Catherine Mehrtens started her career in the Paris headquarters of the insurance company AXA. There she helped guide the strategic internationalization of the HR department which included negotiating and advising on the ensuing career paths for AXA executives and expatriates.
Since 2012 Catherine has worked as a freelance negotiation consultant, coach and trainer, serving both the private and public sectors. Her primary focus is the support of international change projects and strategic negotiations, particularly in the banking and insurance business, as well as healthcare and IT.
Catherine is a German citizen and is fluent in German, English, and French.
Jan is an attorney, mediator and conflict management professional working for an international humanitarian organization. Jan is passionate about empowering people to constructively deal with differences and conflicts. He has delivered trainings in various parts of the world. Jan has complemented his practical experience in negotiation and conflict management with a range of professional trainings, including with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and Trigon Entwicklungsberatung. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a Certified Mediator according to the German Mediation Act.
Jan gained further experience in two reputable corporate law firms, a development agency, the Foreign Service, the judiciary and several NGOs. Jan joined Rational Games as Associate Trainer in 2018. He is fluent in German and English and also speaks French and Spanish.
Jan Friedrichs studied business administration with a particular focus on management and human resource development at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft near Hamburg and in Boston. After spending four years in international sales for a global consumer products company, and seven years in total in industry, in 2005 Jan founded his own company as an entrepreneur, trainer and consultant. He coaches, advises and trains middle and senior management and their teams, working for clients such as Airbus, HanseWerk und HELM.
Jan also teaches at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg und the NORDAKADEMIE in Elmshorn. His company adventure learning (www.adventure-learning.de) offers innovative approaches to HR development for management and emerging leaders through original learning experiences training communication and leadership skills as well as personality development.
Jan is a German citizen and lives in Hamburg.
Joana is a trainer and consultant specializing in the area of negotiations and conflict resolution. Prior to embarking on an independent consulting career, Joana worked for several years as business development manager and as country manager for the biggest adventure tour company in Iceland where she had to negotiate contracts with suppliers and agents on a regular basis.
She has an MBA from Reykjavik University, has studied advanced negotiation techniques at Harvard Law School in the USA and Humanitarian Negotiations at Clingendæl, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations. Furthermore she holds a Master in Humanitarian Action and Conflict from Uppsala University in Sweden. She has been both a participant, a coach and an expert judge in International Negotiation Competitions.
Joana is a Portuguese and Icelandic citizen and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and Icelandic.
Felix Miller has worked with RGI to develop and deliver customized seminars for various audiences.
Felix comes to this work as an entrepreneur, with the experience of setting up and co-founding distribution companies operating within Europe and North America. During the course of his ventures, Felix negotiated sales & procurement contracts, strategic partnerships and joint ventures as well as gaining experience in inter-cultural negotiations.
Felix holds an MSc in International Business Negotiation from IÉSEG School of Management in Paris as well as a BA in Business Administration from the University of Applied Science in Munich. He speaks German (native), English and French fluently as well as some Italian.
Felix Herrmann is a business consultant in London, and Vice President at Second Chance Homes Ltd., a social enterprise with the purpose to deliver affordable social housing using refurbished shipping containers. He holds a bachelor degree in industrial engineering as well as two master degrees in Management from the École Supérieur de Commerce in Paris and Carlos III University of Madrid. As a management consultant at CCMI Consulting and the Otto Group, he negotiated a range of different IT and business projects with internal and external stakeholders. Felix holds the scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation and leads a European Citizen Initiative on gender equality which negotiates new legislation for a European parental leave directive. He lives and works in London.
Felix is fluent in German, English, and Spanish.
Sebastian Schaefer is a strategic consultant working primarily in the banking and financial services industry with a particular focus on marketing, pricing and negotiation. He also advises clients from the public and private sectors with regard to negotiation and communication skills as an Associate Consultant for the nonprofit training and coaching company Rational Games Inc.
Sebastian holds a degree in Industrial Engineering with majors in mechanical engineering and strategic management. He also studied International Business Negotiation at IÉSEG in Paris.
Sebastian is fluent in German and English, with a working knowledge of French.
Hami is a consultant specialized in negotiation training, alliance partnerships, and coachings for young professionals. He is an experienced entrepreneur and worked with strategic management consulting companies, such as Bain and BCG, to deliver primary research data for commercial due diligence projects. Hami currently leads an alliance partnership team of a French software company, which is part of the French Tech Association.
Hami holds a master's degree in International Business Negotiation from IÉSEG School of Management in Paris as well as a BA in Business Administration from Munich University of Applied Science. He speaks English, German, French, and Farsi.
Bastian Franz is a communications designer and movie director based in Trier, Germany. He's currently studying Media Design at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, focussing on movie direction, motion design and game design.
Bastian is co-founder of Bismarck & Nagel, a movie production agency supporting local artists and public events.
For Rational Games Bastian is the jack of all trades, working in the fields of design, marketing, social media and training implementation. He's fluent in German and English.