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Dr. Wladimir Klitschko

Dr. Wladimir Klitschko

Challenge Master I Founder I Best-Selling Author I Lecturer I Boxing Champion

Hamburg, Hamburg

Long before I ended my sports career in 2017, I had started to plan the next career because I am convinced that this is true for all of us: “You are the driving force!”
I’ve never wanted to do just one thing but was looking for “THE thing” that allowed me to do lots of things. I combine my expertise, the core of my method FACE the Challenge, with the knowhow of my allies, experts in their respective fields, and together we create something truly powerful and unique. That’s the way I act on different fields as a “Challenge Master”.

I am very grateful for the amazing, successful almost 30 years in boxing that have earned me the title “combined longest reigning heavyweight boxing world champion in history”. It became my mission to share the knowledge I gained and give back. I want to support people in using courage and realism and turn their problems into challenges.

Together with my team of Klitschko Ventures GmbH I developed my philosophy of life Challenge Management into the method FACE the Challenge. Its 4 core skills Focus, Agility, Coordination and Endurance show you the way to willpower, the strongest power in life, enabling you to master all your challenges – professional and personal ones.

In 2015, jointly with the Institute of Customer Insight at the University of St. Gallen, we had already established the further education course “CAS Change & Innovation Management” where I still teach about Challenge Management every year.
After implementing the method FACE mainly in B2B cooperation with companies, organizations, from 2020 onwards, we were able to reach a much larger circle of people with our bestselling book „F.A.C.E. the Challenge – Discover the Willpower in You!“, published with my co-author Tatjana Kiel, CEO of Klitschko Ventures. My expertise transfer was also covered in a case study at Harvard Business School and published in 2021.
In 2012, I combined my knowledge as a frequent traveller with FACE and the expertise of specialists and opened my hotel 11 Mirrors in Kyiv, ranked among the best-rated accomodations of the country. Later followed the hostel Globe Runner.
For over 20 years, Kyiv has also been the seat of our Klitschko Foundation, aiming to make a positive impact for children and young people.
My family office Kliwla is managed by allies who bring in their long experience in the finance sector. After working together successfully, we announced a new venture in 2021: a multi-family office service merging the knowhow of investment experts with the FACE method for the first time: FACE Capital.

Credit Photo: Michael Pfeiffer


  • Founder (KLITSCHKO Ventures GmbH)
  • Founder (Kliwla Family Office)
  • Owner and Developer of the brand WYLLIT by Klitschko (Klitschko Ventures)
  • Developer of the method F.A.C.E. the Challenge (Klitschko Ventures GmbH)
  • Founder (Globe Runner Hotel & Hostel)
  • Owner and Inspirer (11 Mirrors Design Hotel)
  • Initiator and lecturer CAS Change&Innovation Management (University of St. Gallen - HSG)


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