Since 2005, Raija has been coaching individual executives and management teams from a variety of industries. She couples her coaching experience with 20 years of professional experience in several executive positions in Sales & Marketing. She has acted as a corporate director leading a business unit and been a member of several management teams.

She is a founder and ex-board member of International Coach Federation’s Finland chapter. She holds a Professional Certified Coach Certificate of ICF. Raija is also a mentor coach for credentialing coaches and coaching skills trainer for corporate executives, and lecturer at some higher learning institutes. Her corporate background together with her studies of change management, evidence-based-coaching and leadership forms a sound basis for her coaching. Currently, Raija has completed her PhD thesis on 'Coaching of international international Managers: organizational and individual perspectives'  at the Vaasa University’s Business School, Department of Management.

Among her clients are individual leaders and management teams of Finnish and international companies. Raija’s coaching toolbox consists of proven theories, inspiration and creativity. Her coaching approach is evidence‐based and she likes to challenge her clients. She has an ability to move her coachees quickly from an awareness stage to concrete actions. Raija understands coaching as a future and solution focused process where her client’s individual and corporate goals & strategies are combined.


  • Leadership
  • Transition
  • Merger & Acquisition Support
  • Performance Breakthrough
  • Team Development
  • Mentor Coaching
  • Career Coaching

  • PhD, University of Vaasa, Business School, Department of Management, Finland
  • MA, University of Turku, Finland
  • Diploma on translation & interpretation, Turku Language Institute, Finland
  • Leadership Academy, Leader’s Business School, Finland
  • Change Management, Technical University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Certified Business Coach, Business Coaching Institute, Finland
  • Evidence-Based-Coaching Certificate, Fielding Graduate University, USA
  • Professional-level certification (PCC), International Coach Federation
  • Certifications: SHL’s 360 Assessment, Work Personality Indicator (WOPI), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step I + II, Intercultural Trainer Foundation Course (ITFC) ®, JCA Emotional Intelligence for teams
  • Language and culture courses at the Universities of Heidelberg, Edinburgh and Vienna



Salomaa, R. (2011) Expatriate Coaching. Conference Proceedings, European Academy of Management, Tallinn, June 1 – 4.

Salomaa, R. (2012) A Conceptual Research Framework for studying coached Expatriates. Conference Proceedings, European Academy of Management, Rotterdam.

Salomaa, R. (2013) Antecedents of successful coaching of international assignees. Preliminary findings presented at EIASM workshop on new analyses of expatriation in Paris, December 2012.

Salomaa, R. (2013) Coaching of Key Talents in the Global Context. EIASM, 2nd workshop on Talent Management, Brussels, October 7.- 8, 2013.

Salomaa, R. (2014) Coaching of Key Talents in Multinational Companies. Conference proceedings of 13th International Human Resource Management Conference, Cracow 2014.

Salomaa, R. (2014) Coaching of Key Talents in Multinational Companies in Global Talent Management – Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities. edited by Dr. Akram Al Ariss,  Heidelberg: Springer. See the Abstarct here.

Salomaa, R. (2015) Expatriate Coaching: Factors impacting coaching success.  Journal of Global Mobility, 3(3), 216 - 243. Permanent link to this document. See the Abstract here.

Salomaa, R. & Mäkelä, L. (2015) Expatriates’ experiences concerning coaching as a part of their career capital development. Conference Proceedings of the Academy of Management’s HRD Conference in Cork, Ireland, June 2015

Abbott, N.G. and Salomaa, R. (forthcoming) Cross-cultural coaching: An emerging practice. Sage Handbook of Coaching edited by Tatjana Bachkirova, Gordon Spence and David Drake. See the Introduction here.

Salomaa, R. & Mäkelä, L. (2017) Coaching for Career Capital Development: A study of expatriates’ narratives. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 15(1). See the Introduction here.


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