ICF Foundation Council of Ambassadors

ICF Foundation Council of Ambassadors are in place to work alongside the chapter and members. They ignite passion for social progress and engage participation in our initiatives. These subject matter experts work to communicate the strategy, plans, and projects with ICF Chapters. To connect with an Ambassador in your region, email information@foundationoficf.org.

Senem Anataca, PCC
Senem Anataca, PCCAmbassador
As the founder of 180UTC, Senem Anataca, LL.B, LL.M, CPQC, CPCC, PCC is passionate and about holding safe and trusted space for leaders so that they live their authentic potential boldly. Senem truly believes that coaching is the vehicle to create social impact and a better word. She has deep experience in coaching leaders all around the world and finds it the fastest way of touching millions lives due to ripple effect. She is a member of Forbes Coaches Council, Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, Dubai Business Women Council, DubaiCares, ICF Foundation Society and ICF UAE Chapter Board. Her contributions to the coaching profession and community are recognized by multiple international awards such as Best Life Coach, Best Executive Coach, Best EMEA Coach, Most Influential Coach and Women Leader to Follow in 2023 and Coaching Company of the Year. Senem pays forward by raising fund under Turk Egitim Vakfi-TEV (Turkish Education Foundation) for the students who does not have enough financial resources to complete their university education in Türkiye. She support many volunteering projects as a mentor in UAE. She enjoys magic room of CTI Dubai and spends time to assist or tech-host Coach Training Programs. She published Leader’s Planner 2023 as a yearly planner and guide for the leaders she has been coaching. In addition to many international interviews, podcasts and live talks, her articles in cooperation with Forbes Coaches Council Expert Panel has been featured by Forbes in 2023.
Carla Villacorta Torres, MCC
Carla Villacorta Torres, MCCAmbassador
With more than 30 years of experience as an Executive and Corporate Coach, Carla has accumulated more than 8,000 hours as a professional Coach. She has worked with more than 8,000 people in three languages and in 16 countries (USA, Europe, and LATAM). She has directed the Latin American School of Integral Coaching (ACTP) and Coaching People Peru for more than 22 years. She has diverse training in Ontological Coaching, NLP, and Transformational. She has developed a career as a psychologist, graduating as an REBT psychoanalyst and psychotherapist from the Albert Ellis Institute NYC. As an expert in emotional intelligence and leadership, she trained at Wharton – University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Johnson Graduate School of Management – Cornell University, and in Family Business at Incae Business School. Carla firmly believes in the strong connection with her Coachees to obtain results, adding value to the top-line executives in her professional experience. Aware of caring for the planet, she has completed a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Barcelona.
In 2009 she earned the PCC credential, and in 2018 she became a Master Certified Coach. She served on the ICF Peruvian Charter Chapter Board as a volunteer leader, served as Vice President and participated in Latin American activities to promote the ICF. During 2020 she was the Spokesperson for Latin America. Certified as a Mentor, she accompanied European Coaches to achieve ICF professional credentials.
She is an active volunteer for the LibreFoundation, an NGO from the Netherlands that develops social leaders on gender and inclusion issues in Central and South America. She cooperates with the Peruvian government with the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Education focused on vulnerable populations. She is happy to serve and leave a seed in people to make things happen.
Dr. Uttara Pattanaik, PhD, PCC
Dr. Uttara Pattanaik, PhD, PCCAmbassador
Dr. Uttara Pattanaik is an accomplished industry leader, a change agent, a strategic leadership consultant, an ICF credentialed Executive & Leadership Coach (PCC) and a personal mastery expert. Uttara was the former Board member of Delhi / NCR Chapter of International Coach Federation (ICF) where she served as the Vice – President and Director CSR during 2016-2019. She worked as a Council of Ambassador 2020-2022 at ICF Foundation, working with ICF coaches around the world to accelerate and amplify social change through coaching. Uttara also served in the Board of National Coaching Council under Women’s Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industries (WICCI). To recognize their innovative yet strategic approach to coaching, UPCS has been recently awarded the “100 Most Influential Coaching Leaders Award 2023” by World HRD Congress & Times Ascent. UPCS also received the “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Coaching 2021” under the organization award category, by India Mentors & Business Coaching. For the visionary and transformational work in the area of leadership development, Uttara has also been awarded the prestigious Women’s Icon Award 2018. Uttara is also the Founder and Managing Director of Uttara Pattanaik Consulting Services (UPCS), a boutique management consulting firm that focuses on building mindful strategic leadership capabilities in individuals, teams and organizations, enabling them to be their best version. Uttara is committed to humanize leadership and change the global leadership landscape by creating inspiring leaders & influencers who can create ripple effect in their ecosystem and society. Uttara’s diverse business and leadership experiences enable her to build leadership capabilities, drive excellence across all levels and inspire people to celebrate their inner potential and constantly explore new boundaries for themselves. Uttara comes with strong strategic business experience of over 23 years in various senior leadership positions at national and international levels with leading companies in Life Sciences and Healthcare.
Bryan Powell, PCC
Bryan Powell, PCCAmbassador
Bryan partners with executives, emerging leaders, and their teams as a certified coach. His “Why” is to see the strengths and greatness in others so that they will see it for themselves and unleash their full potential. He holds his PCC certification through the International Coaching Federation and holds several other certifications in areas such as Intelligent Leadership, 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, DISC, Motivators, and Stakeholder 360 Coaching among others. Bryan also is an active Board Member of the Orange County chapter of the International Coaching Federation to assist in expanding the capacity and impact of coaching.
Michael Kobrin, ACC
Michael Kobrin, ACCAmbassador
Michael is the founder and CEO of Creaity, a social enterprise increasing access to life-changing coaching and career development programs. He is also an instructor and head career coach in the Intercultural Skills Lab at the Rotman School of Management, where he supports internationally-trained professionals in navigating their careers in Canada. As a CPA, certified coach, and professional photographer, Michael offers a unique and creative approach to individual and organizational transformation. He has worked in a number of large global organizations, including EY, Deloitte and OMERS, and his expertise spans multiple business functions from learning and development to finance and risk management. Michael is passionate about social innovation and democratizing access to coaching, and recently completed an executive program in social impact strategy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a volunteer mentor with Futurpreneur, a national Canadian non-profit that provides financing and mentoring support to aspiring young business owners. While Michael’s career path may appear unconventional, it has been driven by a singular purpose – to empower human potential through learning, coaching and community.
Kenneth Chai, ACC
Kenneth Chai, ACCAmbassador
Kenneth is the Chairman of a Malaysian public listed company, the Founder of a business/corporate management consultancy outfit, a corporate mentor and an International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach. He has over 20 years of corporate management experience across various industries that span from Malaysia to other regional countries. His areas of expertise include corporate planning and strategy, corporate finance, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement.

Leveraging on his experience at BOD and C-Suite levels, and his passion for people development, he aspires to be a positive change catalyst and help executives and leaders become better versions of themselves. Specialising in emotional intelligence, he hopes to inspire and shape emotionally intelligent future leaders and develop leaders to lead with emotional intelligence.

Kenneth is a passionate advocate of coaching and mentoring, which he believes will help create awareness and improve clarity, and with that comes positive action and confidence.

Lisa Gruenloh, ACC
Lisa Gruenloh, ACCAmbassador
Lisa Gruenloh, MPAP, CPC Lisa is Founder and President of Purpose Journey, Inc, a consulting, coaching, and training firm focused on organizational and leadership development; team effectiveness; and stakeholder communication, engagement, and well-being. She is an ICF-certified executive and emotional intelligence coach who works with a wide variety of leaders and organizations that are purpose-grounded, human-centric, and impact-driven. Over her 25+ year career, Lisa has served in leadership positions in a variety of corporate, government, advocacy, philanthropy, and consulting organizations throughout the country. Her Community Impact Concierge program leverages her experience in all of these disciplines to help clients and community partners to optimize their business and social impact. She has a deep passion for cultivating connection, finding common ground among diverse stakeholders, and co-creating positive change. She is especially energized by participating in cross-sector collaborations and achieving results in challenging, complex environments where the opportunity for transformation and impact is often the greatest – and most urgent. In addition to numerous coaching and assessment certifications, Lisa holds two graduate degrees from American University in Washington, DC – a Master of Public Administration and Policy (2020) and a Master of Public Communication (2000). She earned her undergraduate degree in Government and Broadcasting/Communication from Northwest Missouri State University. As a business owner and entrepreneur, Lisa has contributed hundreds of hours of professional pro-bono service to local and national organizations and causes. Additionally, since launching Purpose Journals by Purpose Journey® in 2020, she has donated thousands of her writing journals to non-profits (from domestic violence shelters, recovery centers, and hospitals to youth development, social advocacy, and leadership programs) under her initiative Journal for Change®, which in now a 501(c)(3) expanding its mission nationally.
Inayat Abbas Firdousi, ACC
Inayat Abbas Firdousi, ACCAmbassador
The earth does not try and change a lemon seed to an orange fruit but helps the lemon seed grow to be the best lemon fruit by providing the right conditions for this to happen. Inayat believes that his role is similar to that of the earth by does provides the right atmosphere and conditions to thrive whether it is an individual, couple, team or any relationship. A certified ORSC (Organizational and Systems Relationship Coach), Inayat helps deliver profound results by focusing on: surfacing and clarifying emotional processes, recognizing and dealing with toxic emotional processes, clarifying how people communicate & why people stop communicating, understating the apparent & not apparent roles that impact a relationship and identifying & dealing with conflict. As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach Abbas uses this methodology of coaching which focuses on the whole person rather that a part of the person helping each individual mine the gold and diamonds that are within the individual client Inayat is a marital mediator trained in the UK under a program accredited by the College of Mediators as well as a civil mediator with the CIArB (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) both Kenya and UK. Coaching is one of the main paths Inayat walks along to fulfil his life purpose “I am the nomad who plants mango trees”