Dr. Geetu Bharwaney is an experienced practitioner working globally in the application of Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Resilience, since 1999. She has 25 years experience of behaviour change, leadership development and talent management. She has recently received the award of Doctor of Science 'honoris causa' in July 2016 for her unique contribution to the  field of Emotional Intelligence.

During 2015, she was nominated Coach of the Year by the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (2015).

She is Managing Director of Ei World, a company which creates transformation for individuals and organisations through the application of Emotional Resilience and Emotional Intelligence.  She leads projects involving leadership development, executive coaching, team collaboration and performance in a cross cultural context. She is a trusted advisor to CEOs, senior leaders and entrepreneurs who want to transform the way they are operating.

Geetu is Author of Emotional Resilience: Know What it Takes to be Agile, Adaptable and Perform At Your Best (Pearson, 2015). She has published numerous papers and chapters on emotional intelligence, including papers on Trait Emotional Intelligence (for the EMCC, 2013) and EQ and the Bottom Line (2011).

She is particularly interested in the concept of emotional resilience as a practical set of skills and abilities to apply in everyday work. She uses a variety of emotion-based assessments to understand the 'inner leader' and build targeted interventions for increasing performance. One of her key passions is to equip in-house professionals to develop the skills and capabilities of faclitating high performance through a focus on emotional resilience in organisations.

An experienced coach and programme designer, Geetu has specialised in emotion-based research, development and evaluation since 1999. She founded Ei (UK), now Ei World, reflecting the company’s growth internationally from its original UK roots. She has built large-scale programmes based on emotion-based frameworks, tools and methodologies and has proven measurable results from her work with a wide cross section of client groups.

Geetu’s work has involved finding solutions to people challenges using an understanding of emotion as the foundation for human development. This has covered a vast array of technical, non-technical, professional and executive roles across multiple sectors in 37 different countries. Her assignments include the design,  delivery and evaluation of programmes for global organisations including financial services organisations, information technology companies, military organisations, mining companies, higher education institutions, professional services and global consulting firms. 

She is interested in both individual and team aspects of emotional intelligence and is qualified in the Team Emotional Intelligence Survey, authored by Vanessa Urch Druskat and Dr Steven B. Wolff (also of the Ei Consortium).  Geetu trains practitioners in the effective use of both individual and team emotional intelligence assessment. She holds level B qualification in the use of psychometric tests. She was awarded her masters degree in Psychology & Health (February 2005) with Distinction at City University, London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and a qualified trainer of the HeartMath system. Her undergraduate degree was in International Business/Modern Languages (Aston University, 1989) and was the first of its kind to fully integrate learning about international business through a 2nd language (Aston University, 1989).  

Geetu has designed interventions which integrate effective programme design with clear business outcomes usually for high achievers, leadership development or professional effectiveness. All large-scale programmes are based on the Ei Consortium’s guidelines for best practice and typically involve a combination of research, coaching, programme design, delivery, and evaluation of business outcomes for a priority group. Interventions tend to be implemented at a critical time in an organisation’s evolution. Geetu wrote a paper ‘EQ and the Bottom Line’ which summarises the approach she has taken to assignments involving emotional intelligence.

Contact:     gbharwaney@eiworld.org / +44(0)-20-3507-0270


Bharwaney, G. (2015). Emotional Resilience: Know how to be agile, adaptable and perform at your best. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.

Bharwaney, G. (2009). Coaching for emotional intelligence in international business environments: Challenges and opportunities. In G. Abbott, & M. Moral. (Eds). The Routledge Companion to International Business Coaching.

Bharwaney, G (2009). Developing high achievers through emotional intelligence: More intelligent than emotional. In M. Hughes, J. Terrell & D. Thompson, (Eds). The handbook of developing emotional and social intelligence - Best practices, case studies & tools.

Bharwaney, G. (2006). Coaching executives to enhance emotional intelligence and increase productivity. In R. Bar-On, J. G. Maree, & M. J. Elias, (2007) (Eds). Educating people to be emotionally intelligent. Johannesburg, SA: Heinemann Educational Publishers.

Bharwaney, G. (2001, 2007). 'Emotionally Intelligent Living' (Crown House Publishing). Translated into Russian, Polish and Hebrew during 2007/8. Also printed in India under the title ÔIncrease your Emotional Intelligence' (2008). All royalties pledged to fund work in education, health and voluntary sector.


Bharwaney, G, Bar-On, R. and MacKinlay, A. EQ and the Bottom Line: Emotional Intelligence Increases Individual Occupational Performance, Leadership and Organisational Productivity. Ei World. 2007, reprinted 2011.

Bharwaney, G. (2005) Health, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. Dissertation submitted to City University, 2005 in part fulfilment of MSc Psychology of Health. Distinction awarded. Unpublished.


Bharwaney, G. (2013).

Applying Emotional Intelligence assessment to enhance self-awareness and measurability in executive coaching: A case study

The International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching

(11,2), 58-74.

Bharwaney, G. (2013). What are the new research findings on Trait Emotional Intelligence and what implications do they have for coaches? Presented at EMCC Mentoring and Coaching Research Conference Book. Trinity College, Dublin. Published in EMCC Conference book, September 2013

Airey, S-A, and Bharwaney, G. (2010). Authenticity in Coaching. The International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching (8,1), 74-82.

Bharwaney et al. (2005). Gaining senior management sponsorship for emotional intelligence interventions. Competency & Emotional Intelligence Quarterly, 12(2), 44-48.

Bharwaney, G. (2004). Emotional intelligence and 360-degree assessment. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 12(1), 39-46.

Bharwaney, G., & Paddock, C. (2004). Emotional maps of effective (and ineffective) leaders. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 11(3), 42-47.

Bharwaney, G. (2003). Wellbeing: A learned skill or God's will? Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 11(2).

Bharwaney, G., & Paddock, C. (2003). Emotionally intelligent helping. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 11(1), 27-32.

Bharwaney, G. (2003). What has happened to the ship of leadership? Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 10(3), 34-38.

Bharwaney, G. & Langhorn, S . (2002 / 2003). Lessons learned from implementing EQ programmes - The cutting edge of emotional intelligence interventions. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 10(2), 19-25.

Bharwaney, G., & Ashton, C. (2002). Ethics - A foundation competency. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 10(1), 19-25.

Bharwaney, G. & BarOn, R. (2002). The contribution of emotional Intelligence to organisational effectiveness. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 9(4), 23-28.

Bharwaney, G., & Germond, S. (2002). Emotional intelligence in changing times. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 9(2), 22-27.

Bharwaney, G., & Cannon, K. (2001b). Everything you wanted to know about implementing an EQ programme - 4: Assuring the highest standards. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 8(4), 19-24.

Bharwaney, G., & Cannon, K. (2001a). Everything you wanted to know about implementing an EQ programme - 3: Taking the show on the road. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 8(3), 7-24.

Bharwaney, G., & Cannon, K. (2000b). Everything you wanted to know about implementing an EQ programme - 2: Design. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 8(2), 18-25.

Bharwaney, G., & Cannon, K. (2000). Everything you wanted to know about implementing an EQ programme - 1: getting started. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 8(1), 19-24.

Bharwaney, G. (2000). The world of emotional intelligence. Competency & Emotional Intelligence, 7(3), 23-27.



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