Irene O.
English; Mandarin; Portugese; German; Vietnamese
Ho Ci Minh City, Vietnam

Irene is a highly experienced, certified Global Executive Coach, with more than 20 years of international experience working with senior leaders from the corporate and government sectors. Her mission is to inspire leadership.


Irene is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  She specialises in working with leaders (individuals and teams) who work across cultures.  For this, Irene draws on her expertise in leadership development, neuro-science, systems thinking, intercultural competency development, and her innate enthusiasm. 


Her global experience spans more than 20 years living and working as a certified coach and international facilitator across four continents in her country of origin (Austria), China, Brazil, New Zealand, and Vietnam.   Her multinational corporate clients span a wide range of sectors including energy, food & beverage, software, telecommunications; she also works with government agencies and universities. 


Her clients are typically senior executives, high potentials as well as entrepreneurs preparing for their next leadership challenge.  She also delivers cross-cultural programmes for international executives moving to Vietnam, as well as intercultural workshops.


Since moving to Vietnam in 2012, Irene has pioneered initiatives to inspire women to find their own paths. She is the co-author of an award-winning book on Vietnamese Women Leaders, ‘Ba Trieu’s 21st Century Daughters’, and the founding curator of the live event series, the Women’s Storytelling Salon, and a popular speaker on the topic of women leadership. 


In 2002, while working in Shanghai as head of the project management department for the world’s largest training consultant firm, she became one of the first certified corporate coaches in Mainland China.   Irene is fluent in English, Mandarin, Portugese and German, and is currently learning Vietnamese. Her professional accreditations and qualifications include:

  • Masters Degree in Sinology (Chinese Studies) from Vienna University, Austria

  • Chinese Language Studies at Nanjing University, China

  • Certified Corporate Coach by CoachUniversity (2002) 

  • Global Executive Coach by Advantara® Global Executive Learning/ Coach Training Institute 

  • Certified ‘High Impact® Team’ Coach

  • Cross Cultural Training Certifications from Berlitz Cross-Cultural, and Dean Foster Associates

  • Licensee of WorldWork tool: The International Profiler 

  • Certified in the Cultural Orientation Indicator® 

  • Certified facilitator and coach for LMI, Leadership Management International

  • Trained in Situational Leadership II (SLII) Model for the Blanchard Companies

  • Trained as a 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey trainer