I founded KHD Consulting International to help organizations and individuals succeed in a global, multicultural, diverse and increasingly complex world. We make a difference by coaching, training and consulting with our clients to help them work better together as teams, be the inspiring and engaging leaders the organization and the world needs and supporting them through change and transitions.  Our edge is our expertise and first-hand experience in working and living globally, in managing complex cultural challenges in a diverse context, and excellent coaching skills from years of experience and psychological insight combined with a strategic business mindset.

I have the best job in the world, every day I get to help people find their strengths, passions and experience the joy of success.  Helping a leader find solutions to his or her challenges, be it leading and motivating staff, improved communication skills, or leading with both heart and head for business success and personal satisfaction, is what motivates me to succeed.

I coach and train teams to build trust in diverse contexts. Without trust performance is hard to grow, engagement will suffer and innovation wilt.  From deep trust grows constructive conflicts that allow for increased engagement, commitment and accountability resulting in organizational growth and performance.

Let us put our experience to work for you.


Nearly 20 years ago, I moved from Finland to the U.S. During these years, I’ve worked at the United Nations and Columbia University, raised a family and started my own successful global career and leadership consulting & coaching practice.

Seeking a broader horizon, I arrived at New York’s JFK Airport with two suitcases, a backpack, an F1 international student visa and a letter from my parents guaranteeing my financial security. 20 years later, I’m still here (albeit with a little more luggage).  Over the past years, I have relocated five times within the U.S. I have reinvented and rebuilt my career in the most competitive of environments—first as an immigrant to NYC with no prior U.S. work experience and, later, as a successful working mother of two.

It’s been quite an adventure but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

At the time, my work at the U.N. was a dream come true for me. It taught me about working in a global multicultural environment. There, I lead a team and specialized in international recruiting and staffing, global staff development & mobility and career support. I left the U.N. on my own initiative to pursue a more creative and entrepreneurial path. Since then I have built a successful practice as a career and leadership coach, corporate trainer and HR Consultant working with non-profit, for-profit and multilateral organizations.

I am a certified coach in  Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance  (LCOP) from Rutgers University / Philosophy IB – A Heidrick & Struggles Company.

I hold dual masters’ degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Political Science and Government, and, certificates in Cross-Cultural Competence Training, Adult Career Planning and Placement from NYU and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, in addition to my LCOP.

I’ve served in leadership positions as Vice President (VP) of the Board of Families in Global Transition (FIGT) and VP of the Board of the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce in NYC. I’m fluent in Swedish, English and Finnish and speak some French and a little German.

Katarina Holm-DiDio                                                              

Principal & Coach

I understand first-hand the challenges and rewards of change.

Katarina Holm-DiDio