Ms Christina Orisich is the Deputy Director of GCSP, focusing more specifically on leading GCSP’s “Executive Education” activities, developing and expanding the organisation’s comprehensive portfolio internationally.
Ms Orisich brings an extensive international experience in executive education to GCSP, as well as expertise in consulting in organizational and leadership development, change management, and leading a business and developing strategy.
Prior to joining the GCSP, she worked for 12 years for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) - Europe, where her last role was Coaching and Leadership Development Practice Leader for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Before this, she was the EMEA Design Practice Leader, where she led a cross-cultural team of experienced design faculty who delivered highly customized leadership solutions in response to very specific client challenges. Before moving into the Leadership Solutions Area, she held the role of Regional Director, responsible for Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France at CCL in Europe. In this capacity, she was responsible for all CCL activities in these countries (multi-million businesses). She built extensive experience in partnering strategically with international global corporations to support them with their organizational, talent and leadership development challenges. She was Lead Faculty on several accounts and worked with most of the large international corporations from the Pharma, Health Care, Chemical, Automotive and Financial Services industry. She is also a very experienced Executive coach, and regularly worked with senior leaders from big blue chip corporations as well as international organizations.
Before this, she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC Consulting) in Brussels and London, the European Commission in Brussels, Ericsson in Vienna and the Austrian Trade Commission in New York City.
She has a broad international background and has always worked in multi-cultural environments across a wide range of industries, leading and working with cross-cultural teams. She is Austrian and has lived and worked in 13 countries (Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Ukraine, Estonia, Russia and Poland). She speaks 8 languages.
She holds a degree in International Business Administration from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, Austria. She earned her postgraduate degree in European political studies, from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
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