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Our Teams

Global presence, local expertise

With established teams in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America, South East Asia and China, we have a growing team of accredited practitioners now in the UK and US. Together we are able to deliver a consistent experience in resilience training and leadership development for our clients across multiple territories. Below you can get to know our team in each location and understand the range of skills we can offer.

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  • Australia
  • China
  • Europe
  • New Zealand
  • North America
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • Dr Sven Hansen
    Dr Sven Hansen
    Founder
  • Declan Scott
    Declan Scott
    Consultant
  • Dr Dee Alexander
    Dr Dee Alexander
    Consultant
  • Stuart Taylor
    Stuart Taylor
    Managing Partner
  • Peta Sigley
    Peta Sigley
    Principal
  • Alexia Michiels
    Alexia Michiels
    Partner, Europe
  • Thierry Moschetti
    Thierry Moschetti
    Managing Partner, South East Asia & UK
  • Bradley Hook
    Bradley Hook
    Digital Leader
  • Bruce Robinson
    Bruce Robinson
  • Laurent Levisalles
    Laurent Levisalles
    Partner, Europe
  • Katrien Audenaert
    Katrien Audenaert
    Partner, Europe
  • Manish Arneja
    Manish Arneja
    Consultant South East Asia
  • Briana Palmer
    Briana Palmer
    Consultant South East Asia
  • Jerome Song
    Jerome Song
    Consultant South East Asia
  • Justin Schaefer
    Justin Schaefer
    Partner, North America
  • Sue Elias
    Sue Elias
    Office Manager, South East Asia & UK
  • Randall Zindler
    Randall Zindler
    Senior Consultant, Switzerland
  • Carlota Simo
    Carlota Simo
    Senior Consultant, Germany
  • Alexandra Bowen
    Alexandra Bowen
    Facilitator and Strategy Consultant
  • Monique Slade
    Monique Slade
    Partner, Europe
  • Amanda Purnell
    Amanda Purnell
    Senior Manager
  • Madeleine Shaw
    Madeleine Shaw
    Senior Manager
  • Robert Simon
    Robert Simon
    Senior Consultant
Dr Sven Hansen
Founder

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.

sven.hansen@resiliencei.com
Phone: +64 21 730 995
Postal Address:
PO Box 28-123, Remuera
Auckland, New Zealand

Declan Scott
Consultant

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.

declan.scott@resiliencei.com
Phone: +64 27 695 8922

Dr Dee Alexander
Consultant

Dr Dee Alexander is a qualified medical specialist based in Wellington, and has over ten years of senior leadership experience in the health sector.

Dee’s academic background includes a medical degree from Otago University NZ, and she has a dual background with combined specialist qualifications and experience in both clinical medicine and leadership.

She is a qualified coach, having completed the Intensive Coach Training Program with Results Coaching Systems in 2011.

Dee has extensive experience working with people to develop wellness, self leadership and resilience, in particular applying the latest principles of neuroscience to enhance performance across all areas of life including high stress environments.

Dee strongly believes in personal and workplace wellness, and is enthusiastic about the benefits of living an intentional and practical resilience lifestyle

dee.alexander@resiliencei.com
Wellington Based
Phone: +64 27 585 1892
Postal Address: P O Box 28-123, Remuera, Auckland 1541, New Zealand

Stuart Taylor
Managing Partner

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.

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

Peta Sigley
Principal

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.

peta.sigley@resiliencei.com
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.

alexia.michiels@resiliencei.com
Phone: +41 76 783 2791

Thierry Moschetti
Managing Partner, South East Asia & 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.

thierry.moschetti@resiliencei.com
Phone: +65 6818 9814.
Address: 16 Collyer Quay, Level 20, Singapore 049318

Bradley Hook
Digital Leader

Brad Hook is Digital Leader at the Resilience Institute. With 18 years’ experience in digital, he has crafted solutions used by some of Australasia’s most influential organisations.

Brad has worked internationally in South Africa, London and Sydney, before moving to New Zealand. His roles have included design, analytics and technical, with a focus on digital innovation. He has created a number of learning tools, including meCentral.com, used by companies such as SAP, Ernst & Young, 3 Mobile, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and more.

At the Resilience Institute Brad is focused on creating an effective online and facilitated learning journey to help people realise their potential.

Brad’s writing has been featured in international business and travel magazines, including several cover stories, and his non-fiction book Surfing Life Waves made it onto the Amazon bestseller list (for Philosophy) in 2012.

Brad is a dedicated resilience practitioner and enjoys surfing, trail running and videography. He lives in Mount Maunganui with Geniya and his daughter, Anastasia.

brad.hook@resiliencei.com
Phone: +64 21 367 654

Bruce Robinson

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.

Bruce.Robinson@resiliencei.com
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.

laurent.levisalles@resiliencei.com
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.

katrien.audenaert@resiliencei.com
Phone: + (32) 471 63 43 84

Manish Arneja
Consultant South East Asia

Manish is a consultant 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.

Manish.Arneja@resiliencei.com
Phone: + 65 6818 9814
Address: 16 Collyer Quay | Level 20 | Singapore 049318

Briana Palmer
Consultant South East Asia

Briana Palmer is a Consultant with The Resilience Institute in South East Asia.

She has 17 years of corporate experience working for leading multinational organisations across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Briana has business management experience in a variety of disciplines including Business Development, Operations, Marketing, Strategy and Training. In addition, she has a strong interest in flexible work practices.

Briana and her husband have had the great fortune to live and work in 3 countries with their 3 children. This experience has shown her the value of resilience and the impact on work and family when it is missing. Her journey with The Resilience Institute began as a program participant in 2012. The course led to many personal changes, and ultimately to the decision to change her career.

She is a Certified Organisational Coach, Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership (Level 1) and is passionate about sharing the benefits of the evidence based principles of The Resilience Institute.

Briana.Palmer@resiliencei.com
Phone: + 65 6818 9814
Address: 16 Collyer Quay | Level 20 | Singapore 049318

Jerome Song
Consultant South East Asia

Jerome has more than 20 years of experience in industries including marketing communications, manufacturing, real estate and hospitality and professional services. Prior to joining The Resilience Institute, Jerome was a management consultant with PwC Singapore and has served as a CFO overseeing the Asia Pacific region. Today Jerome is committed to follow his passion for human development and devote his energy to help people achieve their goals and achieve the success they want in their lives.

Having an up-close and personal experience on the benefits of resilience, he is passionate in his work to help people using evidence based, practical, and integrated methods to improve and sustain high performance.

Jerome is an experienced facilitator and coach working with a wide range of client groups in areas such as performance management, leadership and team development. His down to earth delivery style and his wealth of corporate experience help him connect well with his participants. Based out of Singapore, Jerome conducts training in Asia and speaks English, Mandarin, Thai and Japanese.

Jerome.Song@resiliencei.com
Phone: +65 6818 9814
Address: 16 Collyer Quay, Level 20, Singapore 049318

Justin Schaefer
Partner, North America

Justin Schaefer is an Accredited Practitioner and Owner of The Resilience Institute – US. As a global executive with 20+ years of experience excelling in leadership roles with Sales, Finance, HR, IT, and Project Management, he brings a highly relevant perspective and message for those aspiring to thrive through adversity, sustain performance and lead stronger.

As a truly global leader, Justin has successfully built and led cross-functional and cross-cultural teams worldwide. He began his resilience journey while on an expat assignment in China. While some of our simpler bounce back strategies were already in place and being practiced, the experience allowed him to identify and fill in gaps, overcome weaknesses and excel in a highly visible and demanding role. Continuing his work in fast moving, complex and changing, publicly traded companies; with high delivery, execution and performance expectations, practicing resilience has become a way of life for Justin.

His dynamic and engaging style enables him to translate his life experiences into evidence based, practical, and integrated methods that teach how to measurably improve and sustain performance. Leaders from many backgrounds, cultures and countries find him easily relatable and can quickly connect with his personal experiences and background.

When Justin and his fiancé aren’t raising their 6 teenagers, he enjoys a broad range of hobbies from fitness, travel, photography and outdoor sports.

justin.schaefer@resiliencei.com
Phone: +1 (704) 941 8112
Postal Address: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Sue Elias
Office Manager, South East Asia & UK

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.

sue.elias@resiliencei.com
Phone: +65 9756 0764
Address: 16 Collyer Quay | Level 20 | Singapore 049318

Randall Zindler
Senior Consultant, Switzerland

Based in Lausanne, Randall is originally from the United States.
After working several years in disaster management, Randall worked in marketing with the Credit Suisse Group, and in leadership development with the Swissair Group. He then was the group CEO of an international NGO. Randall has been involved in many networks such as The World Economic Forum, EU-CORD, or YPO.

Academically, Randall has a global role as a Senior Teaching Fellow with the Leadership Centre of Lancaster University (UK). He is also a Doctoral Fellow with a research topic on leadership transition.

Randall speaks English.

randall.zindler@resiliencei.com
Phone: +(41) 78 796 47 77

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.

carlota.simo@resiliencei.com
Phone: +49-151-101-969-82

Alexandra Bowen
Facilitator and Strategy Consultant

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.

alex.bowen@resiliencei.com

Monique Slade
Partner, Europe

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.

monique.slade@resiliencei.com
Phone: +61 422 607 962

Amanda Purnell
Senior Manager

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.

amanda.purnell@resiliencei.com
Phone: +61 434 077 198
Fax: +61 3 9509 0881
Postal Address: P.O. Box 81, Central Park, Victoria 3145, Australia

Madeleine Shaw
Senior Manager

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
madeleine.shaw@resiliencei.com
Phone: +61 412 919 211
Postal Address: P.O. Box 81, Central Park, Victoria 3145, Australia

Robert Simon
Senior Consultant

Having a science background in physics Robert brings 17 years of business consulting and IT management experience to The Resilience Institute in New Zealand. He has worked on projects in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand where he has lived since 2003. Robert held senior management positions in global organisations like HP and CIBER.

Robert is actively engaged in business development for The Resilience Institute and bringing the resilience methodology to a broader audience. In addition Robert uses his experience as a trainer, lecturer and coach in combination with his curiosity and compassion to facilitate workshops and planning sessions.
Robert enjoys playing soccer and tennis and is an avid furniture designer.

robert.simon@resiliencei.com
Phone: +64 29 289 9034