Akwe Amosu is the Chief Integration Officer at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), a large philanthropy that aims to advance participatory, inclusive societies that respect human rights and freedoms, protect minorities, and hold their governments accountable. Akwe’s role faces inward, helping OSF’s multiple offices, programs, and foundations become a stronger, more integrated network, and advancing collaboration. Akwe works to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture at OSF through multiple initiatives, encouraging mutual curiosity, empathy and insight among constituencies and identities across several geographic locations. She supervises several of OSF’s thematic programs, supporting directors to advance their strategies and solve personnel and operational challenges. Prior to her present role, Akwe led OSF’s Africa Regional Office, which is responsible for the strategic direction, operational support, and advocacy for the Open Society Foundations’ work in Africa. Akwe worked for over 20 years as an editor and journalist at the BBC World Service, the Financial Times, and West Africa magazine, later joining allAfrica.com in 2000 as that site’s founding executive editor and leading its news coverage for four years. Before joining OSF in 2006, she worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as head of communication at the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa. Akwe is Nigerian/British and lives in New York.
Dawn Oxenaar Barrett is a US based design strategist and consultant who has lived and worked in The Netherlands in the visual arts, leadership and higher education. As an independent consultant she provides strategic advising and executive coaching for research universities, liberal arts colleges and cultural institutions here and abroad. Her appointments in higher education and administration include: President, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) Boston; Dean of Architecture + Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence; and Head of the Department of Design, Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Barrett's orientation to organization design has been formed through many years of work in accreditation, originally as an evaluator for the American Landscape Association Accreditation Board (LAAB), and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and subsequently serving on NASAD's Commission on Accreditation. She has also served on the Boards of: Penland School of Craft, NC; The Charles Nyples Foundation, Maastricht; and the Design Museum Foundation, Boston.
Barrett's critical writing connects the disciplines of visual culture and history, and has appeared in: Zed, Visible Language, the Dutch journal Archis, and the UK philosophical journal, Parallax. Barrett is the editor of the book 'Interface: An Approach to Design', by Gui Bonsiepe (1998, Maastricht) in 2008 she produced and co-edited the publication: 'Infinite Radius: Founding Rhode Island School of Design'.
Ute Bock is an insurance and brokerage executive based in Switzerland. She has more than 25 years of corporate experience with relevant industry certifications and accreditations. Since 2009 she is as area manager responsible for the Management of Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance related issues of a global corporate in the Automotive Sector. She is a graduate of the Consulting and Coaching for Change programme of the University of Oxford (UK) and HEC (Paris, France).
Ute is an independent consultant since 2005, where she combines analytical skills and her experience with the human element in situations of risk with her passion for social dynamics. Her corporate background stimulated her curiosity and continued research about the dynamics of interactions in long term change processes. As a coach she uses her expertise and high quality standards to facilitate people’s development by building on their capabilities and insights, so they are well equipped to operate in turbulent conditions and to reinforce continuous change.
Ute lives in Lugano, Switzerland and is bilingual in German and English. She is an avid traveler, story teller, and a member of The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations as well as the Change Leaders – a global community of practice.
Susanne Broeng is MSc in psychology, psychotherapist (KI) and organizational group analyst (IGA). She has been working as an independent executive coach and organizational consultant for nearly thirty years primarily in the public sector in Denmark. Susanne’s personal vision is to create, facilitate and support dynamism and growth in the public sector, and as a reflective practitioner she lives this vision by helping her clients to acknowledge and embrace the tensions, ambiguities and complexities in good leadership practice, capacity building and employee involvement. Her previous training was at the Department for Learning and Philosophy at the University in Aaborg, Denmark. Susanne is a member of An Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society (OPUS), the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO), and member of the board of the Institute for Group Analysis (IGA) in Aarhus, Denmark. She lives at Gjoel, Denmark with her husband.
Elane Cabral is a psychologist and has been working as a business consultant for over 20 years. During all that time, she has advised a wide range of small and mid-companies in Brazil’s Northeast. Management and governance consultancy with a focus on supporting business families and family businesses’ development has been the centre of her work. Fascinated with processes of change moved by individual and group’s potential, her work has been strongly oriented towards deepening understandings and negotiating agreements among members of the family and/or the business, mainly in a context of generational transition. The work experience with family enterprises in the last two decades has convinced her that many business/family issues are hard to be addressed by the traditional management theories. Seeking answers in interdisciplinarity, she has been inspired by psychodynamic and change management approaches, which provide plenty of resources to a more effective contribution to her clients. Co-founder of AJA Gestão & Governança, a 16-year consultancy company, she has recently taken part in an educational enterprise for business families - Escola F. She also finds time to participate as Technical Director of Projeto RUMO, an initiative that produces knowledge, shares experience and builds up networks of professionals interested in the governance and family business fields.
Jacqueline Cohen is a commercially-minded, experienced organization development consultant, executive coach and facilitator who helps leaders and teams to align their efforts with a clearly defined purpose to achieve performance goals. Working predominantly in the Financial Services sector for the past 13 years across a range of business functions and geographies, Jacqui has become a respected partner for senior business leaders on matters relating to organizational design, transformation, joint ventures, business acquisitions, culture change, talent development and operational efficiency.
Jacqui is deeply committed to building the self-regulatory capability of systems. She approaches her work with honesty, through a systems-psychodynamic lens, using process consultation and creative interventions to fuel sustainable change for her clients. She has a depth of capability in leadership development, working with individuals and groups to awaken authentic leadership given their background, role and context, and facilitates bespoke leadership programs for rising and experienced leaders. Jacqui also coaches a range of leaders from CEOs of social enterprise businesses to executive leadership teams of Investment Banking businesses. Committed to the “two-task” model of consulting and coaching, Jacqui is an engaging facilitator with a deep commitment to helping organizations through their leaders to keep themselves honest and commit to their essential intent.
Jacqui has an MSc in Organizational and Social Psychology at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University, recently completed the EMCC accredited Tavistock Executive Coaching Program, is an Accredited Analytic-Network Coach and is a member of the Association for Coaching.
Ricardo Czikk is a psychologist (Buenos Aires University, Argentina - 1983) with an MA degree in Education (Hebrew University, Israel - 1990). After a long time working professionally with the Jewish Community and as a freelance trainer for many local companies, he was recruited as Corporate HR Talent Manager in 1998 by a big media company in Argentina—13 business units and 16,000 employee). After some time, Ricardo's role grew considerably, and he became an internal consultant involved in M&A and in the cultural turnaround of the Bus. Besides his full-time position, he found the time to teach at local universities—like the Buenos Aires University, and to work as a consultant for a family-owned pharmaceutical company, where he has been working for almost 14 years, a very long case study still developing.
Now, after quitting his management duties, he is devoted both to consultancy with small and midsize companies, and to helping HR departments as an expert in talent assessment, based on Requisite Organization concepts and tools. According to colleagues and clients, he is good at teaching and at facilitating group processes. Ricardo hopes that by taking part in this program, he will be recognized as a better consultant as well.
Jessica Geiben Lynn is a principal at CFAR. She helps leaders and teams collaborate more effectively to meet organizational mission and business objectives. She believes that organizational differences – when carefully and skillfully managed - can bring energy and ideas to problem solving. She is particularly interested in the dynamics of top teams that are facing challenging strategic and operational decisions, and in the close interaction across the boundaries of ownership, leadership, management, friendship or family that make running an owner and/or family lead business particularly complex. Jessica has extensive experience in executive coaching and leadership development, working with individuals and teams to develop skills that maximize performance. Using innovative project and event design, as well as engaging facilitation skills, Jessica helps organizations build and manage collaborative approaches to their most pressing organizational and business challenges.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Wheaton College, MA, and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a certified executive coach and holds a Family Firm Institute Certificate in Family Business Advising. Jessica is also certified in the Leadership Versatility Index and the Predictive Index.
Laura Heaton is Vice President of Talent Development for Penske. Her work focuses on growth and development at the individual, group, function and organization level with an emphasis on applications of ego development theory.
Prior to joining Penske Laura held Talent and Organizational development roles at the Hershey company, IBM, Virgin Atlantic Airways and TWA. Laura holds a Masters Degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, completed the Advanced OD HRM program at Columbia University Teachers College, and earned her B.S. in Business Administration, Cum Laude from Orion College. Her thesis explored “Do archetypes of the collective unconscious impact organizational efficacy.”
She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologists.
Sivan Kremer Ilan is a senior organizational development professional with more than 15 years of experience in leading organizational development in global companies.
She specializes in leadership development processes including nontraditional innovative programs for disruptive leaders. Sivan’s experience is also comprised of 9 years of military service in which she served as the psychologist of an infantry brigade and of an elite intelligence unit. Currently she is leading the OD department of a market leading company in the cyber industry.
Sivan lives in an Israeli kibbutz and is raising her three kids alongside her husband. She holds an M.Sc in industrial psychology from the Technion – Israel institute of Technology.
Tali Kurt-Galai is an organizational consultant and executive coach, specialized in working with high potential individuals and teams to develop leadership capacity and manage organizational change. She has partnered with senior executives from a variety of industries including start-ups, legal, finance, media, governmental agencies, educational institutes, ad agencies, luxury and non-profit organizations. She facilitates peer learning groups for leaders from high growth technology companies. Tali has worked as an internal consultant for Tech-Stars NY, and as an instructor at Bunker Labs - the national organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other veterans as leaders in innovation.
As a coach, Tali uses her background as both a clinical psychologist and an organizational consultant. She looks for the route that connects her clients’ personal goals with the organizational context and objectives. She encourages her clients to develop awareness to their blind spots and to extend their repertoire of responses, while identifying and limiting ineffective reactions and patterns.
Tali holds an M.S degree in Organizational Change Management from The New School, NY, an M.A degree in Clinical Psychology from Tel-Aviv University, a B.A degree in Psychology and Sociology from Tel-Aviv University and an Executive Coaching certificate from iCoach New York, City University of NY, Zicklin School of Business.
Erica Manento is the Director of Executive Development and Succession at Penske Truck Leasing. In her role, Erica is responsible for building enterprise-wide customized leading edge Talent and Organization Assessment and development practices designed to drive growth and organization performance, while being a force for good in the world. Erica is committed to developing and leading an inspirational model of leadership for Penske and bringing it to life through a portfolio of learning experiences and resources.
Erica earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resources Development from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Cedar Crest College. She possesses a number of certifications that are integral in her leading edge work including: Principles and Practices of Organizational Design from Teacher’s College Columbia University, certified facilitator for the Immunity to Change development model, Professional Human Resource Certification (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), a SHRM- CP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management, a 360- multi rater assessment certification with The Leadership Circle, a certified debriefer of the Hogan personality assessments , and a coaching certification from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).
Ciarán McGinley is a Senior Associate at Normann Partners. With nearly 40 years of experience in IP and innovation, Ciarán is regarded as having a unique and comprehensive understanding of the global patent process both operationally and economically. During a 35-year period at the European Patent Office, he worked under, and directly with, every President and held a wide range of senior Board positions as well as being in charge of major operational units. Throughout his professional life, Ciarán has worked extensively with scenario thinking, business design and strategic renewal. More recently he has supported both institutional and corporate clients in their strategic development and use of scenario planning in the areas of water and land use, renewable energy, city travel, autonomous vehicles, education, food safety, IoT, IP, mining and construction. He holds a BSC in Aeronautical Engineering (Bristol) and an MBA from HEC-Paris. Ciarán has lived and worked in five European countries and speaks French, German and Dutch.
Moira Nangle is the former Director of Organization Development at Virgin Atlantic Airways, Moira is a creative, perceptive OD professional with qualifications in Training, Teaching, Psychotherapy, both one to one and team coaching, and an MSc in Organization Development.
During her time at Virgin Atlantic, the organization went through a significant period of growth. Moira led on the organization design and development aspects while ensuring the right processes and disciplines were in place to consistently deliver, moving the organization from a young challenger to a respected player in the industry. Moira has designed, delivered and evaluated OD interventions from Board to Shop-floor level ranging from business strategy to organization design, new product development, talent management, culture change, and customer service.
Moira now works with senior teams and individuals to turn strategy into action, and specializes in leadership, succession planning, culture change and employee engagement. During the last few years she has worked with senior teams and individuals in a coaching or consulting capacity to develop the internal capability and capacity to lead and manage change. Moira is also at home working with staff groups, forums and unions using collaborative and creative methodologies to imagine what might be possible, and in facilitating action-based interventions.
Moira has held a number of Non-Executive roles, including the NHS, within the third sector and at a small privately owned technology business. Moira also works as faculty on the AoEC programmes in Systemic Team Coaching at certificate and diploma level.
Andreas Oertli has been a Senior Executive Coach and Strategic Advisor of Top Executives and their Boards for two decades. Today he is working independently with strong links to carefully selected, likeminded individuals around the globe. His clients are predominantly international companies that are often larger family-held organizations as well as stock listed companies. He is a founding member of Eightwell (a Swiss Verein), an international network of experts in leadership advisory work. From 2011 till mid 2012 he was a Partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ Leadership Consulting, CEO/Board and Transportation Practice. He is one of the founding shareholders and has been the Managing Partner and later the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Matrixs Ltd.; an advisory boutique in Zurich and Singapore. Starting his work as Consultant in 1999, he was International Project Director and Member of the Executive Committee of a small size consultancy group in Zurich. Prior to that he had various managerial positions in international logistics, shipping and soft commodity trading groups which brought him to a vast variety of emerging economies for more than a decade.
He holds a Master of Business Administration from IMD Lausanne (Switzerland) and a Diploma in Clinical Organizational Psychology from INSEAD in Fontainebleau (France). He served as member and later as Chairperson of the MBA Alumni Loan & Scholarship Committee of IMD in Lausanne. He is a member of ISPSO (International Society for the Psychoanalytical Study of Organizations), the New Zealand-German Chamber of Commerce in Auckland and The Royal Automobile Club in London.
Jeff Pedde is a senior organizational performance coach and change consultant with RLG International, well experienced in the challenges of delivering results through people. For over twenty-three years, in his work with companies in various sectors including energy, manufacturing, construction and non-profit, he has acted as a change catalyst and thinking partner for leaders and teams at every organizational level in search of new approaches to improving their performance and achieving better results. His primary focus is on the internal dialogue necessary within an organization for the people there to effectively deliver on their promises. He brings a non-intrusive, people centric, results focused approach along with a practical sense of what works in complex organizations. Through his work with clients in Europe, the Middle East, Near East, North Africa, Australasia as well as North and South America he has garnered a particular appreciation for complicated multi-cultural and multi-lingual work environments.
Jeff is the author of Orchestrating Change: How to Navigate Complexity and Get Results, which lays out a simple framework to help leaders and change implementers plot a course, launch and course correct toward the goals of their change journey. Born and raised in Canada he holds degrees from the Royal Military College of Canada, the Ivey School of Business (UWO) and HEC (France). Before joining RLG he served with the Royal Canadian Navy as a sea going officer for 14 years.
Lee Shapiro is a clinical psychologist and consultant in New York City, who has been in private practice since 2009. He works with individuals, groups and couples and organizations, with a particular interest start-up culture. He went to two different private quaker schools and graduated from Vassar College in 1995. He received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and his Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), from the Ferkauf School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. His dissertation was on Post-College Transition. During Lee's doctoral training he worked at both New York University and Marymount Manhattan College’s counseling centers, as well as the Forensic Service of Kings County Hospital. He did his Internship at North Central Bronx Hospital. After completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Lee took a staff psychologist position at Woodhull Hospital where he worked in both the adult outpatient clinic and Inpatient service from 2007 – March 2013. Lee completed the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society’s, “The One Year Training Program”, and Couples Therapy Training and Education Program (CTTEP) at the White Institute. He has also participated in Tavistock Group Relations conferences.
Todd Smith is a Senior Consultant at CFAR. He is a seasoned consultant who has worked with family and owner-led business for over two decades in the areas of governance, education, strategy, and communication improvement.
In addition to working as a family business consultant, Todd served as EVP of Strategy & Governance within a complex multi-generational family office. He understands the complexity of working with numerous advisors from various industries. He is a skilled facilitator, able to adapt quickly to a variety of business and interpersonal challenges as they arise. He enjoys assisting families in successfully managing the competing demands of running a thriving business enterprise while maintaining family cohesion and ensuring longevity.
Prior to focusing on family businesses exclusively, Todd spent many years consulting with Fortune 100 companies in the areas of strategy and process. His desire to provide a more meaningful impact within his clients led him to take a role managing the consulting practices for Eide Bailly LLP for many years, during which time he served a diverse and successful group of family business clients. Todd has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Dr. Aleesha Taylor works with governments, philanthropies, international networks and the private sector to transform crises and critical turning points into opportunities for greater impact. She is the founder and principal of Herald Advisors, a strategic advisory firm that helps clients shift systems and resources to address their challenges and better serve the socially and economically disadvantaged. As a former deputy director at the Open Society Foundations’ global education program, Aleesha has a decade of experience in philanthropy. She is committed to unlocking the potential of leaders and organizations to help systems work more effectively in serving the marginalized. Aleesha has served as a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor in International Educational Development at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she completed her doctoral studies. She also holds degrees in psychology from Spelman College and the Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Sciences of the New School for Social Research.
Debra Turner Bailey is an inspirational leader who mobilizes people with a deep commitment to inclusion, engagement and empowerment. A true visionary, she is equally comfortable working to create a robust initiative from a blank slate, or tackling a complex, intractable problem to find a win-win resolution
Since joining Corning Incorporated in 1989, Debra has built a legacy as both an individual contributor valued for her ability to make a deep impact on a focus area, and as a leader who excels at strategic thinking, leading collaborative efforts, and coaching others to realize their full potential. Debra’s coaching experience has included individuals at all levels of the organization and has focused on career and leadership development. Her coaching clients have included those in private corporations, colleges and universities and the not-for-profit sector. In 2013, Debra retired from Corning Incorporated as their Global Diversity Officer.
She is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for CHIC (Children’s Homes of Iredell County), a member of the Circle of Red with the American Heart Association and the Circle of Giving organizations.
Debra holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (minor in women’s studies) and a master’s of public affairs from UNC-Greensboro. She also earned a master’s degree in human resources studies from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Debra lives in Statesville NC, with her husband Harry, and is the proud grandmother of two.