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Natascha Nikolai

SYDA Foundation Board of Trustees

Natascha Nikolai

Natascha is an experienced communications consultant and coach to executives and teams. Her firm, Nikolai Consulting, specializes in developing communication skills to achieve high impact through clear and compelling messaging and collaborative relationships with audiences. In her career, Natascha has served distinguished clients, including McKinsey & Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Schmidt Futures, and Kaiser Permanente. She has been a faculty member of McKinsey & Company’s West Coast University consultant-training program for the past eight years.

Earlier in her career, Natascha taught courses in communications at Citrus College and San Diego State University in California.

Since 1995, Natascha has contributed her communications expertise to the SYDA Foundation, most recently as a director, coach, and speaker for live events at Shree Muktananda Ashram. Previously, she was co-head of the Live Events Department in Gurudev Siddha Peeth and head of the Live Events Department at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland. Natascha also served as the head of family satsangs at the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Los Angeles, California.

Natascha earned a BA and MA in communications at San Diego State University. She also received training in theater and film acting at Circle in the Square Theater Conservatory in New York City.

Natascha lives in California.