Meet the Coaches Rising Team

Coaches Rising was founded in 2009 by two friends passionate about coaching and the dynamics of change.

Now a thriving small company our team creates deep transformative training programs for coaches.

Our online programs have been attended by thousands of coaches from all over the world.

Our purpose is to help evolve the field and practice of coaching.

Joel Monk – Co-Founder and Podcast Host

I’m the co-founder of Coaches Rising and very passionate about the role coaches can play in our turbulent times. I’m also a coach and have worked with hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs and CEO’s from many different countries around the world.

I’m inspired to take a cross paradigmatic approach to my coaching and I’m influenced by – developmental theory, Steve March & Aletheia coaching, Thomas Hübl, Circling, Doug Silsbee, Purpose Guiding, Somatics, Focusing, AEDP….

I also host the Coaches Rising podcast where I interview incredible people to explore how they work with others to facilitate transformation.

I live in Amsterdam with my beautiful family.

Ewan Townhead – Partner and Marketing Lead

I’m all about the new business paradigm. The one where we create our Work as work. I know of no business strategy more powerful than that of radical self discovery. I know of no spiritual path more complete than that of creating a business from your deepest heart.

Here at Coaches Rising, I head up all our marketing efforts—how we connect with the people out there that are thirsty for deep transformational coaching. I have helped Joel And Laurens grow the company for some years, and formally came on board as partner in early 2020. 

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Ellen Waenink – Facilitator of Actualization Session

I facilitate the Actualization Sessions. I’m passionate about creating relational fields for deep connection and sacred practice spaces. It’s an honour and delight for me to contribute to the vision of Coaches Rising to evolve the coaching field and support transformational encounters.

For the rest I work as a transformational coach, leader and trainer of Circling (a relational, presence practice) and facilitator of collective presencing processes. I live in Amsterdam with Joel and our two children. I look forward to connecting with you!

Karim Hirani
Karim Hirani – Learning Architect

I love the mystery of consciousness development. I see coaching as a transformative vehicle through which we awaken our heart and soul to serve. I joined Coaches Rising in September 2022 as Learning Architect, where I have the gift of partnering our world class faculty in designing cutting edge programs.

I am also researching and developing AI and coaching at a management consultancy, where I have lead the Leadership & Coaching business and co-authored a book about worldview change & coaching. I am also a student of the Diamond Approach.

Words people use to describe me: wise, silly, loving, brave, bright and playful. Oh, and silly!

Nathalie Galfrascoli

Nathalie Galfrascoli – Course Steward

If you participate in one of our programs, you’ll get to know me quite well. I fill a role we call Course Steward which means I look after the running of all our live trainings.

I am also a musician currently training in voicework – a transformational practice to heal through the authenticity, creativity and power of our voice. I love being in nature and live close to the sea on the island of Mallorca.

Jody Hennings – Finance

I’m the person who crunches the numbers and connects the data at Coaches Rising. From bookkeeping to financial analysis to attendance tracking to metrics dashboards, I strive to weave stories from numbers.

I am also a transformative coach who works with expats and internationals and am pursuing certification in Hakomi, a mindfulness-oriented somatic therapy. In my free time, I love to grow things and make things.

Philip Watson – Customer Support
If you need help with anything, you’ll come through to me. I answer all our emails, help our students with admin matters, and generally make sure everyone is happy and has what they need!

In addition to collaborating with Coaches Rising, I facilitate and teach Circling in English and Spanish. I also work as a music producer and singer-songwriter. I live near Mexico City with my wife Liz and our son Alexander. I love the writings of Ken Wilber, the film The Big Lebowski and the music of The Beatles.

Jason Lange – Technology and Website

I’m the guy behind the scenes making our whole website and ecosystem fit together. I code everything, put the webpages together, and make sure our company has the technology infrastructure it needs to keep growing.

When not working for Coaches Rising, I’m either making films, leading men’s workshops or spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter at home in California.