About Us

Rappstone Team

We are a team of dedicated coaches with established backgrounds in finance, coaching, mental fitness and law with over 50 years of combined expat/transitions experience in Asia, Europe and the US. It is our unique set of skills and experiences that we bring to each and every client, no matter where you are or what you do.

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Birgit Rappold

Birgit’s passion has always been supporting people in achieving their strongest selves. She is committed to helping clients unlock and expand their inner power to lift off towards a brighter future. Birgit gets her energy from seeing the powerful growth people can achieve when their true inner nature is unleashed.

Birgit is the founder of Rappstone Professional Coaching and is a leading executive and professional Coach, certified by University of Texas at Dallas and ICF credentialed.

Birgit has a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Clinical Psychology degree from Ludwig-Maximillian’s Universität, Munich and is a trained cognitive behavioral therapist. Birgit is a strong believer in lifelong learning and loves to follow her inner drive and enthusiasm towards personal and professional growth.

She is also a certified Pilates trainer and Mindfulness expert, seeing the importance of integrating the whole human being to achieve greatness. To deepen her knowledge in this area, she trained as a Mental Fitness Coach with Positive Intelligence to become a certified Mental Fitness Coach.

Birgit has been living in Asia for the past 15 years in 4 different countries and has worked with people across the globe.

Her diverse professional experience in psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing and her engagement with various cultures uniquely positions her to support people in achieving their true passion, transformational goals and inner balance.

Masters in Leadership and Organizational Development, University of Texas at Dallas, USA, 2020

Executive Coach Certification, University of Texas at Dallas, USA, 2018

Personal Trainer Certification, ISSA, USA, 2012

Pilates Mat and Apparatus Certification, Physical Mind Institute, Thailand, 2008

Approbation Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist, Germany, 2006

Masters in Clinical Psychology at Ludwig Maximilian’s Universität, Germany, 2000

Ken Rappold, CPA, CFA, FRM, FLMI

Ken is a Co-Founder of Rappstone and a seasoned C-suite executive with 30 years of work experience across US, Europe and Asia.

He is a member of the International Coaching Federation and has been coaching since 2017.

His focus is on helping people achieve their peak performance in pursuing their personal and professional goals through applying Positive Intelligence.

Executive Coaching Certification, U.K., 2018

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Certified Financial Risk Manager (CRM)

Masters in Applied Economics, John Hopkins University, USA

Masters in Professional Accounting, University of Texas, USA, 1993

Liad Nyman

Liad is an affiliate coach with Rappstone and the founder of The Kadima Group, a Legal & Professional Consulting and Coaching company. She is a Consultant and Coach, and a New York qualified attorney, with over 10 years’ experience working in Asia.

Liad’s approach focuses on giving clients the tools and awareness to move towards their professional and personal goals and is powered by the believe that as long as we are moving forward, we are building and growing towards the person we want to become, and the goals we want to achieve. She uses consulting and coaching methods with her clients to clarify goals and take measurable steps to facilitate the change they want.

Liad also supports her clients with group/team coaching aimed at promoting strategic thinking, constructive change and effective collaboration.  She does this by building proficiency in reflection, reframing, and problem solving.

In her business development roles for major global law firms, she worked with the partners to identify workplace efficiencies, facilitate business growth, and implement metrics to inform strategic decisions.

Liad’s international background is an essential component of her approach and gives her a keen sensitivity to transitions across cultures and businesses. She is currently living in Hong Kong, and has lived in Asia, Europe, and U.S.

TPC Leadership Coach Practitioner Program, Hong Kong, 2019

St. Johns School of Law, Queens NY, 2003

J.D. Degree – Admitted to the New York State, Bar, 2010

University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA, Bachelor in Business Administration Marketing /Psychology, 2009

Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong China SAR, High School Diploma, 1999

Testimonials

What our clients say about us

I really enjoyed working with Liad! She is professional yet personable and a very good listener. Her line of questioning helped me lay out my overall career goals and break down those goals into smaller, more immediately actionable items. I walked away from each session with more clarity about my next steps and feeling more empowered to do them. My entire experience with Liad felt productive and efficient.

Client

Tech Industry

I was really surprised how I could come to my own solution through the way Birgit was asking questions to brighten the situation. Never thought of this positive impact coaching can have!

Nadja

Senior Project Manager

I feel privileged to have Birgit as my coach. I was at a crossroad in my life and I was not happy privately and professionally, having returned home after living abroad for 12 years.
Birgit asks the right questions and has led me to very solid decisions – decisions that I would have never anticipated. Now I know what is truly important in my life and also professionally.
With every talk she initiated my courage to make changes, embrace them and move forward by making choices that benefit me.
Birgit has been an exemplary professional coach. She showed genuine interest in my life and professional situation and her support was vital for my decisions. I´m grateful for having found her, she is a real gem.

Marion Englert

Freelance Consultant Communications, Marketing & Events

Testimonials

What our clients say about us

I really enjoyed working with Liad! She is professional yet personable and a very good listener. Her line of questioning helped me lay out my overall career goals and break down those goals into smaller, more immediately actionable items. I walked away from each session with more clarity about my next steps and feeling more empowered to do them. My entire experience with Liad felt productive and efficient.

Client

Tech Industry

I really looked forward to my coaching sessions with Birgit. She always offered support and assistance to find a new perspective of things and different ways of moving forward with new ideas to achieve the defined goal of the session. She is a very good listener and is able to gather information by asking the right questions at the right time to implement change. Very refreshing and motivating.

Frauke

When a doctor uses an ultrasound machine, she gently and non-invasively makes the hidden – that what lies within – visible. And just like that, issues may become detectable and solutions can be determined.
Birgit’s gentle, sensitive and empathetic coaching sessions work in similar ways. Her guiding questions promote reflection and facilitate new perceptions which pave the way for new perspectives and opportunities to move forward.
Our coaching sessions quickly made me see things from new angles and gain new in insights about myself which increased my inner balance. And on top of that, they gave me a feeling of empowerment, as it was me who – led by Birgit’s insightful and skilled guidance – discovered my own solutions.
What a great experience!

Anja Doyle

Educational Consultant

Working with Birgit Rappold as my personal coach has been a very positive and enriching experience. Birgit is an excellent facilitator and she was a huge support in helping me develop a plan to carry out a long time personal goal. Her insights and perceptions enabled me to see things in a different light to address them in a constructive manner.

Most of all I felt a sense of empowerment, which was extremely rewarding.

Susanne Branham

Global Insights Manager (Shell Lubricants)

I feel privileged to have Birgit as my coach. I was at a crossroad in my life and I was not happy privately and professionally, having returned home after living abroad for 12 years.
Birgit asks the right questions and has led me to very solid decisions – decisions that I would have never anticipated. Now I know what is truly important in my life and also professionally.
With every talk she initiated my courage to make changes, embrace them and move forward by making choices that benefit me.
Birgit has been an exemplary professional coach. She showed genuine interest in my life and professional situation and her support was vital for my decisions. I´m grateful for having found her, she is a real gem.

Marion Englert

Freelance Consultant Communications, Marketing & Events