leading is about inspiring people around you, promoting excellence, driving change and encouraging innovation within your team and the entire organization


coaching can change a life, transform an organization or a community


mentoring is providing professionals with the means to grow and develop personally and professionally through training and the sharing of experiences


training is at the heart of all personal and professional development



unabridged interventions are about building on your power and potential to effect positive and purposeful change – to be wholly yourself as you lead and achieve your goals


Unabridged Leadership


Inspire. Innovate. Excel.

Unabridged Coaching


Think. Experiment. Achieve.

Unabridged Mentoring


Share. Communicate. Advance.

Unabridged Learning


Grow. Develop. Succeed.


We work with global development professionals and organisations, helping them to enhance their performance and leadership to achieve more personal, organisational, and social impact.

Our clients include:

  • Women leaders: NGOs, Chiefs of Party, Country Directors, Department and Programme heads wanting to refine their leadership
  • Women transitioning to leadership roles wanting to define their leadership style; communicate with power and impact, and/or improve their negotiation skills
  • Executives wanting to improve their leadership presence and style or manage change
  • Professionals seeking to transition into global development work
  • Individuals looking to create their purpose and live their passion
  • NGOs embarking upon leadership development
  • INGOs wanting to improve their employee engagement
  • Corporates wanting to define a change strategy
women in leadership positions

Our clients are talented, socially aware, and keen to make a positive difference in the world. They want to raise their professional game – and together, that is what we do. 


It was a difficult moment in my professional career where I had to leave my comfort zone and take on new challenges. Palena with her kind and prompt approach was instrumental in navigating me through my concerns, fears, understandings and enlightenments. Our exchanges consistently facilitated learning and increased awareness of what were the gaps, perceptions and positive factors as well. A set of actions were always agreed upon during the sessions and additionally she would also send me great questions to continually help me with the management of said desired changes and achievements.

Rita Badiani, Project Director, Pathfinder International

I had the privilege to be in Professor Neale’s Geopolitics & International Business class during my MBA Programme. Professor Neale is by far, one of the most dedicated teacher I have had. I was looking forward to her classes every week because she always tries to bring out the best of each and every student of her class by challenging them, providing constructive critique for them to go deeper into their analysis. As a result, we always left the class knowing that we had learned something and we were improving. She always tries to provide interactive classes so everyone feels involved and interested. She gladly shares her amazing professional knowledge with us and provides human and professional advice. She is an amazing teacher that I highly recommend, who has inspired me and who made me feel that I had made the right decision by choosing the Geopolitics concentration for my MBA.

Jessica David, MBA at the American Business School of Paris 

Palena brings out the best in you! She really pushes your boundaries and supports you to find your own solutions to everyday personal or professional issues. All of what I learned during our sessions, I am currently putting into practice on a daily basis. The self-learning and reflection is immense and something I will carry with me throughout my career.
Thank you!

Yvonne Henry, Senior Programmes Manager, WomenWin

Palena’s sessions have been an eye-opener for me. Each session widens your world view and brightens the path that you see for your future. Her style of facilitation is very engaging and encourages you to think and introspect deeply.

Sankalp Jain, NGO India

Palena is an acute listener, with great warmth and empathy for her coachee. Sessions are focused, goals agreed at the outset, and gentle yet determined enquiry, challenge, humour and intuition, leads to clear actions, insight and learning. Palena helped me to hold myself accountable for my actions at all times. I learnt that trusting the process is key to the coachee achieving great results. Personally I found that pushing against self-imposed barriers can be liberating. I made progress with many of the topics that we discussed and having Palena as my thinking partner enriched the actions I took.

Wendy Russell, Managing Director, Harper Russell, Ltd

It has been a special experience and an honor to have had Pr. Palena Neale both as a professor and a mentor. As a student I had the privilege to learn not just from her extensive academic knowledge but also from her diverse and rich professional experience. As a mentor she not only thought me a lot about how to efficiently enter the professional world, but she helped me believe in myself. We all have our doubts and down moments, and she took the time to listen, understand and help me grow as a person. I sometimes felt like I was asking too much of her, but she always responded with honesty, kindness and rigor.

Pr. Neale is not just professor and a mentor to me, she’s an inspiration and am grateful.

Diane Domkam – Institutional Affairs Officer, Engie, France

I learnt that coaching is a helpful approach and can lead to self realization and positive thinking. I started understanding art of coaching and a distinct coaching style from Palena. She is wonderful person and I was very comfortable communicating with her even though we never knew each other before or ever met in person. The video calls helped and I realized distance does not matter if you have the right intention.

Shaonli Shaonli Chakraborty, Assistant Director, Swasti Health Catalyst

working together

How will we work together?

Book an initial Discovery Meeting (free of charge) to explore options.

  • Executive and business coaching
  • Leadership Coaching for Women Working in Global Development
  • Mentoring programmes
  • Learning interventions
  • Consultancy

As an executive and leadership coach, I adhere to both the Barefoot Coaching Ltd. Code of Conduct for Coaches and the ICF Code of conduct.

All consulting, coaching, mentoring and learning interventions are tailor-made and designed to respond to your needs. For certain assignments, I work with other associates, forming a team of experts.


We work face-to-face at your office in the Paris area, or by Skype for international clients. I am also available to travel, on prior agreement.

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