Management Consultant, Business Consultants, Inc.
Akira Furumoto is a management consultant and a master trainer of innovative thinking systems. He is a certified trainer in The Human Element, VIA, Innovative Thinking System, and is a LIFOR program trainer for business consultants. Akira has presented at ATD’s International Conference & Exposition for five consecutive years. After serving as a director of the global LIFO operation division in the United States, he returned to Japan in 2008 and started his new role as a consultant for the global talent management division. He specializes in leadership and innovation, and has created a positive psychology–based leadership program. Akira received an MA in industrial organizational psychology from California State University, Long Beach.
Training Director, New Zealand Coaching & Mentoring Centre
Aly McNicoll is the training director of the New Zealand Coaching & Mentoring Centre and works globally with organizations that want to be more strategic in how they use coaching and mentoring to enhance leadership and learning. She works mostly with leaders who need to get the best out of the people they lead and has refined techniques for introducing coaching as a skill set and promoting learning as a way of being in teams and organizations. She is recognized for her expertise in peer learning techniques and has a commitment to enhancing people’s ability to learn from their experience.
Andre Vermeulen is the CEO of Neuro-Link, an international consultancy specializing in the neuroscience of workplace learning. He is the architect and owner of the Neuro-Link brand and business system, which consists of various brain profile assessments to determine learning potential and brain-training solutions to optimize brain performance. André has published various leading articles and books on the neuroscience of learning- and wellness-related topics. With regard to the neuroscience of learning, he is one of the most recognized authorities and sought-after speakers in the world today. As an international motivational speaker, André has presented at TEDx and numerous international conferences and events such as the ATD International Conference & Exposition since 2000. André has been a guest on many radio and television talk shows across the globe and hosts his own television show, Breinkrag (“Brain Power”).
Senior Executive Vice President, Cathay Life Insurance Company, Ltd.
Graduated from the Graduate Institute of Finance, National Taiwan University, Shan-chi Liu has been with Cathay Financial Group for nearly 25 years. As the Senior Executive Vice President of both Cathay Financial Holdings and Cathay Life Insurance, Liu has a rich experience of managing financial investment and business operation. In 2013, he took the challenge of leading the biggest agency upgrade program in 50 years since the company had been founded, and became one of the most crucial accelerators of Cathay Life’s organization transformation. Liu once said, “Creating an environment with a sense of belonging for employees, is the most important responsibility of a leader.” It is because of his benevolence and caring charisma, he’s able to genuinely develop organization talents, and builds a working environment with warmth.
Founder and CEO, MOST engaged consulting
Bernard Coulaty is a strategic HR partner with a passion for higher education, spreading ideas on the human side of business to reconcile engaged individuals and engaging organizations. As a global HR leader, Bernard has developed a thorough practice in employee engagement, talent management, and leadership development, empowering HR communities in diverse cultural and geographical contexts. Strongly engaged within the business and HR community, Bernard is president of the French Chamber HR Committee in Hong Kong and member of the Observatory of Engagement. He is also keen to share his passion for HR with the next generation, lecturing in business schools and universities. He is the author of New Deal of Employee Engagement: a Sustainable Body-and-Mind Engagement Model and has created his own HR consulting firm: MOST engaged consulting, supporting organizations and individuals to reshape the employee experience.
Chair Professor, GEAT (Global Education Association in Taiwan)
Chao-Ming Chen has a PhD in English literature from Florida State University. He has published many articles on topics in Victorian literature, literature and computers, and research methods. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1998 to 1999. He co-hosted and produced Chat Room, a radio program at Voice of Han Broadcasting Network. He was awarded the Golden Bell Award for the Best Writer in 1994 and the Best Host of Educational and Cultural Programs award. He served as the chairman of the English department at National Chengchi University from 2002 to 2004, the dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 2004 to 2007, and the director of the Center for Public and Business Administration Education at National Chengchi University from 2008 to 2010. Now, he is a chair professor for the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Shih Chien University. He has published many bestselling books on English learning and literature since 2012.
Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Chia-Wei Wu is the director of learning sciences and technologies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (PDM). With his expertise in e-learning systems design, workforce curriculum development, student assessment, and business analysis, he leads the learning technology team at PDM to fulfill its commitment to provide students and faculty with leading-edge tools in support of training tomorrow’s practitioners. He also develops an academic technology ecosystem that supports all aspects of dental education, clinical practice, and research. His understanding of how technology in the classroom promotes the teaching and learning experience in higher education and shapes the future of innovation in learning technologies.
Consultant, The Impact Institute
In the 1990s, Christie Ward coached and managed more than 200 of the best professional trainers around the world for CareerTrack. As principal of the Impact Institute, she has delivered programs globally. She coached the world champion of public speaking in 2000. Some of Christie’s U.S. public sector clients are the U.S. Air Force, Department of the Interior, and U.S. National Business Center. Her corporate clients include DISH Network, IHS, TriZetto, Johnson & Johnson, SUN, TW Telecom, and AT&T. Among her nonprofit clients are Goodwill, the Boettcher Foundation, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Christie is a former national board member for ATD, serving from 2011 to 2012. She is a past president of the National Speakers Association of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ATD. Christie has been a conference presenter at the ATD International Conference & Exposition as recently as 2014.
Executive Vice President, Development Dimensions International (DDI) USA
David Tessmann-Keys has an extensive background in organization development consulting spanning Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States. David leads all of DDI’s operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. This includes responsibility for sales, marketing, business development, consulting, operations, and financial performance. David has managed large-scale projects focusing on such areas as full organizational re-engineering, succession management, selection, and leadership and workforce development.
Vice President, Wilson Learning Worldwide
David Yesford is the senior VP of Wilson Learning Worldwide and has more than 30 years of experience developing and implementing human performance improvement solutions globally. He brings valuable experience, strategic direction, and global perspective to his work with clients. Over the years, he has held strategic roles in our core content areas of Sales and Leadership, as well as e-learning and Strategic Consulting. He has also held managing director positions in both China and India. Mr. Yesford is the contributing author of several books, including Win-Win Selling, Versatile Selling, The Social Styles Handbook, and The Sales Training Book 2. He has also been published in numerous business publications throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Mr. Yesford frequently speaks at international conferences and summits, focusing on issues such as sales and sales strategy, leadership, employee and customer engagement, brand, and strategy implementation.
Consultant, ProAkademi Consulting
Deniz Senelt Kalelioglu is an international trainer, executive coach, learning and development consultant, and founder of ProAkademi Consulting. She has designed and delivered training in more than 25 countries, reaching 100 nationalities. She has been a speaker eight times and a panelist twice at the ATD International Conference & Exposition. She also presented at ATD’s 2015 Asia Pacific Conference in Taiwan and regional ATD workshops in Istanbul and Denmark this year. Deniz has served as head trainer at European, Norwegian, Russian, Estonian, and Austrian international academies. She was internationally awarded Most Outstanding Trainer, and was appointed Training Commissioner for Europe by Junior Chamber International. She is also a Toastmasters International representative to Turkey, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. She is the first Turkish trainer certified as an ATD Master Trainer and also holds ATD Consulting Skills certification.
Lecturer/Trainer, University of Rotterdam
Dirk Bos is a senior lecturer and trainer at theRotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. After working as the head of the personnel department of the education council of Rotterdam for 10 years, Dirk moved into the training and education field. For 25 years he has been teaching, training, and developing programs for the BA course in HRM. He received the University Award for his innovative education program, and his specialty is the train-the-trainer course in the minor human talent development. He is particularly interested in the didactic performance of a trainer. Dirk has a BA in HRM.
Dongshuo Li, founded UMU to manifest his vision of creating a more interactive social learning community in 2015. Before founding UMU, Dongshuo Li worked at Google for a total of 7 years. In his career he served as Manager of Greater China Publishers and Developers, Strategic Accounts Manager, Global Innovation Manager, Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific Region, and Director of Strategic Partner Management. In 2011, Dongshuo Li was named among the top 10 Chinese Employees at Google. In addition, he was named one of the World’s Best Managers and received the highest rating of all managers in the Greater China Area. In April of 2013, Dongshuo Li was named among the Global Top Ten Sales Managers. Dongshuo Li worked at HP & LG as Manager of Sales and Operations from 2004 to 2007. He is a Six Sigma Black and Green Belt trainer, was given awards for quality convention of the Six Sigma project in 2005 and 2006, won the title of best Six Sigma trainer in 2006, and twice won top prizes for High Performer, Asia Pacific Region in 2006 and 2007. Dongshuo Li graduated with honors from Beijing Institute of Technology, with degrees in Computer Science and Law. Dongshuo Li has been giving volunteer lectures for Junior Achievement, the world’s largest educational NGO for over 10 years. Thus far, Dongshuo Li has influenced over 10,000 college students from over 40 universities.
Management Consultant, Eddie Turner LLC
Eddie Turner is a change agent who works with leaders to accelerate performance and drive business impact. An International Certified Executive Coach, he is also a professional speaker and a member of the National Speakers Association. Eddie is an exceptional virtual and face-to-face facilitator; he’s a member of the International Association of Facilitators and certified as a Competent Facilitator by the International Institute for Facilitation. Eddie is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied leadership and organization behavior. He is also an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he completed the Art and Practice of Leadership Development executive education program.
Managing Consultant, Chinese Human Resource Management Association
Echo Chang has 22 years’ experience in the field of human resource management (HRM) for foreign investment enterprises in Taiwan. Since 1999, he has worked as a training lecturer for more than 500 companies and served as an HR consultant for more than 50 companies. In addition, he has published two books, Workforce Inventory and Career Development of Professional HR. Previously, Echo was the president of the Chinese Human Resource Management Association (CHRMA). With CHRMA, he has worked to establish a complete HRM certification system, which combines three functions: training, examination, and performance. He also helped establish a well-developed set of certification training programs with 18 classes that include four graded courses for four different profession categories. The programs were designed to assist students with developing their professional HR career.
World Trade Training and Communications Manager, Mentor Graphics Corporation
Session: Partnering to Drive Business Results
Edward Reilly has been in the training field for more than 20 years, developing worldwide programs to support a variety of business objectives. He has held training roles at IBM and adidas, and is the world trade training and communications manager at Mentor Graphics Corporation in Portland, Oregon. Edward manages product and business skills training for the sales and consulting divisions and is responsible for internal communications and the worldwide sales conference.
Senior Consultant, Vine Management Consulting Company
Eric Yang is a senior consultant at Vine Management Consulting Company and a senior instructor of Surmount Central Cross-Island Highway. Eric has more than 10 years of experience in the field of experiential learning. He also frequently gives training lessons on team building and leadership development to companies and government institutions based in Taiwan and China. Using the concept of experiential learning, Eric leads students to achieve behavioral changes; his classes are humorous yet powerful. Moreover, Eric is good at asking systematic and constructive questions, thus leading participants to reflect on how to improve the cooperation of a team.
Director, ROI on Talent
Evert Pruis worked as a change manager and learning consultant for Atos and Shell—Royal Dutch Oil upon receiving a master’s degree in educational design and development. At present he is a corporate talent development specialist, partner of Forzes, and founder of ROI on Talent. It is his passion to work on the company-added value of learning. He does this through innovative solutions that directly improve work performance. Since 2008 Evert has helped clients envision, build, and deliver frameworks for talent development and talent management. Evert has spoken at ATD events seven times and delivered his first TED Talk, “The Future of Talent,” at TEDxStrijp.
Director, Interesting Organization Singapore Pte Ltd
Fredrik Härén is an author and keynote speaker on business creativity, change, and global business. He has delivered 2,000 presentations in more than 60 countries on six continents. He was voted Speaker of the Year in Sweden and was selected as one of the "The Best Swedish Speakers Ever." He is one of 700 Certified Speaking Professionals and one of 30 GSPGlobal. Fredrik has written nine books, including The Idea Book and The Developing World. His latest book, One World. One Company, is about what it means to be a truly global company.
Co-Founder and COO, Pinnacle Performance Company
G. Riley Mills is the co-founder of Pinnacle Performance Company and co-author of The Pin Drop Principle. He has coached in more than 30 countries, helping some of the world’s top executives and business leaders improve their communication skills. Mills has delivered guest lectures and keynote speeches for Columbia University, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition, the London Chamber of Commerce, New York University, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, the Learning and Skills Conference (London), several regional chapters of ATD and the Society for Human Resource Management, Singapore Management University, and Manchester United.
Chairman of the Board of Advisors, CCL Greater China
Harvey Chen is chairman of the advisory board of CCL Greater China. He oversees CCL’s operations serving multinational corporations, state-owned enterprises, and private enterprises in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. He’s led numerous projects in individual leadership development, strategic leadership, organizational change and transformation, innovation leadership, and cross-culture leadership. Harvey’s professional experience includes chairman of First Light Academy of Finance and Management, Shanghai; CEO of Global EduTech Management (China); senior global currency analyst at JP Morgan; economist at the International Monetary Fund; Jean Monnet lecturer in the Economics of the EU at the London School of Economics and Political Science; and naval architect at Guangzhou Shipyard. He has also served on the boards of directors of Bank of Montreal (China) and the Swiss company Luwa Air Engineering (Shanghai). He is an expert and contributor of Oxford Analytica, UK.
Chairman & CEO, Sunnet Technology Co., Ltd.
Mr. Huang Hsu-Hung founded Sunnet Technology in 1996 and established the then most visited Chinese virtual community – CityFamily – in 1997, once more than three million registered users. Since 2000, he has taken many different roles: Initiator of Taiwan Digital Content and Technology Development Association, President and Honorary President of e-learning Industry Alliance, Advisory committee member of National program of e-learning, Advisory committee member of Digital content office of Executive Yuan, Honorary advisor of National Project Management Association, Facilitator of Network Science Park for e-learning Program, and Executive Director of Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps. In 2004, He was admitted to the Ph.D program in the Department of Sociology of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University and received his PhD in 2009. He was the first Taiwanese PhD student of the Department of Sociology. He has been serving as the Deputy Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Development Research Center of Tsinghua University since 2008, hoping to contribute to the society.
Co-founder, Shanghai Performance Improvement Management Consulting Co.
Hui Ding is the co-creator of the GPS-IE Performance Improvement System, and the co-founder and president of Shanghai Performance Improvement Management Consulting Co. He has more than 18 years’ experience in learning and development and management consulting, and is a founding member of the International Society for Performance Improvement China Chapter. He founded Reach One management consulting in 2004, which became the leading performance improvement consulting firm in China. He served many industries, such as communications, hospitality, agriculture, high tech, and manufacturing. Throughout his career, he’s also held various leadership positions, such as general secretary of China Management Training Alliance.
Sr. Executive Director, APM Group
James Engel has the mantra Whatever It Takes for Southeast Asia’s largest organization and people development firm, The APM Group. He has 15 years of experience in HR and in line operations, combined with 20 years of consulting, coaching, and facilitation spanning multiple continents, cultures, and industries. He is a proponent of driving ROI through training and development. James has a long record of success designing innovative solutions that accelerate leadership and executive team capability development and the pace of change within organizations. Based in Bangkok, he is a frequent columnist for Thailand’s top daily newspaper, The Nation, and is also a regular guest speaker and lecturer at various institutes, universities, and international conferences.
Founding Partner and Chairman, AppWorks Ventures and Taiwan Internet and E-Commerce Association
Jamie Lin is the founder of AppWorks Accelerator, the largest of its kind in Asia with 270 startups and 580 founders in its alumni network. Prior to AppWorks, Jamie was an associate at HSS Ventures and an analyst at All Asia Partners. During his life as an entrepreneur, Jamie co-founded online PC retailer Hotcool.com, Chinese enterprise search solutions company Intumit, travel social network Sosauce.com, and game studio Muse Games. He received a BS in engineering from National Taiwan University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. His blog, MR JAMIE, provides inspiration to 3 million people worldwide every year.
Speaker, The Center For Work Ethic Development
Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as an executive, speaker, and trainer, he has delivered results around the globe. He has given keynotes and training workshops to a wide variety of organizations across North America, the Middle East, and Asia, including the Association for Talent Development and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Training magazine named him one of the Top 10 Trainers Under 40 in America, and the Denver Business Journal named him one of Denver’s 40 Under 40. Josh is a published author and is frequently cited in national publications including the New York Times. He has been appointed to serve a second term on the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and to lead the State Education and Training Steering Committee.
Chairman, e-Learning Consortium Japan
Kenji Kato is an international business leader with 40 years’ experience in human resources development and training. He joined Fujitsu Limited in 1976, and transferred to Fujitsu Learning Media Limited in 1994. He became president and CEO of the company in 2011, stepping down in March 2016 to assume the position of executive adviser. Kenji is very active on boards outside the company; he serves as chairman of the e-Learning Consortium Japan, a member of the e-Learning Awards Forum Executive Committee, executive secretary of ICT CONNECT 21, and director of the ATD International Member Network Japan.
Senior Partner and Chief Facilitator, GENE100
Kevin Hao is the senior partner and chief facilitator of Gene100. He’s highly experienced in improving managers’ and leaders’ daily working lives, transforming team behaviors, and increasing organizational efficiency. Kevin has trained more than 500 facilitators and written more than 10 professional relevant translation and reviewing books, including The Secrets of Facilitation, second edition, The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy, Advanced Facilitation Strategies: Tools & Techniques to Master Difficult Situations, Click: The Virtual Meetings Book, and Action Learning.
President, Instructional Design, Inc.
Koko Nakahara is president of Instructional Design in Japan. Previously she developed training and performance management solutions for leading Japanese and foreign companies, including Citibank and Microsoft. She is committed to advancing the instructional design field to meet the needs of Japanese companies to develop and manage their human resources and human capital. Koko has a bachelor’s degree in education art history from IWATE University in Japan, and also studied educational planning systems and intercultural communication at Cornell University. She is a certified member of the Designing Instruction for Web-Based Training Certification Program from Darryl L. Sink & Associates. She also completed ATD’s ROI and HPI certification courses.
Director, Asia Pacific Business Development, Hogan Assessments
Session: Global Benchmarking High Potentials
As director of Asia Pacific business development for Hogan’s global alliances division, Krista Pederson focuses on developing and supporting distributor relationships and growing Hogan business in the Asia Pacific region. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Krista’s experience makes her instrumental in facilitating communication between Hogan and its international partners, while also developing and expanding the capabilities of Hogan partners. Krista has worked on the adaptation and translation of various reports and assessments at Hogan, including the Hogan Judgment Report and the Chinese Insight Report series. Krista is a graduate of Baylor University. She studied sociology and Chinese, graduating magna cum laude with University Scholar major, as part of Baylor honor’s college. Additionally, she has a language certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Tsinghua University, where she studied abroad in Beijing.
Management Consultant, Business Consultants, Inc.
Mahamoud Dante is a consultant at Business Consultants and a MBA candidate at Globis Graduate University. At Business Consultants, he is a trainer and business developer, with Asia and Africa as his areas of expertise. His previous work experience includes management roles in the tourism industry and as a sales executive at a Japanese automobile export firm. Mahamoud acts as class leader in his MBA program and has extensive experience representing the Globis MBA institution as a speaker. He is also an active member of the Toastmasters Club in Tokyo.
Deputy Director of Marketing, CommonWealth Magazine
Mark Hsia, now the Deputy Director of Marketing Department of the Common Wealth magazine, has fully engaged in developing the mobile e-learning courses and helps the HR of the companies to plan the O2O(Online to Offline) training courses. In 2001, Mark Hsia joined the Common Wealth magazine. Based on the experiences of visiting customers, he found that many Taiwanese companies, faced with the training of future talent, are in urgent need of mobile learning solutions which can help their employees to take full advantage of the fragmented time. Accordingly, in early 2014, Mark Hsia and Benjamin Jiang, the editorial writer of Common Wealth magazine, cofound the Common Wealth Innovative Campus (CWIC). Allying with the prestigious think tanks in Taiwan, such as Industrial Technology Research institute (ITRI), Institute for Information Industry (III), Commerce Development Research Institute (CDRI), Taiwan Academy of Banking and Finance (TABF), and IBM etc, they keep conducting a lot of in-depth studies on the talent training, and endeavored to research and develop the most suitable products of mobile learning for the enterprises. So far, their team has successfully assisted more than 30 leading companies and government agencies to bring the products of CWIC on board and to help enterprises to cultivate talents. CWIC aims to become the EMBA Programs for Enterprises on the Cloud, therefore we continue to focus on abstracting the most current updates on finance and management field, while developing new courses for mobile learning to make CWIC the classroom on-the-go for professional managers.
General Manager, Vine Management Consulting Company
Ming Chou is general manager of Vine Management Consulting Company. Previously he was senior manager in whole functions of human resources practices and was also involved in business strategic decisions. After accumulating several years’ teaching experience, he realized his mission of creating and enriching other people’s value, both in work and life. Now, he is a professional trainer and consultant for many enterprises.
Regional Talent and Development Manager, Corning
Monica Chung is now a regional talent and development manager at Corning, responsible for supporting talent management and employee learning and development initiatives in Taiwan, Korea, and China. She works collaboratively with internal and external resources to develop, deploy, maintain, and improve talent management and learning and development processes and solutions in the region. Monica has more than 15 years of experience in human resource development and has comprehensive knowledge of talent management and employee learning and development, including English language learning and management. Monica holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and literature from National Tsing Hua University, and a master’s degree in instructional systems technology from Indiana University.
L&D Consultant, ICM
For 17 years, Laura van den Ouden been working as a senior trainer and L&D consultant. She currently works for ICM, an award-winning training company in Holland, designing and implementing extensive learning programs and corporate universities for international organizations. Laura works together with the board of directors and HR to get support for these learning programs by successfully connecting the business strategy to talent development. Her passion is to create movement in organizations based on the talent of employees, so that employees feel empowered and the clients of these organizations notice better performance. It’s very rewarding when employees experience increased self-confidence and pleasure in exploring their talents.
Director, Shanghai Performance Improvement Management Consulting Co.
George has more than 25 years of experience working in both China and the United States. He specializes in talent strategy, human performance technology, instructional design, curriculum development, e-learning, and organization development. He has held senior positions at IBM, Ericsson, HayGroup, and Qwest, has been the lead on a variety of projects in China and the United States, and possesses a verifiable track record of creating proven results. He was the main translator and strategist for the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals, which is China’s first comprehensive training guide book. George also served as president of the International Society for Performance Improvement Minnesota Chapter in 2001 and 2002. He is also ATD’s only designated facilitator for the Designing Learning course in China.
President, aEnrich Technology Corporation
George Yang is president of aEnrich, one of the top tier service providers in the LMS/eHRD field, and well-known for its integrated HRD total solutions. George is an experienced consultant in organization talent development who identifies issues and promotes his clients’ value during each project implementation and change management initiative. George combines business operational strategy with the talent development policy of his clients, guided by corporate performance goals. Over the last decade and a half, he has successfully consulted with more than 100 clients to build benchmark cases in various sectors. He also guided OK Mart to win a 2009 ATD Excellence in Practice Award. Chailease Finance Co., another longtime client and partner, also received an ATD Excellence in Practice Award in 2013 and 2015. In 2008, George teamed up with Productivity Dynamics, and introduced Reza Sisakhti’s methodology and sales force competency model to the Taiwan business field.
CEO, Founder, and Managing Director, i4talent Corporation, itim Japan
Mari Fuji is a talent and organization development consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach with 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and development in multicultural corporations. Her experiences include talent development director for Bayer Yakuhin, the Japanese pharmaceutical and healthcare division of German conglomerate Bayer group, and recruiting, learning and development, and organization development director for QVC Japan.
Professor, Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design
Nobutaka Ishiyama is a professor at Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design, having joined in April 2013. Previously, he worked at the NEC, GE, and Bio-Rad Laboratories as a human resources practitioner. He received a BA from Hitotusbashi University, an MBA from SANNO Graduate School, and a PhD in policy, planning, and development from Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design. He also has given many presentations and lectures on his research at universities and conferences across Japan. He is the chairperson of the ATD Japan talent management committee.
Principal and Founder, Greater China Center for Positive Change, Hong Kong Center for Positive Change
Dorothy Pui Yin TSUI is a dedicated talent and organization development practitioner. Her broad portfolio includes clients from government agencies, nonprofits, and multinational corporations across industries in Greater China, Southeast Asia, and the United States. As principal of the Greater China Center and Hong Kong Center for Positive Change, which are official international centers of the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC), Dorothy designs and facilitates co-creative processes that are firmly grounded in the strength-based principles of Appreciative Inquiry for positive and lasting change. She is a CPC leadership team member and serves as a principal to support its development in Asia.
Ria van Dinteren is an established author of five books on brain learning and neuroscience. She finished a master study on education management at the University of Roehampton in 2007. As member of the advisory board of TVOO, University Amsterdam, and O&O, Ria is involved in the human resource development field, higher education, and neuroscience. As an educational expert and business management expert, she is also a certified facilitator who coaches teams and organizations. Ria conducts master classes for using brain techniques for learning and innovating in healthcare, education, and industry. She is also a well-known speaker in the Netherlands and spoke at ATD 2016 about the relationship between knowledge, culture, and the impact on learning.
CEO, DOOR International B.V.
Ricardo Lillo is dedicated to one goal: helping organizations around the world achieve measurable and sustainable results. As CEO of DOOR International, one of the leading training and consulting companies in the world, he is passionate about enabling leaders, teams, and organizations to improve their performance and effectiveness. He is an international keynote speaker and global accountability expert who has led changes in the leading companies of the automotive, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries.
Training Manager, MicroPact
Ronda Davis loves learning and technology. She is the training manager at MicroPact and an associate faculty member in the College of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Phoenix, where she received the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Junior Faculty of the Year. Ronda has presented at the ATD Metro DC Chapter, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC State Jaycees Annual Convention, and Women Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning Conference. She is a Project Management Professional and holds a BS in information systems and operations management and an MS in information technology and management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Managing Partner, Hogan Assessments
Session: Global Benchmarking High Potentials
Ryan Ross has more than 20 years of experience across a wide range of industries. He has worked in numerous practices at Hogan over the last 14 years, including the selection and development practices, as well as working with Hogan’s strategic alliances and partners around the world. Ryan has developed and implemented large-scale, multilevel selection programs domestically and internationally, and has consulted with organizations on recruiting people to new jobs and the use of personality-based, future-oriented job analysis. Ryan also has vast experience in validating and defending the use of personality assessments in the pre-employment context. In addition, Ryan’s experience also encompasses leadership development, talent management, and succession planning projects. He received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Baylor University and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa.
President and Founder, Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions
The power to deliver, the charisma to inspire—that is what audiences around the world get when attending an event with Sardek Love. An ATD Master Trainer and president and founder of Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions, Sardek has worked in 26 countries, inspiring, developing, and educating managers and leaders in Fortune 100 companies; high-tech organizations; local, state, and federal government agencies; and global brands. He is a popular international keynote speaker and highly sought after management consultant because his real-world experiences serve as the foundation of the powerfully captivating stories he uses to bring his sessions to life.
Professor and Dean, Peking University of Distance Learning for Medical Education
Shu Ping Gao has conducted and successfully completed more than 10 research projects sponsored or commissioned by the Chinese Ministry of Education, Chinese Ministry of Health, Peking University Health Science Center, and Peking University. She received a National Distance Achievement Award for her exceptional contribution in the area of distance education. She has authored articles for the Journal of Chinese Distance Education, Journal of Open Education Research, Journal of Continuing Medical Education, and Journal of Chinese Higher Medication Education, and has been chief editor for numerous articles.
R&D Director, HRD Institute
Taro Yoshioka is an R&D director and a learning facilitator at the HRD Institute. As an HRD consultant, he leads performance improvement projects for various industries, including Cisco Systems and Fuji Xerox. As a learning facilitator, Taro is a CTT+ holder and co-author of The Way of Professional Trainer, which is an authorized textbook for Microsoft MOT. He also develops talent development professionals in Japan, and produced The Workshop for HRD Professionals series for Nikkei BP Seminar. Taro has been a member of the HPI Forum in ATD’s International Network in Japan since 2011, and is a member of the University of Tokyo’s Coaching and Leadership Study Group, working to bridge the HRD and academic fields.
Associate Professor of Innovation Management, The University of Queensland Business School Executive Education
Tim Kastells’s specialties include innovation, innovation management, innovation systems, social network analysis, business model innovation, and lean startup. Through teaching, research, blogging (http://timkastelle.org/blog/), and consulting, Tim uses all of these tools to improve start-up performance, research commercialization, and corporate innovation.
Chief Inspiration Officer and Founder, MyLearningBoutique
Thilo Eckardt is the chief inspiration officer and founder of MyLearningBoutique, a Swiss-based, international people-focused consultancy. His mission is to develop companies and senior managers around the world and help managers to better walk the talk. Thilo has worked for more than 15 years in various international executive and board functions in the learning and development and consulting industry. He currently works as a consultant, speaker, senior coach, and trainer with various multinational companies in the area of talent and leadership development, change management, strategy implementation, and cross-cultural management. Thilo holds a PhD in cross-cultural marketing and teaches several marketing courses for master’s students at the highly ranked Universities EPFL (Polytechnic) and HEC (commercial) of Lausanne in Switzerland.
Wally Su graduated from National Sun Yat-sen University and majored in business administration. He has more than 20 years of experience in learning and development. He uses simple but engaging methods to deliver complicated content to make it easier for learners. Through great instructional design, Wally ensures that learners can apply what they’ve learned on the job.
Session: Engaging Nonstandard Workers
Wayne F. Cascio holds the Robert H. Reynolds Distinguished Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. He has published 28 books, and more than 185 articles and book chapters. A former president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation, and member of the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors, he served as a senior editor of the Journal of World Business from 2007 to 2014. Wayne received the distinguished Career award from the HR division of the Academy of Management in 1999, an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva in 2004, SHRM’s Losey Award for Human Resources Research in 2010, and SIOP’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions award in 2013. Currently he serves as chairman of the SHRM Certification Commission, and also as editor for international HR at the Journal of International Business Studies.
Senior Executive Vice President, Formosa Technologies Corporation
Formosa Automobile Corporation-Director, Formosa Plastic Group-Group Administration management section Team Leader, Formosa Plastic Group-Group Administration management section Management staff, NTU School of Professional Education and Continuing Studies-Lecturer, Chang Gung University- Lecturer, State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State, Council-Lecturer, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management-Lecturer, Sinopec, the China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation-Trainer, China National Chemical Engineering CO.LTD-Trainer, and CNOOC—Trainer ETC.