Marisa Dantanarayana


Marisa has been an executive coach and facilitator since 2002, and has international business and not-for-profit board experience. Marisa has achieved the highest International Coaching Federation (ICF) qualification possible the Master Coach Credential MCC and is one of only 24 coaches in Australia to have achieved this level. Prior to executive coaching, Marisa had a highly successful career as an executive in the corporate world working for Fujitsu and NCR Australia. She has worked for leading global companies and has a track record for growing businesses across multiple industries.

She consistently achieved aggressive revenue targets on an annual basis and developed and managed new business opportunities worth up to $25m. For her success she was granted several new business development awards. As an IT Sales Executive she worked across banking & finance, telecommunications, utilities, retail, government and transport & logistics. Marisa was a Regional Board Member of the International Coach Federation Australasia (ICFA) between 2004 & 2005 and was President for the International Coach Federation (ICF) Victorian Chapter between 2005 & 2006. She is the Director of Coaching and a facilitator of the Swinburne Post Graduate Certificate in Organisational Coaching and sits on the Advisory Committee. She is also the co-founder and Director of footprint, providing an innovative software solution for scalable mentoring programs with Chronus.

Marisa takes a lead role in co-creating, designing, implementing and evaluating programs with client organisations. She is known for her ability to ask the hard questions and for her solid business acumen, seeking alignment of strengths and behaviour with business objectives and personal values.


  • Individual Executive coaching
  • Group & team coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Facilitation
  • Coaching skills for leaders
  • Cultural and behavioural change
  • Alignment of purpose and values
  • High performance & sustainability
  • Being your ideal self more often

Business Experience

  • Director of Training/Unit Convenor,
    Swinburne Post Grad Cert, Org Coaching
  • Director, Footprint Coaching and
  • Board Member, ICF, Australasia
  • President/Chairman, ICF, Victoria
  • Business Development Manager, Fujitsu
  • Business Development Manager, NCR Australia

Coaching Experience

  • Marisa has been coaching at senior levels across a diverse range of industries for 15 + years with over 2500 coaching hours and over 300 Specific Coach Training hours.
  • Clients include: AGL, Ansell, ANZ, Asialink, ATO, BHP Billiton, BUPA, Cardno, CBA, Cbus, Cisco, Citywide, CSL, ESSSuper, Herbert Smith Freehills, General Motors, Hi Fert (an AWB / Elders company), Holden, Leightons, Masterfoods, MBS, MS Society, Merck, Members Equity Bank, NAB, Oakton, Optus, Origin Energy, QBE, RMIT, Stockland, Suncorp, Sustainability Victoria, SMS, Telstra, UE&MG, Parliament of Victoria, VLDC, Dozens of SME’s.
  • Marisa spends her time engaging with organisations, developing and implementing leadership development initiatives to deliver business strategy; coaching executives, groups and teams, facilitating leadership development programs and teaching coaching skills. She is passionate about the application of coaching in leadership across organisations. She enjoys working with clients aspiring to “5th Level Leadership” (Good to Great, Jim Collins) and teams looking to enhance their effectiveness.
  • Marisa is accredited in a number of assessment tools including The Leadership Circle (TLC), Life Styles Inventory (LSI), Genos, Bar-on EQI, Hogan, Full Circle Feedback, index360®, Kantor Structural Dynamics.

Education / Business Coaching

  • Over 2500 coach training hours
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Marketing, MBS,1997
  • Bachelor of Planning and Design (Planning) University of Melbourne 1994
  • Certificate in Computing and IT, Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE 1994
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited – PCC