Project Partners

Waterford works closely with carefully vetted Project Partners in support of the work we do for you, our clients.  Each project partner is chosen because of their specific experience, expertise, and dedicated commitment to client service excellence.


Please read on to learn more about the impressive backgrounds of these talented professionals in our field.

Christoph Stein:
Coach, Consultant and Trainer

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About Christoph

The essence of Christoph's professional thinking is the question: what makes people and organizations change and grow, and how can he trigger this process and help his clients to achieve excellence in line with their values. He is fascinated by the link between Nature and our Emotions and eager to discover and learn more about this connection. His professional focus is linked to his own personality: He is curious and keen to learn, convinced that every person is able to discover and use their specific individual talents. Understanding people and communicating with them is essential for his work. He has lived in several countries and is fluent in five languages.

Coaching Experience

Christoph's interest in people and the way they organize themselves evolved from his studies in political science, and his focus on organizational development led him to become a certified coach working with both individuals and teams. He is a trained ontological coach but uses different approaches such as neuro-linguistic programming and emotional intelligence tools. In addition, he is a certified Shinrin-Yoku coach and works with groups and individuals in the Forest. He is convinced that Nature experience and connection are a gateway to connect with our emotions. We are part of Nature and we need to reconnect. This reconnection will help us to join the different efforts for a social and ecological transformation of our societies.

Through deep listening, he connects with his clients and listens to what they are saying, and what they are expressing without words. What makes his profession so unique are the moments when a client suddenly understands with his mind and heart where he wants to go and when a sudden change in perception opens a new door for transformation.

Professional Development

What really helped Christoph to grow was his work with individuals and organizations in more than twenty different countries. His involvement in their development and the feedback he received helped him to question his approach and to constantly adapt to new challenges. He had the opportunity to lead multi-cultural teams in different countries and gathered firsthand experience in managing human resources. He can look back at many years of successful collaboration with an extensive range of public institutions, private sector companies, and third sector organizations. His professional experience as a Manager in a conservation organization helped him to understand the multilevel link between ourselves and Nature in its whole.

Jim Burke: 
Foresight and Solutions Navigator at DeepDive Foresight

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About Jim

Jim Burke is founder and Foresight and Solutions Navigator at DeepDive Foresight, bringing clients warnings about surprises before they are surprised


  • Collaborates with clients to understand the jobs to be done

  • Taps into his decades of successful long-view analyses, planning, and innovation experiences

  • Creates specific, actionable insights and recommendations

  • Delivers mission- and people-focused foresight, strategic planning, change management, and advanced technology assessments.


Client Experience 

His clients have included:


  • Organizations in the Department of Defense during his first career in the US Air Force

  • Consulting to large and small organizations and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies and Defense and civil agencies.


Jim is collaborating with Waterford, Inc., to create pathways to personal transformation and identifying ways that the future potential of the circular economy will open innovative career opportunities.


His non-profit service includes: Vice Chairman of Ascent Virginia, dedicated to a clean energy economy in South West Virginia, former President of the D.C World Futures Society chapter, member of the Association of Professional Futurists, and former Chairs of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Virginia Interfaith Power & Light. His undergraduate degree is in history, with graduate degrees in Public Administration and Science and Technology Studies.

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