Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Director, International Partnerships


Christian is a leading academic and thought-leader in the field of coaching, as well as a practising executive coach. Regarded as an international authority in the field, Christian regularly speaks at conferences, facilitates training, and consults in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Particularly passionate about the application of coaching and positive psychology in education, Christian is the author of An Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide (Sage, 2014) and the editor of Coaching in Education: Getting Better Results for Students, Educators and Parents (Karnac, 2012) and Coaching in Professional Contexts (Sage, 2016). He holds the role of Editor in Chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, a leading, peer-reviewed academic journal. He also recently co-wrote with John Campbell The Leader's Guide to Coaching in Schools: Creating Conditions for Effective Learning (Corwin, 2017).

Through his role at Growth Coaching International, Christian continues to enjoy delivering training and professional learning opportunities in schools, colleges and universities.

Christian holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK), an MSc from the University of East London (UK) and an MA and BA from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon).