expertise

Silke is a trainer, coach and facilitator with 15+ years’ experience of working with people at multinational companies in Asia that come from various national and cultural backgrounds. She is specialised in helping others to build skills of navigating in diverse environments, facilitating communication across cultural backgrounds and creating effective leadership in today´s fast changing global business. Silke is committed to working with companies to create psychological safe work environments where people can perform with creativity, and where cooperation is shaped by trustful relationships and inspiring team spirits. Silke is fluent in German, English and Indonesian.


• Designed and delivered cultural immersion programmes for international managers working in Indonesia (training and coaching) to improve management effectiveness
• Designed and delivered Global Mindset programmes for Indonesian managers and employees that work at international companies to enhance employee engagement and improve business result
• Designed and delivered training programs on Diversity and Inclusion to international companies, and Indonesian Universities to facilitate communication and make use of the benefits of diversity
• Designed and conducted leadership evaluation programmes with managers and their teams at the German-Indonesian bilateral governmental cooperation to improve management effectiveness and team performance
• Delivered soft skill development sessions to facilitate communication, and enhance employee engagement
• Delivered 3-step training programmes on leading through change for high-potential employees to facilitate the cultural change of a global company


Before Silke served the corporate world as trainer and facilitator, she worked many years in the development cooperation program of the German Government in Indonesia. As a Junior Expert, she facilitated communication and project assistance during Tsunami aid programmes. Following this, she supported projects that helped people in a post-civil-war area to understand about and claim Human Rights. After the birth of her daughters and being located in Jogjakarta/ Indonesia, Silke organized film festivals, dance theatre performances and bilateral art workshops for the German Cultural Centre in Indonesia.

PROFESSIONAL qualifications

•   Degree in Business Management (BA)
•   Degree in Communication Psychology (MA)
•   University Certification for Intercultural Trainer
•   Certified Brain Gym® Coach
•   Licensed Global DISC™ practitioner by ICQ Global, London
•   Learning Experience Design alumni by LXD, Utrecht
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