About Us

I am the Director of Aura Suriya, a personal evolution and leadership development firm in Lausanne, Switzerland. I work with individuals and business teams to help them achieve their goals through Personal Mastery that in essence, entails creating self-awareness and taking self-responsibility for one’s life and actions.

Nanci Govinder

Clients' key focus areas include:

  • career planning
  • personal vision and life purpose
  • identifying goals and obstacles
  • teams: collaboration, empowerment and decision-making
  • creating healthy relationships (colleagues, family, personal)

which are addressed in individual and team coaching sessions, workshops, courses and speaking engagements.

My Philosophy

Although my previous career as an executive in the medical device industry has given me many insights into the aspirations and rewards, pressures and challenges that people in the business world deal with every day, it was my experience living through the apartheid era in South Africa that truly shaped who I am and the work that I do today.

Succeeding in the face of this oppressive system taught me that each individual is responsible for the creation of success and happiness in their lives, irrespective of circumstance. It’s not our environment that shapes who we are, but our understanding, acceptance and experience of our true nature and capacity -- Personal Mastery.

My Background

  • Bachelor of Science in chemistry
  • Business degree
  • Certified Business Coach
  • Certified to deliver: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI™), 360 degree and DISC

My career in international marketing and general management took me from my native South Africa to Sweden, Denmark and finally Switzerland. I worked as a research associate and currently work as a guest lecturer at IMD, Europe’s leading business school, in Lausanne.

Contact Me

If you are interested in having me speak at your organization or would like to discuss a tailored in-company training program for your colleagues, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it . You can also email me if you are interested in a no-charge telephone coaching consultation.


Company Name: "Suriya" means sun in Sanskrit and personifies knowledge, learning, wisdom, growth, enlightenment and personal enrichment, which is Personal Mastery. The colors are derived from the warmth of African sunsets to the rich, vibrant hues of India—the company’s two legacy cultures.