Author | Researcher | Public Speaker | NLP Master Trainer | Coach

Wassili Zafiris, born in 1964, is a highly respected figure in the realms of personal and organizational development. With over 25 years of experience, Wassili has garnered acclaim for his expertise in facilitating transformative processes for individuals and international organizations.

As the former mental coach of the Dutch Women’s Volleyball team for the 2016 Olympics (achieving fourth place), Wassili demonstrated his profound understanding of human potential and performance optimization.

In recognition of his contributions to organizational psychology, Wassili was awarded a fellowship from the International Institute of Organizational Psychological Medicine (IIOPM) in 2017. His forthcoming publication, “Stress and Relaxation in the Workplace,” slated for release in 2024 as part of the Oxford Textbook of Organizational Psychological Medicine, further solidifies his reputation as a thought leader in the field.

Educational background

Wassili holds certifications as a meta-coach, neuro-semantic trainer, and NLP Master Trainer. His diverse educational background encompasses neurology, physical therapy, emotional intelligence, and business management, providing him with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of human behavior and organizational dynamics.


Wassili is the author of several acclaimed books, including his latest work, “RELIEF,” scheduled for publication in summer 2024. This groundbreaking book introduces the RETaC method, which integrates cutting-edge neuroscience research with practical psychological tools for sustainable development and healthy relationships.

In his previous book, “Happiness is Depressing” (2019), Wassili unveils his innovative coaching method for transforming depression into zest for life. This step-by-step guide, endorsed by leading experts like Lucas Derks PhD, offers profound insights into overcoming the main causes of depression.

Additionally, Wassili has co-authored influential works such as “Meaningful Profit,”* nominated for Best Business and Management book awards, and “Appetite,”** which delves into the mindset of renowned chefs worldwide.

Developer | Professor | Board Member

Wassili is the developer of the RETaC Method and co-creator of the business model “Meaningful Profit.” He also formulated the model “Driven by Nature,” which explores the essential drives underlying human behavior.

As a faculty member of the Global School for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Wassili imparts his knowledge on leadership and entrepreneurship. He also conducts masterclasses on leadership at Nyenrode Business University.

Formerly, Wassili served on the board of the Dutch chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF), playing a pivotal role in its revitalization. His commitment to environmental conservation is evident through his involvement as a Climate Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Leader Group and his development of the animated video: The first worldwide crisis YOU can DO something about.

Wassili’s multifaceted expertise, combined with his passion for catalyzing positive change, continues to inspire individuals and organizations worldwide.

In Dutch:

*IK BEN niet alleen op de wereld
You can contact him for personal or business questions.


Modeling exceptional qualities and behaviors:

  • Organisational growth, development and research
  • Team development and cooperation
  • Individual growth and development
  • Self-actualising leadership and organisational development
  • The power of language for individual growth, organisational development and advertising

The psychology of:

  • High performers (F.E. stock market traders, entrepreneurs, pilots, athletes, leaders, politicians, performers, people who work with targets and deadlines.)
  • High performance teams (top teams in companies and sport)
  • Resilience and autonomy (dealing effectively with setback, resilience, burn-out, depression)
  • Flow, inner strength, self-actualisation and mastery
  • Motivation (autonomy, mastery, purpose)
  • Money and beliefs
  • The emotional regulation system

At the university of Santa Cruz (California.) he attended and assisted more than 10 NLP programs (1997-2013). He has been partner with NLP and leadership pioneer Robert Dilts in Silicone Valley in the ISVORDILTS strategy group. Wassili is author, public speaker and teaches at various institutes.

Author – 2x nominated

His book ‘IK BEN niet alleen op de wereld’, (2011 co-author Ben Steenstra) is nominated best ‘Business book 2011’ as well as best ‘Management book 2012’. As co-author of ‘Eetlust’ he met and modeled 10 internationally acclaimed chefs and their mindsets. He has been in the media with articles/interviews- Ode, NRC, Inzicht, Quest, Nu-sport, Parool, Sprout, De Zaak, Telegraaf, Life & Cooking, RTL, Veronica.

Public speaker

As public speaker he can be booked via Speakers Academy or directly. He spoke amongst others at the Erasmus University, the Action Learning Congress, at Marcom, Dialogues House (ABN AMRO HQ), Kirkman Company and he was keynote speaker at the IEP NLP congress 2011. He organised several international meetings like the  ‘European trainers & consultancy’ meeting and the  ‘Leadership lounge’ in Greece.

Education and remark-abilities

Development of the RETaC method, Relation Emotion Therapy and Coaching
Ambassador Mental Space Psychology (Dr Lucas Derks), Netherlands
Teacher Meaningful Profit and Facilitator of Entrepreneurial Development at the Global School for Entrepreneurship, Bachelor - Master - MBA
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the JungleBirds Foundation, a meaningful profit foundation
Author of ’Stress and relaxation in the workplace’ for the Oxford Textbook of Organizational Medicine
Fellowship Awarded (Honoris Causa) by the International Institute of Organizational Medicine
Metaphores of Movement training level 3 en 4, Andrew Austin, Utrecht, The Netherlands
ICF board member The Netherlands (International Coaching Federation), in charge of rebuilding the ICF NL and international ICF connections
Metaphores of Movement training level 1 and 2, Andrew Austin, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Board member in the Academic Advisory Council of the International Institute of Organisational Psychological Medicine
Judge in 2014 Prism Panel of Judges of the ICF (International Coaching Federation). This annual award program recognizes high achievement in organizational coaching. The Panel reviews the Award nominations, issue scores, and offer recommendations for the winning organization. This is a worldwide award and participation is global
Member ICF Europe Leadership nominating committee: Advising on electing and nominating candidates for Leadership position within the RAC (Regional Advisory Board of Europe) of the ICF (28.000 members worldwide)
ELM (European Leadership Meeting) spokesperson for ICF Netherlands
Certified NLP Master Trainer, Facilitator & Social Entrepreneur Developer- (University of Santa Cruz, California,) UCSC, NLPU- part 2 | Climate Leader with Al Gore- San Francisco, Reality Project
Board member International Coach Federation | Board member Dutch society of Neuro-Semantics | Board member, marketing commission ICF, International Coach Federation | Supervisor Master students Sports and Performance psychology, UVA
Certified NLP Master Trainer, Facilitator & Social Entrepreneur Developer- (University of Santa Cruz, California,) UCSC, NLPU- part 1 | Certified Neuro-semantic trainer’s training- Hong Kong
High performance coach for the National Olympic Comity (NOC/NSF) and the Dutch Women’s Volleyball team
Started and applied version of the training Wealthy-Mind, ‘Rijk Leven’ in the Netherlands | Certified Wealthy-mind trainer’s training, NLP institute California, USA | Richard Bandler, Design Human Engineering, Certified, Amsterdam
The Journey Intensive, Brandon Bays, London | Since 1997 coach en certified international meta-coach since 2005, London | Certified Self-actualisation trainer’s trainer, Portland, Oregon, USA
Neuro-semantic trainer provisional
The Matrix Model, Bob Bodenhammer, London School of Clinical Hypnosis
Generative Collaboration and 3de generation NLP- USCS, NLPU, (University van Santa Cruz, California, USA) | TimeLine Therapy, Tad James, London
Symbolic Modelling introduced in the Netherlands and presented for the first time in the Netherlands at the IEP NLP congress, the Netherlands
Introduced Neuro-semantics in the Netherlands | Certified leadership consultant, trainer en partner with ISVORDILTS, international leadership strategy group, Silicone Valley, USA
The Social Panorama Model of Social of Lucas Derks
Certified international NLP trainer since 1997 (University van Santa Cruz, California, Robert Dilts NLPU attended trainers training twice | Twice assistant trainer at the NLPU Trainer training | 1997 NLP Master practitioner training in Health, (University van Santa Cruz, California, Robert Dilts NLPU) | 1997 first introduction to Family Constellation work in California, followed by training in Family- and Organizational Constellation in the Netherlands | 1996 NLP Practitioner training, ITS London | In ’97 en ’98 assistant trainer at the practitioner en master program of ITS London | 1995 Economy & Philosophy (London School of Economic Science)
Between 1996-2000
Certification courses: Experiential Array (modeling) by David Gordon en Graham Dawes | Strategies of stock market traders master-class by Charles Faulkner | Spirit of Prosperity by McDonald & Dilts | Wealth & Money by Tim Hallbom | Metaphors by David Gordon | Metaphors by Charles Faulkner | Leadership by Sid Jacobson | Leadership van Joseph O’Conner | Health by Suzie Smit | Hypnoses by Stephen Gilligan | Symbolic Modeling by Lawley & Tompkins | Presentation training by Michael Colgrass, Pulitzer Prize winner
Meridian therapy, Amsterdam
Diploma Haptonomy, Academy of Haptonomy, Doorn
Physiotherapist, with honors Academy Leffelaar, Amsterdam | Specialization in Neurology