Michael Yohannes

Michael Yohannes
  1. Tell us who you are!

    My name is Michael Yohannes and I am originally from Cologne, Germany. I am currently working as an HR Business Partner for a German bank in NYC and prior to that in different other HR roles in Frankfurt and London. I am obsessed with soccer and follow it whenever I can.


    • Diplom in Business Administration from the University of Cologne (Germany’s second best Business School), Cologne/ Germany
    • Executive Masters in International Business from Georgetown McDonough School of Business, Washington D.C. / USA
    • Corporate Master of Business Administration from ESADE Business School, Barcelona/ Spain
    • Executive Masters in Business Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas, EBAPE Public Policy, Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil
  2. Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!

    After completing my Graduate Program in HR, I took over responsibility for Strategic University Marketing across Germany and Europe. In that role I regularly interacted with senior managers as well as Executives and Board Members, which was an amazing learning experience. Afterwards, I managed an international HR IT project with project members in Frankfurt and London and in a joint effort implemented a new job portal as well as a new recruitment setup for the London office. Following, I had the opportunity to participate in a six-month rotation program in NYC and able to work in one of our investment banking departments, which helped to broaden my professional horizon as I was able to do something outside of HR. Going back to HR, I moved to London and as an International HR Project Manager helped to implement global and local HR Talent Management projects. Currently, I am an HR Business Partner in New York, advising and supporting senior managers on operational and strategic HR topics.

  3. What does “Social Capital” mean to you?

    To me Social capital is a broad term that refers, most simply, to the dynamics and relationships within a community. Social capital represents the idea that social networks – who people know and how they interact with each other – hold value and capacity to impact a community and economy. It encompasses the ability to exchange resources and mutual aid, pursue information flows and collective action, and exist with a sense of cohesion and “we” mentality.

  4. What makes you successful in your business/current job?

    Constantly striving to improve the status quo as well as being proactive.

  5. What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?

    Trying to provide helpful advice to talented individuals from all around the world.

  6. What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
    • I will help a mentee to designate her strengths and how to build upon them most effectively
    • I will help a mentee identify her primary career objectives and create a concrete, achievable plan-of-action
    • I will help the mentee create a list of target individuals and companies whom she should aim to connect with, based on her interests and goals
  7. What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
    • Ambition
    • Committed and willing to work
    • Proactive
    • Someone who welcomes constructive criticism
  8. What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?
    • Increased level of confidence and direction
    • New energy for pursuing career goals
    • Optimism