Mies de Koning



Mies leads internal Talent Development and Engagement team at The New York Public Library and is the Head of Community Engagement for the Association for Coaching in the East US. In addition, Mies coaches (management) teams across industries to overcome strategic gaps, fix wicked problems or resolve interpersonal conflict (www.actionlearningnewyork.com). He has 20 years experience in Social Innovation and Group/Organizational Development. Complex issues are addressed with straightforward and powerful coaching that immediately improves the quality of communication and “responsible autonomy” in the group.

Intrigued by group-dynamics and social psychology, Mies started his career by practicing experiential, creative, systemic, cognitive-behavioral and solution focused group therapy for young people and their families in mental healthcare. Building on this early career experience he moved his work towards academia and advanced change management, after gaining Masters degrees in Change Management and in Social and Community Studies.

Mies managed faculty, research and curriculum for the Social Work- Change Leadership Program at Avans University, consecutively the number one University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. He lectured Group Dynamics and Change management, built organizational networks for knowledge creation and social innovation with public and private partner organizations.

An award winning team coach (Global Coaching Excellence Award- World Institute for Action Learning, 2018), facilitator and TedX speaker, Mies has worked on team and leadership development in Business, Non-Profit ,Academia and Healthcare. His clients include some of New York’s top cultural and philanthropic institutions, American/European governmental organizations, and global law firms.