Your trusted partner since 1986.

With our management and human resources know-how, consultancy experience and industry knowledge (100s of assignments successfully completed across all continents), AK+Partners supports companies across the world from all sizes and industries. We have an outstanding track record in working with large multinationals since 1986.

Together with our certified partners and seasoned professionals, we are able to successfully deliver on the toughest, most discriminating consulting mandates in the area of human capital. Our long-standing relationships with highly reputable organizations in Switzerland and around the world are built on trust and quality of service which AK+Partners is reputed for.

Our Network of Experts & Partners.

We deliver industry leading solutions around the world. To accomplish this, we have established a network of partners and strategic alliances with a global pool of experienced negotiators, executive coaches and talent management professionals

We speak your language. Our certified partners will communicate with you in Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish and more.

Meet the Team


Stephanie Affentranger Kveton

Managing Director

Stephanie Affentranger Kveton

Behavioral economist with over 20 years experience in Organization Development, Stephanie is an expert in talent and change management. She works with leaders and their teams to develop innovative, pragmatic and enduring solutions to raise organization effectiveness and performance.

Stephanie is currently Managing Director of AK+Partners, a Swiss-based internationally-active management consulting firm which holds the PI Behavioral Assessment™ and PI Cognitive Assessment™ license for Switzerland, and is the owner of CATIL® solutions.

Before leading her own firm, she held a number of challenging human resource roles of increasing responsibility at leading multinational blue chip companies. Stephanie has extensive experience and depth of knowledge in transforming organization’s human capital, coaching leaders to develop high performing teams, raising sales forces capabilities, facilitating alignment of people and strategy for sustainable performance, and accompanying businesses in re-thinking their operating models.

She is a graduate of Haute Etude Commerciale (HEC) of Geneva, and holds a MSc in Industrial relations and Human Resources Management from the London School of Economics. CIPD-accredited and certified in a number of psychometric tools.

Jessica Zoppellari

Project Manager & Junior Consultant

Jessica Zoppellari

Work and organizational psychologist focused on organisation behaviors and talent development.

Strong analytical and imaginative skills, Jessica is able to easily understand clients’ needs and to develop suitable solutions to raise people’s talent.

Jessica is holding a Master in Work and Organizational Psychology (Neuchâtel, Switzerland). Her thesis was on Effective Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.

As Junior Consultant, Jessica wears many hats. She leads global development projects and assists AK+Partners’s clients in the design and deployment of several bespoke programs. Certified in PI® and CATIL® solutions, she delivers workshops on Emotional Intelligence, Professional Identity and Interviewing techniques. Jessica previously gained experience in assessment methods and training facilitation for a consulting company and HR procedures in a Fortune 500.

Her expertise resides in knowledge transfer and project management, she strives in complex and international environment.

Certified CATIL® and PI-consultant, she speaks French, English, Italian, Polish, and German.

Emmanuelle Bagnoud

Office Manager

Emmanuelle Bagnoud

International career in a Fortune 500 company. Speaking French, English and German, Emmanuelle is the cornerstone of our organization, coordinating consulting and training activities.

George E. Kveton

Partner (Logscale Venture Partner)

George E. Kveton

Highly strategic, dynamic business builder, with extensive experience in operating and influencing at the C-suite level.

George is a lifelong dealmaker with broad investing, transaction and leadership experience earned internationally.

Before entering the venture capital world, George spent over two decades leading M&A for Fortune 500s. His multi-billion dollar deal sheet is truly global and spans start-ups in Silicon Valley, Israel and China, to large private and public companies. He is tenacious and particularly effective closing deals in complex, highly regulated and tough operating environments where a delicate balance of well-honed negotiation skills, entrepreneurship and pragmatism are required.

George has a proven track record to generate top-line growth by executing acquisitions and business transformations to a high standard, and developing new profit streams resting on companies’ competency footprint. A seasoned executive with former global strategy responsibilities, he also partners with entrepreneurs/ companies to bring stewardship and management depth to their businesses.

George is an active angel investor and a non-executive director on several Boards.

He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Canada, and executive programs at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Harvard Business School.

Edith France

Advisor to the board

Edith France

Degree in Psychology (Universities of Fribourg and Lausanne); advisor to industrial companies in Europe and consultant in development of Human Resources management tools since 1983.

Rudolf C. Affentranger

Advisor to the Board

Rudolf C. Affentranger

Degree in Economics and Social Sciences (University of St. Gallen); career with multinational companies in the USA and Europe; Member of the Executive Board with responsibility for Industrial Relations and Human Resources; a management consultant to business leaders and Board members of both medium and large companies since 1981.

Our core Swiss team of seasoned professionals, working with our European and international network, enables you to reach most parts of the world, in most languages, combining local knowledge with a global perspective. Many of our partners assist AK+Partners in many different mandates, acting from experts to facilitators.

Our Swiss PI Consultants network


Stephanie Affentranger-Kveton

Stephanie Affentranger-Kveton

Behavioral economist with over 20 years experience in Organization Development, Stephanie is an expert in talent and change management. She works with leaders and their teams to develop innovative, pragmatic and enduring solutions to raise organization effectiveness and performance.

Stephanie is currently Managing Director of AK+Partners, a Swiss-based internationally-active management consulting firm which holds the PI Behavioral Assessment™ and PI Cognitive Assessment™ license for Switzerland, and is the owner of CATIL® solutions.

Before leading her own firm, she held a number of challenging human resource roles of increasing responsibility at leading multinational blue chip companies. Stephanie has extensive experience and depth of knowledge in transforming organization’s human capital, coaching leaders to develop high performing teams, raising sales forces capabilities, facilitating alignment of people and strategy for sustainable performance, and accompanying businesses in re-thinking their operating models.

She is a graduate of Haute Etude Commerciale (HEC) of Geneva, and holds a MSc in Industrial relations and Human Resources Management from the London School of Economics. CIPD-accredited and certified in a number of psychometric tools.

Elodie Baerlocher

Elodie Baerlocher

Prof. Dr. Elodie Baerlocher (Swiss) teaches Psychology for Business, Sociology for Business, Leadership and Career Management at Bachelor’s and Master’s level in several Business schools. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne, where she also accomplished a doctoral program in Gender Studies. Her doctoral thesis examined various measures put in place to address discrimination in a professional environment.

Throughout her professional experience, Prof. Dr. Elodie Baerlocher specialized in Human Resources, talent and diversity management. Her expertise also includes the latest techniques in social media and a broad knowledge of HR information systems.

As an active business professional, Prof. Dr. Baerlocher divides her time between teaching, and her activities as a Human Capital consultant and trainer for several companies.

Irène Leiser

Irène Leiser

Master coach en leadership et Communication (ICF accrédité), Master en Psychologie industrielle (Université de Neuchâtel).

Après 6 ans d’expérience en Ressources humaines pour une Fortune 500, Irène créé son cabinet de coaching en 2005 et met son expertise dans les projets de sélection et développement du leadership. Elle accompagne le changement des personnes ou des groupes en français et anglais.

José A. Montoya

José A. Montoya

An architect by training, José has been working for more than a decade helping people and organisations achieve their professional and business objectives. He provides specialized support in context analysis and global communication, as well as individual feedback focused on goals and potential.

José Antonio brings his extensive international training experience to those professionals who choose to improve their value and contribution to the business by working on their self-awareness as the key to improved levels of performance and a better work-life balance.
At the time he joined AK+Partners in 2007, José had a 15 year career as founder, director and CEO of his own architectural practice. Building on his know-how in carrying out projects from sketch to “real” while working in coordination with a wide range of technicians to satisfy the needs of individuals, teams and companies, he is able to combine his business experience with his knowledge of the exclusive selection of management tools offered by AK+Partners (PI Behavioral Assessment™, PI Cognitive Assessment™, CATIL® Solutions so as to provide guidance and perspective as needed in every step of the change process.
He has graduated from the Lausanne Polytechnical School (EPFL) and has postgraduate studies in Methodologies of Intervention in Architectural Heritage (UP). He speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese & English.

André Weber

André Weber

André Weber is leading Bluebridge Management in Switzerland. He is a co-founder of the company and previously had over 15 years of experience in various Human Resources and People Development functions.

His consulting clients include companies in the aviation industry, production industry, finance, and power generation. André specializes in the areas of HR processes, organizational and management development and assessment.

André used to be Head of Learning & Development for the world’s largest Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider in aviation. He also worked for a major player in the business aviation industry. Before that, he was the Swiss head of Learning & Development for one of the big professional services firms. He managed some key HR projects for a global Swiss bank, and held the position of Chief HR Officer for a Japanese bank before that.

André holds a master degree in Business Administration and Economics of Zurich University, a Master of Advanced Studies in Psychology and completed a postgraduate class at the Center for Creative Leadership. He speaks German, English, and French. He is a certified PI (Predictive Index) consultant, a certified Master Management (MM) consultant, holds a DISC certification and is member of the Swiss Chapter of ASTD (American Society of Training and Development), and member of the CCL (Center for Creative Leadership) alumni network.

 

Heiwa Tsuha

Heiwa Tsuha

Heiwa’s goal is supporting especially Japanese global companies to be successful in Europe and multi-national European and American companies to be successful in Japan respectively Asia.

His specialization is Talent Management, Executive Coaching, Cross-cultural Management, Global Leadership, Change Management, and Transition.
Besides working in the field of coaching and cross-cultural leadership performance, Heiwa has a tremendous background and professional experience in international Sales, Planning, and Marketing.

He has been working for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in the Asia Pacific region for several years, which gave him first hand daily cross-cultural experience and practice in being successful and fulfilled globally.

He holds a BA degree in law, from the University of Tokyo. He speaks Japanese, English, and German.

Cornelia Kalcher-Tsuha

Cornelia Kalcher-Tsuha

Cornelia (born and raised in Austria) has worked almost two decades as a professional certified Coach, specializing in Cross-cultural Coaching, Talent Management and Leadership for global success and sustainable high performance.

In 2003, Cornelia moved to Tokyo to bring her work and passion for people to Asia. In Tokyo, she has worked with leading global Human Resource Consulting companies on Leadership Coaching/Development and various Management Trainings.

Prior to Japan, Cornelia has lived for eight years in Washington DC where she worked at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank in the field of Finance. Working for international organizations sparked her passion for cross-cultural coaching, communication, and performance. This led her straight in the field of Coaching, Training, Talent- and Leadership Development.

Cornelia’s passion and life commitment is to support leaders in being successful through sustainable high performance globally and locally while feeling fulfilled. Cornelia speaks German, English, and Japanese.

Franco Morciano

Franco Morciano

OWNER OF MORCIANO GLOBAL AG.

As a psychologist & management consultant, Franco has many years of experience in the fields of strategy & management consulting and personnel & organizational development. Moreover, Franco is an expert in conception and implementation of assessment as well as development centers and potential analyses. With his team he supports companies efficiently and thus contributes to their success.

Franco is the owner of morciano global ag and works in the fields of assessment, diagnostics and consulting & training. The company offers qualitative, pragmatic and uncomplicated as well as innovative consulting services.

Before founding morciano global ag, he worked as a consultant in an international consulting company and as managing partner at Wider & Morciano. In addition, he has extensive management experience as a long-standing member of the management of various non-profit organizations. Through his varied activities he has acquired a profound didactic knowledge in the conception, moderation and execution of workshops and trainings as well as in the execution of leadership and performance coaching and superversions.

Jessica Zoppellari

Jessica Zoppellari

Work and organizational psychologist focused on organisation behaviors and talent development.

Strong analytical and imaginative skills, Jessica Zoppellari is able to easily understand clients’ needs and to develop suitable solutions to raise people’s talent.

Jessica is holding a Master in Work and Organizational Psychology (Neuchâtel, Switzerland). Her thesis was on Effective Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.

As Junior Consultant, Jessica wears many hats. She leads global development projects and assists AK+Partners’s clients in the design and deployment of several bespoke programs. Certified in PI® and CATIL® solutions, she delivers workshops on Emotional Intelligence, Professional Identity and Interviewing techniques. Jessica previously gained experience in assessment methods and training facilitation for a consulting company and HR procedures in a Fortune 500.

Her expertise resides in knowledge transfer and project management, she strives in complex and international environment.

Certified CATIL® and PI-consultant, she speaks French, English, Italian, Polish, and German.

Our Global team of experienced Negotiators


George Kveton

George Kveton

Highly strategic, dynamic business builder, with extensive experience in operating and influencing at the C-suite level.

George is a lifelong dealmaker with broad investing, transaction and leadership experience earned internationally.

Before entering the venture capital world, George spent over two decades leading M&A for Fortune 500s. His multi-billion dollar deal sheet is truly global and spans start-ups in Silicon Valley, Israel and China, to large private and public companies. He is tenacious and particularly effective closing deals in complex, highly regulated and tough operating environments where a delicate balance of well-honed negotiation skills, entrepreneurship and pragmatism are required.

George has a proven track record to generate top-line growth by executing acquisitions and business transformations to a high standard, and developing new profit streams resting on companies’ competency footprint. A seasoned executive with former global strategy responsibilities, he also partners with entrepreneurs/ companies to bring stewardship and management depth to their businesses.

George is an active angel investor and a non-executive director on several Boards.

He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Canada, and executive programs at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Harvard Business School.

Stephanie Affentranger-Kveton

Stephanie Affentranger-Kveton

Behavioral economist with over 20 years experience in Organization Development, Stephanie is an expert in talent and change management. She works with leaders and their teams to develop innovative, pragmatic and enduring solutions to raise organization effectiveness and performance.

Stephanie is currently Managing Director of AK+Partners, a Swiss-based internationally-active management consulting firm which holds the PI Behavioral Assessment™ and PI Cognitive Assessment™ license for Switzerland, and is the owner of CATIL® solutions.

Before leading her own firm, she held a number of challenging human resource roles of increasing responsibility at leading multinational blue chip companies. Stephanie has extensive experience and depth of knowledge in transforming organization’s human capital, coaching leaders to develop high performing teams, raising sales forces capabilities, facilitating alignment of people and strategy for sustainable performance, and accompanying businesses in re-thinking their operating models.

She is a graduate of Haute Etude Commerciale (HEC) of Geneva, and holds a MSc in Industrial relations and Human Resources Management from the London School of Economics. CIPD-accredited and certified in a number of psychometric tools.

Simon Maurer

Simon Maurer

Dynamic, effective and motivating senior executive and leader, with broad management experience in the operational aviation sector, in safety, and cybersecurity.

As former airline pilot, Simon feels very much at home in complex, socio-technical and high-risk businesses, where technology, advanced automation and the human within are key assets.

Strategic and innovative in mind, scientist by initial education, he is proficient in understanding and structuring complex problems. He likes working with people in a multicultural environment, and to manage them for value and success. Simon is proficient in coaching and consulting people and teams on all business levels, on strategic or operational level, bridging different perspectives, for better results.

Former Chief Safety/Security Officer in the Executive Board of Switzerland’s air navigation service provider and consultant of Switzerland’s Minister of Transport on aviation safety related matter.

Simon holds a Master in Physics from the Basel and Lausanne Universities, and a Master of Management and Economics from the ETH Zurich. He followed several management and executive programs at IMD and INSEAD, and Safety/Security trainings at several universities.

Further, Simon is a flight instructor for airshow/aerobatics flying and holds pilot’s licenses for airplanes and helicopters.

Elodie Baerlocher

Elodie Baerlocher

Prof. Dr. Elodie Baerlocher (Swiss) teaches Psychology for Business, Sociology for Business, Leadership and Career Management at Bachelor’s and Master’s level in several Business schools. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne, where she also accomplished a doctoral program in Gender Studies. Her doctoral thesis examined various measures put in place to address discrimination in a professional environment.

Throughout her professional experience, Prof. Dr. Elodie Baerlocher specialized in Human Resources, talent and diversity management. Her expertise also includes the latest techniques in social media and a broad knowledge of HR information systems.

As an active business professional, Prof. Dr. Baerlocher divides her time between teaching, and her activities as a Human Capital consultant and trainer for several companies.

Larry Wagner

Larry Wagner

A creative and dynamic force for steering corporations towards best practice and innovation. As a management consulting professional with over 20 years of experience, Larry has advised senior executives in large global institutions through critical initiatives.

He has defined and guided corporate mega-transformations from competitive strategy to tactical implementation across product, organization, technology and process. To date, He has achieved $500 million in tangible reduced costs and an equal amount in new revenue streams.

A problem solver at heart, Larry thrives in complex environments with the ability to engage in all aspects and touchpoints in the end-to-end organization. He has deep expertise in Financial Services (Wealth Management, Retail Brokerage, Banking, Investment Services, Retirement, Insurance) as well as Telecommunications, and Transportation.

He is a dynamic speaker and interactive communicator and has been valuable in communications planning and messaging, as well as, eliciting feedback and measurement via focus groups and ideation sessions.

He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA in Finance from The Simon School at the University of Rochester.

Maria Tkalich

Maria Tkalich

With over fifteen years of executive knowledge and negotiation expertise based on variable company scale, route to market, and market position, Maria is a proven winner in building successful businesses and winning teams.

Her career spans roles from start up companies to her most current position as the Business Executive Officer for Nestle Nescafe Russia & CIS.

Negotiations usually contain both internal and external stakeholders, and Maria has a proven track record to help you succeed on both fronts and building winning teams!

Her broad list of proficiency spans merger and acquisitions(from the position of the acquirer and the acquisition target), joint business planning negotiations with major European customers, and all aspects of operations.

Maria’s greatest strength is her ability to work with people and great level of business sense. The strong sense of urgency, initiative, and a competitive drive to get things done (with emphasis on working with and through people in the process) coupled with the ability to engage and motivate people and organizations will deliver results for your organization.

Maria is fluent in Russian, English.

Manuel Nyffeler

Manuel Nyffeler

International business builder and entrepreneur who brings leadership and vision from strategic setting to operational execution. Manuel has broad executive management experience and a two decades long track record in global innovation, turnarounds and international business expansion.

Manuel is currently Executive Vice President International, Managing Director and Board Member of Vivaleas SA, a Geneva based company he co-founded in 2016.

Prior to starting his entrepreneurship ventures, Manuel held growing responsibilities in global blue chips in the Healthcare Technologies and Services, as well as Health related FMCG space.

He led complex large established regional and global units and has built several international businesses from ground up.

Manuel is an experienced leader with a track record in strategic and operational tenures at C-Suite level combined with  grounded entrepreneurship, today helping start-ups to structure and expand their operations.

Manuel holds an MBA from the HEC Genève, is an MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Lausanne and completed several post-graduate certifications at HEC Lausanne and IMD.

Solveig Ruffenacht

Solveig Ruffenacht

Compliance & Government relations professional with over 20 years of experience, Solveig has supported Executives of large multinational corporations and public institutions to develop their activities in high risk environments and meet the requirements of complex international compliance regulations.

Solveig’s interest in negotiations and dealings in difficult environments started in Rwanda, Bosnia and Angola during war times, being involved in the complex implementation process of peace agreements with the parties involved. Back in Europe, she integrated corporate government affairs teams in Brussels and Washington, dealing with the EU and US regulators on product specific issues. In parallel, she developed compliance management systems specifically designed for the needs of the non-financial sector.

As part of her expertise in the compliance area, Solveig has led numerus investigations in a wide range of countries, from fraud and anti-corruption, to moral and sexual harassment cases.

Solveig is a regular contributor to publications related to business ethics and complex dilemma decision making processes. She is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences on the topic of business ethics, Investigation and Interview techniques.

She graduated in Swiss Law (Bachelor) at Geneva University, followed by an MBA at Lausanne HEC. She participated in the IMD High Performance Leadership executive course and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE- CFE). She also holds certification related to the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Oleg Werbitzky

Oleg Werbitzky

Oleg is a passionate leader and business executive. Proven track record in building and developing new business opportunities at the forefront of science and technology.

For over 20 years in corporate leadership roles, as a Head of R&D, Director Innovation and VP Business Development, Oleg actively contributed driving growth in multinational companies in the sectors of life sciences and FMCG.

Today, working with exceptional entrepreneurs, start-ups and industrial partners, the focus is on translation of disruptive ideas and technologies into successful commercial products.

A Doctor of Natural Sciences (Technical University Munich), Oleg is a co-inventor of 20 international patents and patent applications and author of more than 15 scientific publications.

Anna Panka

Anna Panka

Anna Panka is a qualified German and Italian attorney, graduated from the Humboldt University of Berlin and is admitted to the Berlin and Milan Bars. She has 20 years of professional experience in Germany, Italy, the United States, France and Switzerland.

For 15 years she has specialised in intellectual property and has worked as a lawyer, trademark attorney and in-house counsel in the luxury, fashion, food and beverage, healthcare, pharmaceutical and entertainment industries. Since 2011 she has worked at Bacardi & Company Limited, where she is in charge of the company’s global intellectual property and legal support to the global marketing team.

Before this, she worked in large international law firms such as Jacobacci & Associati and White & Case in Milan, Shearman & Sterling in New York and Paris, and Haarmann Hemmelrath in Berlin.

She is fluent in German, Italian, English and French, and speaks Spanish.

Fredrik Karlström

Fredrik Karlström

By being uncompromising in his positivity and with limitless enthusiasm, Fredrik has been winning hearts and minds for local and global clients over 20 years.

Fredo is currently the Master Magician of the Magic Pencil in Lausanne: a creative brand building agency, endlessly passionate about developing big ideas that will make brands stand apart.

Fredo leads customer journeys through meaningful and energetic relationships. He has conceived methods to build bolder brands such as Magicology, a pragmatic and nimble process helping brands differentiate themselves, and AAA Communication Journey, a strategic approach amplifying customer engagement. He has also created a new business model for its agency called HO2, combining Holacracy and Hollywood business models, that enables to truly unlock the entrepreneurial spirit of his team and build collaborative projects based on co-creation.

Prior to joining the Magic Pencil, he has practiced marketing and communications in France, Germany, Austria and then moved to HQ international markets.

Fredo was raised on-the-move across Stockholm, Washington, Paris, Geneva, Buenos Aires, Rome and Lausanne where he graduated in Business Management and Marketing at HEC Lausanne and took part in the Mobilizing People Program at IMD Business School.

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