Savanteon is a Think Tank & Consulting Boutique for Human Centric Organizations & Societies.


Our USP: We unlock human patterns from existing data & information. The result? A fast, elegant and predictive way to assess conduct & people risk. 

We will work with whatever you have: Websites, strategies, purpose, interviews, business processes, transformation programs, risks, issues, audit findings, customer & employee survey data, government information, global reports, for example regarding human capital or new work.

We are passionate about places where humans can thrive.


We believe that complex systems like humans, organizations and societies call for system theoretical approaches that go well beyond linear analytical thinking.

Our methodologies leverage a groundbreaking system theory from academic personality psychology at a company & society level. To date, Personality Systems Interactions Theory (PSI theory, Prof. Julius Kuhl, 2001) is widely unknown in the business world.

Our approach is unique & based on academic personality psychology. We are not aware of any other researchers with the same approach.


Barbara is a Swiss attorney-at-law, Certified Internal Auditor and qualified PSI Expert (academic personality psychology) who is evolving the way how human factors and conduct risks are evaluated.

An author and thought leader, she aims to inspire an approach that leverages the explanatory and predictive value of one of the most innovative system theories from academic personality psychology (PSI Theory, Julius Kuhl, 2001) at a corporate and societal levels.


Specialties: People Risk, Culture, Innovation, Personality Psychology, Internal Audit, Governance, Internal Control Systems, Business processes, Project & Quality Management, Outsourcing, Transformations, Organizational Development, Insurance, Law.

Barbara lives in Switzerland, and spends her time creating value for her global and local clients who often work in public policy, sharing knowledge with analytical minds interested in placing humans back at the heart of organizations and societies, and is sometimes still working as an attorney-at-law.

As a conduct risk evangelist Barbara has spoken at various internal audit conferences in Europe, and has been invited to internal audit podcasts.

Her network of academics and practitioners includes Prof. Emeritus Julius Kuhl, founder of PSI theory and an internationally renowned representative in the field of academic psychology.

We unlock human patterns from data & information.

Our work unlocks human behavioral & experiential patterns from existing data & information. The result? A new, predictive & risk-oriented approach to people risk.


We use a cutting-edge system theory from academic personality psychology to unlock the human patterns. This works due to the distinct characteristics of the systems theory we are specialized in.

Our insights are evidence based & rooted in science, and communicated in a transparent, respectful, and resource & development oriented way.


We work with think tanks, public policy, regulators, boards, directors and managers, and assurance functions. We strive for ongoing relationships with clients who share our values and ethics.


Thought Leadership.
To kiss traditional approaches goodbye.

We develop and promote globally unique concepts and approaches to evaluate human factors in organizations and societies. The differentiation between WHAT and HOW humans think is at the heart of our methodologies. We are experts in recognizing and evaluating human thinking and behavior patterns in existing data & information, and translating their meaning into a language our clients can understand. 

All our methodologies leverage the explanatory and predictive value of one of the most innovative system theories from academic personality psychology.


Framework to Evaluate the Organization's Innovation Capability (2021). Predicting innovation. The Organizational Personality TOP Framework (2020). A new management approach. Personality-based Internal Auditing PBA® (2019). Predictive conduct risk assurance.


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Consulting Boutique.
For analytical minds who seek practical advice.


We place our interdisciplinary expertise at the service of private and public institutions. We act as sparring partners. We provide second opinions. We reinforce evaluation teams. We provide additional insights by analyzing your information from a new angle. Our advice is practical and hands-on. For change that has impact.

There is nothing so practical than a good theory: PSI as an innovative and academic system theory provides stellar output when applied at institutional and societal levels.


Our approach is fast, elegant, and cost-effective. It is predictive and embraces foresight in the near future. And it is similar to a multifunctional tool that can be used to evaluate a variety of topics at a micro- or macro level, resulting in comparability.


Work examples: Hallmarks of future-proof organizations. Promoting government grants. Evaluating corporate culture. Leadership styles and their strengths and limitations. Predicting the organization's innovation capability. Predictive conduct risk assurance by the second and third line of defense.


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Amazing Insights. 
Fast, elegant & predictive.

Hidden Patterns Analysis

A risk-based analysis of the human behavioral & experiential patterns embedded in existing data & information. What are the pros & cons associated with these patterns? Are they adaptive in the context given? What can you do now? Helps leaders to better understand and address people risk.

Innovation Capability Score

A risk-based analysis of your organization's innovation capability. Innovative companies combine world-class knowledge, experience and data with ways of thinking known to promote innovation. Helps leaders to address improvement areas and become a truly innovative, future-proof company.

M&A Culture Crash Indicator

A risk-based analysis of two corporate cultures as part of an M&A process, at any time. Helps leaders to predict the cultural fit and avoid potential integration traps.

Corporate Culture Analysis

A risk-based analysis of HOW your organizations thinks and the pros & cons associated with the organizational thinking preferences. Helps leaders to understand how & if the culture will promote purpose & strategy, and how they can develop an authentic & future-proof corporate culture for their organization. 

PBA® Personality-based Internal Audit

To let your Internal Audit department spark! State of the art Internal Audit meets scientific psychology. The world of soft-control evaluations is non-linear. Predictive assurance to assess soft controls such as Corporate Culture, Social purpose, Innovation, Leadership, Psychological wellbeing, Talent shortage, Ethical behavior, Reputation risks.

TOP/EOS Personality Diagnostics

TOP/EOS personality diagnostics based on cutting-edge systems theory from academic personality psychology (PSI theory, Kuhl, 2001). For leaders, experts, and anyone interested in a reliable & resource and competence oriented feedback. Online testing (2-3 hours) with a 1-1.5 hour online feedback session.


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For businesses & societies where humans can thrive.


We offer research reporting for in-house seminars and national and international conferences. We talk about the hallmarks of future-proof organizations and societies, innovation, culture, conduct risks, ethics, and subjectivity. 

Audit Reports - Love Letters to Top Management? ERFA Group CIA, New Ways of Audit Reporting, Zurich, Switzerland, 29 September 2021. 

Auditing Beyond Barriers - Thinking One Step Further to Improve Quality. Joint keynote with A. Pixa, Internal Audit Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, Quality Management conference, IIA Germany (DIIR). 2021.​​

Organization Personality? Two virtual events, TheDesk in HongKong, 2020.

A Personality Psychological Look at the IIA Code of Ethics. ERFA Group CIA, Switzerland, 2019.​​

Evaluating the Organization's Innovation Capability - Internal Audit as Unusual. CIA  Conference, IIA Germany (DIIR), Germany, 2019.


Handling Complexity: Holistic Thinking & Evaluation Models as a New Tool in Internal Audit. EXPERT SUISSE, a Swiss specialist association for Auditing, Taxes, and Fiduciary, Switzerland, 2018.​

Unlock Your Organization's Secret Brainwaves. Keynote and roundtable discussion, Chief Audit Executive Roundtable Nordic, Estonia, 2018.​

A Function Analytical Approach to Evaluating Organizational Culture. "Internal Audit After Work", IIA Switzerland, 2018.


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In 2021, we started to publish our research in peer-reviewed journals of global publishing houses. We are currently working on new academic articles including TOP Framework case studies.

Evaluating the Organization’s Innovation Capability: A New Guiding Methodology (2021). Published in Taylor & Francis' peer-reviewed EDPACS Journal.

Podcast Interview (2020) "Jamming with Jason" by Jason Mefford, Rock Star - Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance,

Podcast Interview (2020) "Interne Revision -  Souverän, Kollegial, Wirksam" by Silvia Puhani,

Personality-based Internal Auditing PBA® (2019). Predictive conduct risk assurance.


Function Analytical Approach to Evaluating Organizational Culture (2018). Published in Expert Focus 10/2018, a Swiss journal for auditing, taxes, and fiduciary.



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