Sanja Halilkanovic

Leadership Development Professional


Hi there, I’m Sanja and I am a psychologist and a leadership and organizational development professional with 10 years of experience in fast-paced IT companies. Currently, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and entering the field of leadership development in wholesale. I am passionate about coaching, mental health, diversity, sustainability and cross-cultural differences. As a person, I am generally cheerful, calm, and pretty straight-forward in communication. Sound arguments are my anchor in work, as well as in life. I am originally from Serbia, but I have lived in the Netherlands and Germany for more than 6 years already. Everything I do comes from a desire to help everyone in the world feel a bit happier.


  • Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Cross-cultural Psychology


  • MSc in Economic Psychology, graduated with honors

    Tilburg University, the Netherlands

  • MSc in Cross-cultural Psychology, graduated with distinction

    Osnabrueck University, Germany

  • BA in Work & Organizational Psychology

    Belgrade University, Serbia


Organizational Development


Leadership Development


Internal Communication

Employee Engagement



Head of Leadership Development


Jul 2021 – Present Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Leadership development
  • Coordinating international talent programs
  • Learning journey conception and implementation
  • Psychometric personality testing
  • Serving as a Learning Partner for a cluster of countries

Culture & Engagement Lead

Hospitality Digital GmbH/ METRO Company

Feb 2020 – Jul 2021 Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Organizational Development and Company Culture
  • Employee Engagement
  • Recruitment
  • Performance Management
  • Team Coaching
  • Covid-19 Response Tactics

People & Culture Manager

MobiLab Solutions GmbH

Jul 2017 – Jan 2020 Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Organizational Development and Company Culture
  • People Development
  • Employee Engagement
  • Recruitment
  • People Analytics
  • Performance Management


University of Tilburg and University of Osnabrueck

Sep 2016 – Jul 2017 Netherlands and Germany
Took a short break from work to finish a double degree program in Cross-cultural and Economic Psychology.

People Development and Recruitment Business Partner


May 2012 – Jul 2016 Serbia

Responsibilities include:

  • Implementation of People Development and Recruitment strategy for the local office (300 employees)
  • Leading the local HR Team (5 people)
  • Providing strategic advice to the local Executive Board
  • Recruitment & Employer Branding
  • People Analytics
  • Performance Management

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

University of Belgrade

Oct 2011 – Apr 2012 Serbia

Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering practical lectures on the topics of Psychology in Management and Team Work
  • Coordinating student groups, grading assignments


Belgrade Youth Office, Department of Novi Beograd

Nov 2010 – Apr 2012 Serbia

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and delivering training sessions and job search seminars
  • Promoting activities of the office


Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC)

Reflector BIG5 Competency Assessment

CTI’s Co-Active Coaching Fundamentals

Intercultural Communication Trainer

Leadership Coaching

MBTI, personality dynamics, coaching, leadership

Fighting Youth Unemployment

NGO projects, youth activism, youth employment

Certified Trainer