The team

The Cognitas Group comprises our co-founders and a skilled team of associates. For each client we assemble a powerful team tailored to their needs.



Laura Watkins and Shani Ospina set up Cognitas in 2008. They lead or oversee all client engagements.

Laura Watkins

Shani Ospina


Over the past 8 years we have hand-picked and nurtured a pool of over 30 associates, who are based across Europe and North America.

We have sector experts in leadership development, facilitation, coaching, team development, change management, storytelling and strategic thinking. Our team is multinational and we have team members who can work in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin.

They all challenge clients to perform through our unique combination of candour, persistence, empathy, learning and grace.

Here you can meet some of our associates >