Irene Li

Irene has over 20 years of working experience both in France and China. She is currently an independent consultant in business management for multinational companies within the China market.


Areas of Expertise


  • Cross-culture communication
  • Interpersonal/ Communications Skills
  • Strategic Executive Coaching
  • Job Transition/ Career Reorientation
  • Change management
  • Conflict management
  • Organization consulting


Recent Engagements


  • Consultant for a multinational company to provide coaching/consulting services to their clients. The mission is to assist theirs expatriate employees to well understand the cross-cultural difference, and adapt quickly their life and work in China.   
  • Intercultural training for several 5 stars hotel in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and at French companies in Shanghai.
  • Effective Communication skill and Time management training for employees in multinational companies
  • Individual coaching for middle and top managers in multinational companies.


Specific Outcomes for Coaching Counterparts


  • Improve the ability to manage emotions at workplace
  • Enhanced ability to face conflict situation
  • Improve the ability for an effective communication
  • Develop the self-confidence and assertiveness in working environment
  • Adopt more pro-active behaviours to solve business issues


Career History


  • CFO for Altran Asia.
  • Senior Purchasing Manager, for PSA Peugeot Citroen China.
  • Deputy Director for Global sourcing office of PSA Peugeot Citroen China
  • Senior auditor and financial analyst for PSA Peugeot Citroen France
  • Project Manager in China Ministry of Commerce


Qualifications and Memberships


  • Accredited Coach, IECL (Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership)
  • Accredited Coach, EFC (EcoleFrancaise de Coaching)
  • Member of ICF Shanghai Chapter
  • Certified psychological counsellor by Hua Xia Psychology Edu center, China
  • MBA, from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), a leading European business school
  • Diploma of Information and Communication from IFP (InstitutFrancais de Presse), France
  • Master of Arts from Beijing Foreign Studies University




IreneLi has over 20 years of working experience both in France and in China.


She started her career in China Ministry of Commerce, at Foreign Assistance Department, incharge of cooperation project management, feasibility studies with West African countries. This first working experience gave her chance to discover several African countries by many business trips, and also allowed her to know European Community due to 6 months of work in Brussels.


After getting her Master degree in HEC Business School in Paris, she pursued her professional path in France in PSA Peugeot Citroen. During 15 years of working in PSA, she successively served in departments of finance, audit, HR, purchasing, in France and in China. She set up PSA Global sourcing office in Shanghai, as deputy director, and had often been the interface between French and Chinese partners of different business units.


Since year 2009, she became an independent consultant/trainer in business management, strategy, organization, and communication for multinational companies based on China market. In early 2012, she is certified professional coach by EFC (EcoleFrancaise de Coaching) in France. By the end of 2013, she is accredited Executive Coach by IECL (Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership)


The fact that she has lived in France and Europe for more than a dozen of years, combined with her rich working experience at senior level, has allowed her a deep understanding of western values, particularly the western strategic way of thinking and the code of conduct. In addition to her innate Chinese cultural heritage, she has accumulated a wealth of culture and developed her unique approach to different issues. Irene is a French citizen, fluent in Chinese, French and English.