Welcome to Team Shakiba

We're a team of positive deviants, who love creating dynamic learning experiences. Although we're a small group, our goal is to make a huge impact on how people think and communicate. We believe positive psychology is a powerful force for change. That’s why we embed it in everything we do. Here's who you're working with when you learn with Eleanor Shakiba.

Positive deviance trainer

Eleanor is a trainer and coach, with a passion for unleashing the power of positive deviance in talented people. Her greatest strength is creativity, which you will experience in the training room through storytelling and visual design. She's never far from a training room - either as the facilitator or a group participant. When not in a training room, Eleanor enjoys taking photos, writing and learning new things.

Logistics dynamo

Mariel harnessed her talent for making things happen from her experience as a production coordinator and client services manager. She can help you book your training or coaching sessions. She also ensures your corporate workshops are all set to run smoothly. Mariel has a background in Communications and a passion for travel, dance and her dog.

John Rei
Tech wizard

John Rei performs his digital magic to make sure your online course goes without a hitch. With more than 10 years of tech experience, he manages Eleanor's websites and tech issues. During his free time, John Rei dabbles in film making and music


Karen uses her creative flair to draft and polish our training materials. She also gives Mariel a hand in organising and planning social media and course logistics. She began a career in nursing education which she continues to contribute to every year. At present, Karen has shifted gears to focus on writing projects. She is also a mom to 3 adorable kids.

Finance guru

Having had 10 years of finance experience, Rachel lends her expertise in finance to the team. She has a knack for numbers, which is a blessing for us all. Rachel has a degree in Accountancy backing her skills to manage our accounting and billing processes. She also has a passion for animals, several of which she has as pets.