Laurent Chouraqui


Passionate about accompanying men and women in their professional roles, Laurent has been coaching since 2009. In 2012 he created Step Ahead Consulting his own company and specializes in career coaching as well as executive and team coaching. In fact he coaches and facilitates in such environments as the media and Hi Tech where he was an entrepreneur and a manager as well as other sectors (finance, banking, luxury, automotive, etc.).

Laurent loves to be confronted with the variety of the many cultures and frames of reference of organizations. In fact, he was associated to projects based on collective intelligence where facilitation addressed up to 500 people.

As a sports lover he associates executive coaching with golf and running helping managers to think about their professional issues either on an 9 to 18 holes course or during a morning run in town or in any other conditions.

Finally he enjoys languages and in addition to French he is fluent in English and Spanish, and now coaches global teams either in France or abroad.


Laurent initially trained as a lawyer (Private law). He holds an Executive MBA from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris Europe (ESCP). As a coach he initially trained at HEC Paris (2007).

He was certified as Motivational Coach (NLP) by Global NLP (Miami, FL,USA). Also, he trained in Madrid so as to certify in Leadership and Team Coaching (EFIC). Finally he’s a TA practitioner (Transactional Analysis) and trained with Isabelle Metenier (Foundation - Paris) as well as Rosemary Napper (TA Works, Oxford, UK) and more recently Sabine Klingelberg and Thorsten Geck (Abakus, Hamburg Germany).

Finally Laurent is an Associate Certified Coach of the ICF (International Coach Federation).

Professional Experience

In his former professional life Laurent was an entrepreneur and a manager. After a few years in the internet business, he co-founded and worked as the VP of Sales of NPTV (1998-2007: interactive services for Digital TV ) with clients such as Vivendi Universal/Canal+, Orange, Disney, et Eurosport/Discovery, Sogecable (Spain), Telenor (Scandinavia), Astro Measat (Malaysia). In 2012, he set up the Human Inside project, an innovative start-up offering online speed coaching services to middle and operational managers.

Finally he gave birth to his current practice, Step Ahead Consulting, in 2012.

He likes

All sports where heart, body and soul are associated, such as: running, triathlon, golf and yoga along with the practice of mindfulness.

Any activity giving him the opportunity to meet people (for instance, his work and any venture abroad). Indeed he loves to challenge his frame of reference.

The opera and Jazz

He dislikes

Judgmental behaviors, dogma as well as communitarianism

Favorite quote

“They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it» (Mark Twain)