Dr Sven Hansen

Dr Sven Hansen is the founder of The Resilience Institute. From a medical family, Sven joined Pathfinders, a special forces team in South Africa, before completing medicine.  His passion for sport and flow took him into sports medicine and a personal practice in resilience.

Asking if organisations might be interested in applying sports science to good business and leadership, Sven began a corporate health business in 1988. He completed his MBA in 1993 and set about building an evidence-based, integral and practical solution to sustainable performance in life, sport and business.

Over 20 years Sven has worked extensively with High Performance Sport, professional firms, banks, corporates, government, entrepreneurship, universities, and schools.  He leads the development of The Resilience Institute’s methodology and is an experienced executive coach, keynote speaker and leadership trainer.

He has a specific interest in developing leadership teams and the application of biological principles to leadership, strategy and resilience in the community. Sven lives in Auckland with Susan and their two children. He is a keen surfer, paddler and kitesurfer.

See Sven in action delivering a keynote presentation.

Sven’s latest articles, videos and book reviews.

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Phone: +64 21 730 995
Postal Address:
PO Box 28-123, Remuera
Auckland, New Zealand

Bradley Hook

Brad is a technologist, author and resilience facilitator who has presented keynotes and workshops around the world.

He is dedicated to supporting individuals and groups with the Resilience App – a practical, evidence-based toolkit that builds resilience skills and proves the impact. His latest book Resilience Mastery explores the 11 critical skills that drive high performance.

Brad is a dedicated resilience practitioner who enjoys surfing, trail running and videography.

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Phone: (+64) 021 367 654
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Njabulo B Sithole
Partner, South Africa

Njabulo is the founder and Chief Executive of “The Resilience Institute South Africa” (RISA). Her role includes overall business strategy, market focus, gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage within the environment which the business operates. She also has over 20 years’ experience as the CEO of Omame Investments (Pty) Ltd. During her tenure the company has created a diversified portfolio of Investments, spanning from infrastructure projects through Public Private Partnership ( PPP’s) in Facilities Management to Pharmaceuticals, Aluminium Processing, Mining, Food Processing to name a few. Prior to that she worked as a consulting Psychologist for various government departments in Performance Management Systems, Employee Assistance Programs and Human Resource Planning.

She obtained her MSC Executive Global Masters in Management from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Masters in Ed. Psychology from University of KwaZulu Natal. In addition she has a Diploma in Company Direction and Diploma in Management Accounting and Finance.

Growing up her parents instilled love, respect and hard work within the family, often giving her responsibilities at a young age this has created a strong foundation for a resilient mindset. She is an active runner who believes human beings have enormous resilience and it’s a continuous learning process in life and business.

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Phone + 27 31 569 2838

Stuart Taylor
Managing Partner, Australia

In 2002, while climbing the ladder to corporate executive, Stuart was diagnosed with Brain Cancer; prognosis 2.5 years. Far from accept the prognosis; Stuart embarked on a journey back to physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual health. Part of this journey included creating The Resilience Institute in Australia to share his experience and philosophy with Australian organisations. Stuart has recently celebrated his 10 year milestone and is going from strength to strength. Prior to joining The Resilience Institute, Stuart was an Associate Director with KPMG and then worked as a senior manager in a global corporation. Stuart has led many of our largest projects with leading Australasian organisations such as GE Money, NAB, Citigroup and Vodafone.

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Phone: +61 3 9509 2881
Fax: +61 3 9509 0881
Postal Address: P.O. Box 81, Central Park, Victoria 3145, Australia

Peta Sigley
Chief Knowledge Officer, Australia

Peta Sigley is a Principal with The Resilience Institute in Australia. She has an extensive business management background including Human Resources, having worked in large corporations (transport and banking) as well as not-for-profit and philanthropic organisations. Her academic credentials include economics, psychology and counselling.

Over the last decade Peta has put her resilience to the test supporting her partner with a chronic illness whilst maintaining her career and family cohesion. Undoubtedly, Peta is a strong role model for her children and those who have witnessed this journey of positivity, courage and optimism. Peta’s client focus includes the transport sector, accounting, banking & finance, education and Not-for-Profit organisations.

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Phone: +61 3 9509 2881
Fax: +61 3 9509 0881
Postal Address: P.O. Box 81, Central Park, Victoria, Australia

Alexia Michiels
Partner, Europe

Based in Switzerland, originally from Belgium, Alexia is co-founder of the Resilience Institute Europe.
After more than 10 years in the corporate world in marketing and media, Alexia moved to China where she became a professional certified coach and a yoga instructor. She decided then to devote her energy to empower individuals to enjoy a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Passionate about the resilience integral and practical approach, Alexia is a dynamic facilitator who will bring a “yoga” touch to her courses.

Alexia speaks French and English.

[email protected]
Phone: +41 76 783 2791

Thierry Moschetti
Partner, UK

Thierry established The Resilience Institute in Southeast Asia and in the UK. He has twenty years of team management, business development and training experience in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia where he has been living since 2004. Before embarking on the journey with The Resilience institute, he was Regional General Manager Greater China for a British listed organization in the service industry.

Thierry holds a Master of Science in Management, he is a certified ACTA trainer & assessor (Singapore Workforce Development Agency), a certified trainer in Emotional Intelligence and in Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice that combines gentle body movements with awareness and breathing for energy and relaxation.

Recent client assignments include keynotes, workshops, coaching programmes and consulting services for organizations like ANZ, AXA, DHL, Ford, Kelly Services, PwC, Shell and Young Presidents Organization. He is a passionate Taichi practitioner and an active runner.

[email protected]
Phone: UK: +44 (0) 7391 032 479, SG: +65 6818 9814

Bruce Robinson
Partner, China

Bruce leads The Resilience Institute in Shanghai overseeing the development of our training programs in Greater China. Prior to that, he was the Chief Representative of the Shanghai Representative Office and a Managing Director for Avenue Capital Group, a New York based private equity firm. He has over twenty-five years of investment, banking and business management experience in the Americas and Asia, where he has lived since 2005. Bruce specializes in organizational and individual transitions and managing diverse teams. He has led the establishment of new offices, as well as managed acquisitions and restructurings. Bruce holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is an executive coach. Recent client assignments include multinational companies as well as educational institutions.

Bruce grew up in northern California, graduated from the University of California Berkeley, is an active runner and a vegetarian. Throughout his life he has strived to live by many of the principles of The Resilience Institute, including maintaining a positive outlook, leading a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle and helping others. He now resides in Shanghai with his wife Tess and their three sons.

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Phone: +86 135 6434 5562

Laurent Levisalles
Partner, Europe

Based in France, Laurent is co-founder of the Resilience Institute Europe.
For 20 years Laurent held several positions as managing director in the retail industry in the US, Europe and China for start-ups and global companies. Following his strong appeal for Human Sciences, he spent much of his energy on people development and management.
Influenced by his experience in China, he became qigong instructor and incorporates qi-gong practices in his training sessions. Amongst his assignments, Laurent teaches in several business schools.
Laurent speaks French and English.

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Phone: +33 6 9849 6238

Katrien Audenaert
Partner, Europe

Based in Belgium, Katrien joined the Resilience Institute after having lived several years in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

After 15 years of experience in the legal field (first as a legal advisor to the Belgian Prime Minister Dehaene and later as a Magistrate in the Belgian Constitutional Court), Katrien decided to make a career shift as an executive coach when she moved to Asia. She is certified to use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) and the Workplace Big 5.

Katrien has since then put her energy in helping people achieve their goals, lead with passion, purpose and presence.

Katrien speaks Dutch, French and English.

[email protected]
Phone: + (32) 471 63 43 84

Declan Scott
Senior Consultant, New Zealand

Declan joined the Resilience team in 2015 and brings practical experience from both the professional practice field across a number of countries to hands on business knowledge in owning and growing a business from Startup stage. He is dedicated to helping change the culture of business by inspiring a renewed sense of purpose and creativity in the workplace.

Declan is a former Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland and has worked internationally as a corporate tax advisor prior to moving to New Zealand in 2005. He is one of the original founders of SHE Universe group in Christchurch. Declan has held various lecturing positions at a number of universities in Australia and New Zealand and is also a recognised keynote speaker and workshop facilitator.

[email protected]
Phone: +64 27 695 8922

Manish Arneja
Partner, South East Asia

Manish is a partner with The Resilience Institute Southeast Asia. Manish is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) & Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner with 14 years of experience in Organisational Change and Leadership Effectiveness.

Prior to joining The Resilience Institute, Manish was Regional General Manager (Asia, Middle East, Africa) for Organisational Development within a top tier multi-national consumer goods company.

Being a coach and an Organisational Development practitioner, Manish holds a wealth of expertise in managing change, team dynamics, leadership development and embedding behavioural changes in personal life or within organisations. He has delivered keynote at various conferences including HR Summit, Manufacturing and Talent Conferences in Singapore and Malaysia. His journey to make a meaningful difference in people’s life led him to leave his corporate career and join The Resilience Institute.

Manish holds an MBA from Asian Institute of Management with additional post-graduate qualifications in Organisational Development from Heriot-Watt University, UK.

[email protected]
Phone: + 65 9108 0369
Address: 16 Collyer Quay | Level 20 | Singapore 049318

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Sue Elias
Office Manager, South East Asia

Sue Elias is an Office Manager with The Resilience Institute. She has more than 20 years of experience in managing administrative & secretarial functions across diverse industries.

She began her career with the Republic of Singapore Air Force in Air Traffic Control, and subsequently gained corporate management expertise as an Office Administrator with a corporate branding company, an executive search firm and a training consultancy.

Sue brings with her a collaborative & dedicated work ethic, commitment to improving work processes and excellent interpersonal & communication skills.

[email protected]
Phone: +65 9756 0764
Address: 16 Collyer Quay | Level 20 | Singapore 049318

Carlota Simo
Senior Consultant, Germany

Based in Munich, originally from Spain, Carlota lived and worked 20 years in Germany, Ireland, India and China.
After a career as a lawyer in an international law firm and a mediator in a global tourism company, Carlota decided to follow her passion for human development and devote her career to executive coaching, focusing on leadership and creativity.
Carlota is a qualified executive coach and facilitator and is certified to use the Myers-Briggs Type indicator (MBTI®).
Carlota speaks Spanish, German and English.

[email protected]
Phone: +49-151-101-969-82

Alexandra Bowen
Senior Manager, Australia

Alex is passionate about helping individuals enjoy greater health and happiness by being more resilient.

She has had a dynamic corporate career in senior employee engagement and communication roles in Australia and overseas and has a long-held passion for physical and emotional wellbeing. She now loves being able to integrate the two by working in the area of resilience.

In addition to facilitating and consulting, Alex is a coach and feels inspired by helping people overcome stress and achieve greater clarity and focus in their day-to-day lives.
Alex is a long-term yoga practitioner and qualified teacher with special interest in the therapeutic application of yoga and mindfulness practices to counter health challenges such as stress and anxiety.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Counseling.

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Monique Slade
Director, Australia

Monique Slade is a facilitator with The Resilience Institute and has worked extensively in the advertising and production industries for multinational agencies in Sydney and Europe.
She has developed the very successful adventure and inspiration company True Spirit, designed to inspire and challenge its participants both physically and mentally. Working with both corporations and charity foundations, Monique has taken participants through life-changing quests to better understand their own levels of resilience. It is this work which has led her to work at The Resilience Institute Australia.

Clients overwhelmingly speak of Monique’s ability to motivate, inspire and lead. Bringing relentless enthusiasm, courage and commitment to develop the human spirit.

Monique holds a BA in Advertising and Design from RMIT.

[email protected]
Phone: +61 422 607 962

Amanda Purnell
Director, Australia

Amanda Purnell is a Senior Manager with The Resilience Institute in Australia. Prior to joining the organisation, she spent 17 years working across Perth, Sydney and Melbourne for leading organisations in the Oil and Gas sector. Amanda has strong business management experience across a variety of disciplines including Strategy, Business Development, Operations and Marketing. In addition to her extensive corporate background, Amanda has a strong interest in her local community and is passionate about contributing to society at a ‘grass roots’ level.
Amanda has witnessed both the benefits of resilience and the negative consequences when it is absent, both personally and in those around her. Amanda’s journey with The Resilience Institute began as a program participant. After undertaking a journey of personal transformation, she eventually made the life changing decision to leave the corporate sector. She is deeply committed to the benefits of adopting the evidence-based principles of The Resilience Institute, empowering others to reach sustainable high performance.
Amanda consistently receives outstanding feedback from clients, who appreciate her collaborative, passionate and engaging facilitation style. Amanda’s clients include Professional Services Firms as well as those in Mining, Oil and Gas, FMCG, Banking and Finance.
Amanda Purnell is a Senior Manager with The Resilience Institute in Australia. Prior to joining the organisation, she spent 17 years working across Perth, Sydney and Melbourne for leading organisations in the Oil and Gas sector. Amanda has strong business management experience across a variety of disciplines including Strategy, Business Development, Operations and Marketing. In addition to her extensive corporate background, Amanda has a strong interest in her local community and is passionate about contributing to society at a ‘grass roots’ level.
Amanda has witnessed both the benefits of resilience and the negative consequences when it is absent, both personally and in those around her. Amanda’s journey with The Resilience Institute began as a program participant. After undertaking a journey of personal transformation, she eventually made the life changing decision to leave the corporate sector. She is deeply committed to the benefits of adopting the evidence-based principles of The Resilience Institute, empowering others to reach sustainable peak performance.
Amanda consistently receives outstanding feedback from clients, who appreciate her collaborative, passionate and engaging facilitation style. Amanda’s clients include Professional Services Firms as well as those in Mining, Oil and Gas, FMCG, Banking and Finance.

[email protected]
Phone: +61 434 077 198
Fax: +61 3 9509 0881
Postal Address: P.O. Box 81, Central Park, Victoria 3145, Australia

Sandy Hall
Consultant, New Zealand

Sandy has an extensive background in HR Leadership and Leadership Development across commercial business in Australasia. With firsthand experience of the need for resilience at an executive and governance level she brings her Leadership Development acumen and experience to the table when assisting teams to build resilience into their daily practice.

Sandy has a real passion for Employee Engagement and Experience, seeing them as being intimately connected and critical to the wellbeing of employees and a key driver of the commercial success of all organisations.

[email protected]

Phone: (+64) 27 217 3225

Madeleine Shaw
Director, Australia

Madeleine Shaw is a Senior Manager with The Resilience Institute. In her previous career as a lawyer with leading law firms in Sydney and San Francisco, and then a major multinational corporation, Madeleine had up-close and personal experience of the benefits of resilience.
Madeleine’s formal first steps along the path to resilience began as a participant in a Resilience Institute leadership program in 2007. She became passionate about working with people to help them perform at their best, sustainably and enjoyably. Madeleine is now an in-demand consultant and facilitator. She is a qualified executive coach (accredited with the Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership) and works with people across a range of roles and sectors, helping them to achieve the success they want in their lives. She works extensively with banks, law firms, financial services organisations, educators, manufacturing and FMCG companies and the public sector. Madeleine’s down to earth style combined with her laser focus gets great results and she loves seeing people make the changes they want in their lives.

Madeleine lives on the NSW central coast with her partner and daughter where she enjoys the change in pace from the working week in Sydney.

Domicile: Sydney
[email protected]
Phone: +61 412 919 211
Postal Address: P.O. Box 81, Central Park, Victoria 3145, Australia

Rachel Thompson
General Manager, Australia
Tessa Lawrence
Office Manager, Australia
Eva Stockdale
Project and Processes Manager, Australia
Josh Taylor
Social Media Administrator, Australia
Catherine Mills
Programme Manager, Australia
Geraldine Lockley
Senior Consultant, Australia

Geraldine is a skilled coach and psychologist. Using our Resilience model as a foundation, she guides clients to go beyond ‘keeping on top of things’ by applying practical skills to develop personal and professional resilience, helping them to sustain high performance and optimal wellbeing.

With professional experience in counselling, psychology, management consulting and operational and strategic human resource management with individuals, teams and organisations, Geraldine has developed great insight into the demands and challenges within large systems. Extensive experience in her psychology practice has given Geraldine insight into how individuals respond to different types of pressure and that resilience can be learned.

Geraldine is often praised by clients for her receptive listening style which enables them to reflect and identify strengths they may be unaware they have. With a personal passion for building resilience, she uses evidence based strategies, particularly drawing on mindfulness practice, to assist individual adults facing a range of life challenges.

Geraldine has worked with senior executives and managers from a variety of industries including financial services and sporting organisations. She offers a warm and person-centered approach to coaching. Geraldine takes a particular interest in helping people become aware of, and freeing themselves from, self-limiting thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Her clients progress towards experiencing greater fulfillment in their work and relationships.

Geraldine’s qualifications include: D.Psych (Counselling Psychology) and M.Psych (Counselling Psychology) from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Registered Psychologist, Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria, BA Honours (first class) in Psychology, University of Wellington, NZ.

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Paul Salmon
Senior Manager, Australia

Paul has a distinguished background in leadership in education, with extensive experience in management, program design, staff development, and both teacher training and student facilitation. He has diverse talents, being able to move almost effortlessly between management and operational logistics through to running outdoor challenge experiences, giving lectures or facilitating keynote presentations.

Having spent almost three decades designing and leading programs on school camps, retreats and leadership development pathways, Paul has seen first-hand the positive impact that can emerge from eye-opening encounters and the noticeable difference in outcomes for those who continuously self-reflect and adjust for growth. He is a big advocate for guiding people to broaden their comfort zone and consider “the more” that could further fulfil their lives.

Paul grew up in an army family and has frequently faced the challenge of change throughout his life, attending 9 schools and moving home more than 18 times. He has also lived through the loss of 2 siblings. His belief is that these ‘thrive or flounder’ experiences have fostered his resilience.

Paul is a dynamic and engaging facilitator. He creates authentic connection with participants as they reflect and explore new ways to seek meaning and engagement in the work place, and in their personal lives.

To maintain balance Paul loves to climb mountains and dabble in Architectural design and Project management. He is often found organising exciting holiday adventures for his family and friends, and lead teams of young people on service projects in outback NSW where he has been volunteering since 1992. Having explored dozens of countries, he is an avid traveler with a passionate love of history, culture and community.

With a Mathematics, Psychology and Theology background, Paul’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science, ANU, Diploma of Education, University of Canberra, Graduate Certificate of Religious Education, ACU and a Master of Religious Education, ACU.

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Sharon Griffin
Director, Australia

Before joining Springfox Sharon spent over two decades at a leading global professional services firm where she held senior HR roles across the US, UK, Australia and Southeast Asia. Across a number of businesses Sharon developed strategies and programmes, and advised senior leaders and their teams in the following areas: performance and reward, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, policies, talent acquisition and management, global mobility, acquisitions and post-merger integration.

Sharon’s belief in the fundamental pillars of resilience come from a deeply personal place that she shares openly with her clients and colleagues. Her lived experience has taught her that self-understanding and reflection, a willingness to be vulnerable and a commitment to specific practices can lead to great satisfaction, productivity and performance in life and work.

Sharon’s clients consistently comment on her calm, authentic, caring, and pragmatic approach to all that she does. Her down to earth style and willingness to speak from personal experience allows her to relate to a diverse spectrum of clients at all levels and across various sectors.

Sharon’s primary objective in her work with Springfox is to help organisations and their people achieve optimal impact and results by unleashing the best version of themselves. She firmly believes in the critical role that resilience plays in achieving this objective and her work with clients is focused on integrating resilience principles into business strategy and culture.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (USA). She is also credentialed as an Executive Coach (Level 2) with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and a member of the Australian Human Resource Institute (CAHRI).

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Marleen Weening
Consultant - Executive Coach - Switzerland

Originally from the Netherlands, Marleen is now based in Basel, Switzerland.

Marleen holds a degree in Economics/International Business. After years in recruitment and marketing, she decided to live and work internationally. Spending almost two decades in the UK, USA, Japan and the Czech Republic, she now decided to live and work in Basel.

Marleen studied the fields of neuroplasticity, positive psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence for years and holds certificates in Coaching and Training. She is also certified to coach with the neurofeedback technology of HeartMath.

With great passion to work with different cultures, she is driven to support personal and organizational development.

Marleen speaks English and Dutch.

Daniela Thomas
Consultant - Executive Coach - Switzerland

Originally from Germany, Daniela is now based in Zurich, Switzerland.

With a degree in business administration, Daniela worked 15 years in human resources (mainly Talent Management) in Munich and Zurich before she started her own business in 2014.

“Building a revolutionary new & resilient working world” is her mission and passion.

She supports organizations, teams and individuals on their journey and enjoys her work as an executive coach, speaker, facilitator & enabler.

Daniela speaks German and English.

[email protected]resiliencei.com

Benoit Greindl
Strategic Advisor - Europe

Based in Switzerland, originally from Belgium, Benoit is an entrepreneur.

He spent 25 years of his business life developing commercial real estate services companies in Europe, America and Asia where he lived during 5 years.

Convinced that entrepreneurship is a core source of innovation and societal wealth creation, Benoit is today involved in meaningful and socially responsible projects.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Montagne Alternative, an inspiring seminar centre in the Swiss Alps, co-founder of The Resilience Institute Europe and president of the Board of B Corp Switzerland.

As a strategic advisor, Benoit accompanies different leaders and organizations to progress towards achieving a compelling vision and impact.

Benoit speaks French and English.

Pauline Soares
Administrative Support - Europe

Based in France, Pauline joined the Resilience Institute Europe in 2018 as back office support.

Holding a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management from Paris-Dauphine University Pauline spent 10 years in luxury hotels management. She then decided to shift her career to adjust her family life. She now provides administrative support with a customer care service background.

Willing to follow the digital evolution of our world, she is also taking a course to become Digital Project Manager.

Concerned about the world we borrow from our children, she is engaged in a zero-waste process focusing on what really matters.

Pauline speaks French, English and Portuguese.

Dominique Berdoz
Consultant, Switzerland

Originally from Germany, Dominique lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A graduate nurse, she studied psychology and has a Master’s degree in psychosociology. Dominique then works in the promotion and prevention of health in business. She also teaches at the Haute Ecole de Santé in Fribourg.

Very interested in the different ways of stimulating people’s resources, she got a postgraduate degree in positive psychology at the University of Zurich. This leads Dominique to share her expertise within many corporate environments.

Dominique speaks French, German and English.

To Contact Dominique: [email protected]

Anne Dufour
Business Manager - Europe

Anne started her career in the children’s wear industry by managing the subsidiary of a major French brand in the United States. She was then Retail Manager for an English luxury brand.

To accompany her family abroad, she put her corporate career on hold and became teacher, while volunteering for different associations.

Back in France, she got involved from the start with the creation of the Resilience Institute Europe. She’s in charge of the back office as well as the front office where she brings rigor, professionalism and generosity. She is also in charge of special projects.

Her leitmotiv: offer the best possible experience to the participants, clients, consultants and partners.

Anne speaks French and English.

[email protected]

Julie Zhang
Senior Consultant, China

Julie is a Senior Consultant with the Resilience Institute in Shanghai.  She is an experienced learning and development leader, an accredited executive coach and a certified Project Manager and Change Agent. Most recently she was with Allianz corporation where she held leadership positions responsible for operational excellence, strategy and IT. She also has worked for professional consulting firms such as EDS/A.T. Kearney, PwC Consulting and IBM.  Recent client assignments include Chinese companies and Multi-national Corporations. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Shanghai University in International Business and her MBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).  She speaks fluent English, and is a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker.

For any assistance please contact Bruce Robinson: [email protected]
Or call:   86 135 6434 5562 (mobile), 86 21 3897 4220 (office)