Astrid is the founder and Managing Director of Week53, a company that focuses on developing leadership personalities and change management based on the Japanese martial art Aikido. She is trained as a somatic coach and employs a combination of physical and mental approaches.
Astrid von Soosten, CFRE, is also a partner at Brakeley Fundraising Consultants. She has consulted with numerous international non-governmental organizations, universities, and cultural organizations and has also worked as a frontline fundraiser. In her 25+ years of fundraising career, she spent 10 years in the US.
Astrid majored in Chinese Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and at Fudan University in Shanghai. She has been studying Aikido for 25 years and holds a 4th-degree black belt.