Experience, passion, and commitment define the team at The Change Initiative. Our dedicated team of facilitation and training professionals brings considerable experience to the market. Our team maintains an effective mix of experience and seasoned leadership in order to design and facilitate engaging and results-oriented workshops, conferences, and trainings required to meet the needs of our clients and partners. Expertise we do not have in-house we bring in through our network of associated experts.
is a Certified Professional Facilitator © through the International Association of Facilitators and the founder and Managing Director of The Change Initiative Co. Ltd. His talent, skills, and passion for facilitation form the core of the company’s mission, and he is much sought after as a facilitator, trainer, and process consultant. Jost has written a handbook on large group facilitation methods for a Thai audience which has been now translated in various languages such as Vietnamese, Burmese, and Urdu. In recent years, Jost has become one of the biggest contributors to the art and science of facilitation in many parts of Asia.
He has been awarded the Certified Professional Facilitator™ certification for experience and demonstrated expertise in facilitation. In 2011 he was named the facilitator of the month and his facilitation activities in the Deep South of Thailand were selected as the second best facilitation project at the IAF Regional Conference in Taipei.
Prior to The Change Initiative, Jost worked with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer technische Zusammenarbeit, the German Embassy in Bangkok, the Resource Link Consulting Group, and an internet start-up company. Jost studied economics and sociology in Trier (Germany) and in Zaragoza (Spain). He graduated as the best student in sociology (equivalent to MA) at the University of Trier. He also conducted post-graduate courses at Mahidol University (Thailand), the University of North Carolina (long-distance), and attended a large number of short courses.
Jost’s results-focused techniques and energetic facilitation style has won him clients from a wide range of public and private sector organizations. His work has brought him regularly to all parts of Asia and also includes assignments in Africa, Europe, and Latin America.
Michael Stahl brings a unique mix of talents to The Change Initiative. He is a professional communication and NLP master trainer, experienced facilitator, health insurance expert, and IT-specialist.
Before joining The Change Initiative as an associate expert he has worked in various responsible positions such as team leader of the branch office of a major health insurance fund and a key member in a national IT project (SAP ®) responsible for software implementation and training for one of the largest public health insurance funds in Germany. In recent years he also worked as the advisor to the Ministry of Labor for the national health insurance of the Government of Cambodia with a focus on process design, communication, and staff training. For preparing Social Health Insurance for the formal sector he received the Golden Medal of Honor from the Minister of Labor.
Michael holds a communication trainer license and a train-the-trainer license from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as an NLP® Master Certificate, and in his training courses he always get outstanding evaluation reports. He is known for this clear and practice-oriented way of training.
Over the years he has conducted a continuously growing number of short term consultancies in China, Vietnam, Laos, and Albania focusing on training and knowledge transfer. Once a year he is a lecturer for the International Leadership Training for Social Security and provides trainings on marketing, awareness raising, and organizational development at the University of Maastricht.
In his free time Michael enjoys biking and trekking. He currently resides in Phnom Penh.
has been with The Change Initiative from its first days in 2007/2008. Prior to her work with our organisation she was involved in many start-up businesses from export-import to the hospitality industry, which is reflected in her excellent organisational and problem-solving skills. Therefore, it is no surprise that she started as the office manager and handled all event support. Over the years her interest in facilitation grew into passion. Working side by side with Jost Wagner, she has become a skillful facilitator and has co-facilitated a continuously growing number of workshops.
She is experienced in methods such as Open Space, World Café, Team Retrospectives, and many more, and attended a number of trainings by leading experts in Asia. She is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and the Facilitator Forum Thailand. Together with Ittinat Seeboonruang, she forms a tandem and likes to facilitate Thai language workshops.
Fluent in Thai, English, and German, Ittinat is well equipped with strong communication skills and a diverse cultural background to work with the international community. He has extensive experience translating and co-facilitating trainings and workshops for various organizations, both internationally and locally, such as the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Thailand, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Thiland, Rabibhadanasak Judicial Research Institute, and the Courts of Justice of Thailand.
Committed to promoting facilitation in Thailand, his contributions include the translation of Sam Kaner’s Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, one of the standard textbooks in facilitation, and Jost Wagner’s Handbook for Creating Dialog and Collaboration by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Thailand in Thai. Ittinat has completed Foundation Facilitation Training with the Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS) as well as Dynamic Facilitation Level 1 with Jim Rough.
His experience extends beyond a social development framework, having also worked as Manager of Corporate Events at Siam Paragon Development, Thailand’s leading retail establishment. Holding a Master’s Degree from John Hopkins University, Ittinat is also a trained classical singer, a certified yoga instructor, and an advanced Reiki practitioner.
joined The Change Initiative in 2013. She is responsible for a support services prior to and during the conferences and workshops we are facilitating. Her responsibilities range from preparing materials, folders, and name tags, running the secretariat at conferences, and solving problems for attendees, to developing a process video.
She has supported us in diverse places such as Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines. Prior to her work with us she worked as a relationship counselor for intercultural marriages. She studied marketing in Bangkok and her pleasant and helpful character makes her a great addition to our team.