The practice

Vertical Development Consulting provides executive coaching services to individuals and teams at senior management. For the individual the focus is often on personal career development, leadership, and specific work-related challenges. For organisations, the benefits are improved executive retention, as well as increased commitment, creativity, and quality of communication from the executive in question.


About Rudi

Rudi is the founder and Chief Practitioner at Vertical Development Consulting. He has a keen interest in transformational development, developmental coaching, psychodynamic work and organisational learning. Rudi has lived and worked globally - in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and South-East Asia executing change. He started his career as a technology consultant and later transitioned to work with leaders and their teams.

Rudi’s research and practice interest is in the role leaders play in solving complex adaptive challenges.

Rudi holds a Masters in Information Systems from Griffith University, an Executive Masters in Change from INSEAD and is a DBA student at École des Ponts Business School. He is a graduate of the Art and Practice of Leadership Development from Harvard Kennedy School and a certified Executive Coach through New Ventures West and the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Coaching Industry Sector Experience:

  • Corporate Banking

  • Mining

  • IT

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Education

  • Print and Media

  • Agriculture


  • Since 2014 - Vertical Development Consulting: Head

  • Since 2017 - INSEAD (Personal Leadership Development Program) : Coach

  • Since 2015 - New ventures West Coaching School : Faculty (Pod Leader)


2014 - INSEAD, Singapore, Executive Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change

2014 – New Ventures West, Singapore, Certified Integral Coach


2019 - Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, The Art and Practice of Leadership Development

2019 - Australia Adaptive Leadership Masterclass, Sydney

2019 - Minds at Work, Boston, Subject Object Interview

2019 - Cultivating Leadership, Virtual, Conversations at the Growth Edge

2018 - Tension, Stress and Trauma Release Exercise - Level 1

2018 - AJ&Smart, Design Sprint Masterclass

2018 - INSEAD, Innovation in the Age of Disruption

2017 - LUMA, Sydney, Advancing Innovation through Human Centred Design

2016 - Metalens Consulting, The Art and Practice of Living your Authentic Life

2016 - University of Southern California, Atlanta, Organizational Design Workshop

2015 - Leadership Embodiment, Level 1, 2 and Retreat training of Wendy Palmer’s Leadership Embodiment Somatic work

2014 - Metalens Consulting, Inner Critic Workshop

2014 - Action Learning Certification Workshop

What People Are Saying


I've coached & consulted business leaders, entrepreneurs, & truth seekers from a wide range of companies and circumstances. Below are examples of organizations that some of my clients have worked at along with some sample testimonials across my leadership and career coaching/consulting services.


“Enrolled in a MBA programme, it is very easy to be caught up in numerous simultaneous activities without realizing what you can truly learn from them. Having Rudi as coach helped me balance my priorities, understand my own gaps and find new ways to engage with teams becoming more conscious about teammates’ needs and expectations. I was able to improve my leadership style at the same time I was rethinking my concept of empathy, and today I feel more confident to effectively lead multicultural teams in challenging environments.”

— Thiago

“I was struggling to connect with my feelings before I met Rudi. I failed to see that my desire to help others had actually hurt those I cared about and left me without support and compassion for myself. Coaching with Rudi unlocked this realisation and set me on a path of discovery. I am more resilient than I was and empowered both at home and in my career. Rudi is a patient listener, who created a space where I could open up, and his extensive preparation and thought prior to each session was obvious the moment we sat down.”

— Jake


“Seeking to recognize my own voice as a leader, I took the unique opportunity to work with Rudi in early 2018. With his encouragement and guidance I realized the importance of courage and authenticity in cultivating relationships, not only with other people but first and foremost with myself. I am now more skilled at holding conversations that matter, bringing out the best in my team, and succeeding together.”

— Francine

“Rudi is one of the few great & passionate coaches that I worked with. He is authentic, calm, and great listener. He offers very useful and practical advises during the coaching session and I would definitely recommend Rudi to those who are seeking for an inspiring coach.”

— Chee Leong

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  • Explore coaching, consulting and leadership programs

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