Michaela Haas, PhD, is the owner of HAAS live!, an international coaching company for media, mindfulness and communication training. She has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of the West, and other study centres in America and Europe. Since the age of sixteen, she has been working as a writer and interviewer for major European newspapers, magazines, and TV stations, including hosting many successful live talk-shows. She has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for more than twenty years.
Michaela is the author of Bouncing Forward, Dakini Power, co-author of Coco Schumann: der Ghetto-Swinger, translator of Light Comes Through, as well as contributor to and editor of several other books. In America, her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CBS, Psychology Today, Psych Central, and numerous online media.
As a successful writer, reporter and interviewer for Germany’s leading newspapers (e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit), magazines (e.g. SZ-Magazin, GEO) and TV stations (ARD, WDR, BR), she has more than 20 years of media experience. After graduating from the renowned German School of Journalism in Munich, she hosted a successful and award-winning 90 minute live-TV show for many years and received critical praise for it. In addition to her journalist work, she completed her PhD in Asian Studies at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelm-University in Bonn, Germany, in 2008.
Since 2001 she has been successfully coaching top executives and leading group trainings. As a public speaker, she has an uncanny knack for making her audience laugh while also making them think. Her message of embracing mindfulness and human values has inspired audiences of every kind, from CEOs to college students, educators to engineers, nonprofits to business leaders.