Alex Efthymiades – Director
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Alexandra has fifteen years of domestic and international experience in the field of organisational conflict management, mediation and training. Alex first trained as a community mediator in the South Bronx, New York, before becaming an accredited workplace mediator in London. Prior to establishing Consensio, Alex was Director of Training Services for a London-based workplace mediation provider.
Before Consensio, Alex worked for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva. She also worked for one of Honduras’ leading women’s rights organisations, where she developed and delivered conflict resolution training courses.
Alexandra holds two Masters degrees: an M.A. in Organisational Psychology, with a concentration in conflict resolution, from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York; and an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She can deliver Consensio’s services in English, German and Portuguese.
Anna Shields – Director
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Anna is an experienced mediator and trainer who combines a deep understanding of conflict management with a commercial background. Prior to establishing Consensio, Anna was Director of Mediation Services for a London-based workplace mediation provider.
Anna has acted as an intermediary throughout her career. She started her professional life in executive search, worked for Heidrick and Struggles, and was also a founding partner at Hammond Haspel, a leading City firm. Her interest in conflict dates back to her University days, where she received a B.A. (Hons) in International History and Politics at the University of Leeds.
Nearly ten years ago, Anna trained as a community mediator in London and then became an accredited workplace mediator. Anna’s practical experience is backed by theoretical thinking: she studied both mediation and coaching at University. She also attended a one-year postgraduate course in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, where she gained a Distinction.
Anna is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute.