Miriam van Keulen MAHRI, Dip HRM, Dip Couns, BFA

Actually, my name is Miriam Aziz-van Keulen but I prefer to leave the Aziz-part out so as to prevent any expectation that I speak Arabic – unfortunately, I don’t. I am Dutch by birth and Australian by choice. After much travel, I feel I have come home in Canberra. I live near the beautiful Pinnacle Nature Reserve together with my awesome husband.

I love people, writing and art.

The first fifteen years of my professional life I worked as an artist, making paintings and drawings. I then moved on to coaching and counselling. Painting is a solitary business – I wanted to use my people skills! From 2007 I’ve worked as a life coach, first in the Netherlands, and from 2010, in Australia, with Sun Coaching. I’m an Accredited Professional Coach with the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Coaching.

I graduated in Human Resources Management – a nationally accredited Diploma – in April 2017. I’m a Professional Member of the Australian HR Institute. I now combine my coaching skills with HR, specialising in performance management. I can lead those difficult conversations with employees who are under performing. Together we explore ways for improvement, and achieve each person’s best possible life and work outcome.

If you want to have me on board, please contact me. My creativity and my ability to quickly understand and support people from all walks of life, combined with my passion for learning and being of service, may make me a great addition to your team.



Miriam is awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands in 1992. Whilst working solo in her studio as a painter, Miriam has various jobs on the side in which supporting other people always plays a central role. She builds a wealth of work experience in the artistic field, in education and in healthcare.

In 1998 Miriam begins the move from Fine Arts to Life Coaching with the commencement of studies in Art Therapy.

It is a natural step for Miriam to apply for the Dutch Academy for Counselling and Coaching in 2007. She receives the Diploma Academic Counsellor and Coach in 2008, and the Diploma Specialist Counsellor and Coach in 2010.

Miriam completes Coach Level 1 of The Sedona Method® in 2009 and Coach Level 2 of The Sedona Method® in 2011.

Late 2009: Arrives in Australia
Early 2010: Establishes Life Coaching business Sun Coaching in Australia
2015: Becomes Australian citizen
Late 2015: Publishes personal-development book The Master’s Compass
2017: Completes Diploma Human Resources Management (BSB50615)
2018: Joins the Human Resources team at CARE Australia

Miriam’s life is about learning and developing, enjoying the wonders of life, and being of service. Get in touch with Miriam today to have a chat. She’ll be delighted to hear from you.

You can find Miriam’s full professional profile on LinkedIn.

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