Dr. Jan Bodo Sperling

Consultant, Trainer, Founder of Coverdale Germany
Coverdale Deutschland

"I am committed to the goal of ensuring that people not only know and discuss but also do; that they not only reach agreements but also keep them; and that all of this happens on the basis of mutual benefit."

Consulting and training focuses

  • Consulting organizational development measures, team training
  • Strategies for negotiation, conflict management and mediation
  • Understanding, processing and overcoming cultural change
  • Coaching senior managers


German, English, French, Italian


Books on the subjects of:

  • Intercultural work problems
  • The sociology of developing countries
  • Technology transfer
  • Facilitation as a management responsibility

Education and training

  • Certified as a tradesman in carpentry and sawmill specialist
  • Degree in Industrial Business Management and Economics from the University of Marburg
  • Studies in Sociology and Political Science, doctoral degree (Dr. rer. Pol.) from the University of Aachen
  • Year of research in "Sociology of Developing Countries” at Harvard University

Professional experience

  • Managing Director of a wholesale firm
  • Assistant to the Board of Directors of a major company
  • Director of Personnel and Social Affairs at a major construction site/metallurgical plant in India
  • Academic assistant at the Institute of Political Science, University of Aachen
  • Director of Human Resources and Training of the FAO (United Nations), Rome
  • Academic Director of the International Turin Centre of the ILO (United Nations), Turin