We are an international team of psychologists, coaches, facilitators, researchers, filmmakers, artists and digital experience designers. As pioneers in culture change, we have been championing the power of creative collaboration for over 16 years.
With optimism for the future, we embrace the unknown, collaborate often and strive to make a positive impact on our world.
From our head offices in London and Shanghai, we deliver learning and culture transformation programmes to a global client list in 33 countries.
Creativity is an innate ability
Creativity isn’t something restricted to certain types of people or professions. It’s an innate human ability that can be developed by any individual or team, just like any other skill.
Creativity is the future of work
Digital technology and automation are reducing the need for technical specialists and increasing the need for adaptable, creative problem solvers. Creativity has become the strongest predictor of high performance in business today.
Culture is the strategy
Commercial performance is driven by people and actively managing an organization’s culture is the most powerful way to unlock the potential of those people. It drives the achievement of all major business goals.
Innovation is collaborative
Working closely and iteratively with others enables us to generate more ideas, test them fast and feed off each other’s experience and strengths. Most of the world’s greatest innovations were developed by many people, not one.
Our global team
From the psychology of change and leadership coaching, to innovation, improvisation, team coaching and employee experience, our team is expert in igniting the creative power of people working together.
Chief Psychologist & Founder
Eugene believes creativity is our greatest human resource and has dedicated his career to helping individuals, organisations and whole communities to put their creativity to good work.
Eugene’s groundbreaking work has been instrumental in promoting the importance of creative thinking in Leadership, Learning and Mental Health across the globe.
Eugene has mentored and coached over 2000 senior leaders within global superbrands such as adidas, BBC, EY and Sony Music. His expertise lies in drawing out their creative intelligence as the essential resource in leading thriving organisations in an increasingly complex world.
He is co-founder of Lead Like a River: 8 day leadership retreats in remote wilderness locations across the world. Ranked in The Times top 20 life changing experiences, Lead Like A River helps leaders to use their experience to make a greater contribution to people and the planet. Eugene’s pioneering work combining eco-psychology with contemporary leadership has helped re-envision leadership for the 21st Century.
He has also brought many organisations and communities together in creative collaborations that combat prejudice and promote social inclusion and positive social change. Most recently he directed a series of mulit-award winning documentaries, exhibitions and workshops that shared 500+ people’s real-life stories of migration.
Eugene is a certified coach, group facilitator and licenced psychotherapist with training in Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamics. He is particularly interested in working with the unconscious and active imagination to enable people to release their full creative potential. He has extensively researched the role of imagination and archetypes in leadership and developed The Leadership Archetypes as a methodology for contemporary leadership development. He has also a won multiple awards for his work including most recently best director at London Independent Film Festival.
Eugene believes everyone is inherently creative and is passionate about enabling everyone in society to reclaim their creative potential so that we can affect positive change and transformation.
Design Director, Future of Work
Doug plays a central role with our clients on a number of projects across the four years that he has been at Artgym. His goal is to create experiences that empower people to put their creativity to good work. Based in Shanghai, Doug leads the China team and works closely with the UK team to research, design and deliver immersive, participatory and creative experiences that have a transformational impact on the learner.
His passion to champion the voice of the learner across all phases of the research, design and development of our learner experiences ensures that Artgym deliver truly learner centred transformational experiences to everyone involved – no matter how big or small.
Candy is a leadership facilitator and coach who creates optimum physical and digital learning environments. She is an experienced Executive Coach who works at a very deep level with her one-on-one clients, and at the same time has the confidence and experience to create intimacy and trust in groups of 40+. She is particularly passionate about designing and facilitating blended learning programmes, including microlearning.
Having worked in international organisations throughout her career, including Warner Music International and CNN, Candy knows that innovation in organisations is driven by diversity of thought, which starts by fostering a creative, inclusive culture. Candy creates psychologically safe environments for her clients to share their ideas, challenges and fears.
Candy’s client-list includes work for world-leading brands, such as adidas, Lebara, NGA, Time Out, Standard Bank, Unicef and Save the Children. In her coaching, Candy specialises in helping women leaders to define their leadership style within male-dominated environments. She also excels at coaching creative talents within more “left-brained” organisations, and in helping clients to navigate inter-generational differences. She has helped teams at Unicef and the London School of Economics to identify their performance blockers and coached these teams to drive business results whilst at the same time maintaining high team engagement and trust.
Candy has also designed and led leadership development programmes globally. Her recent work includes playing an integral role in designing a blended-learning, self-directed and scalable Management Development Program which has been delivered globally. This program has helped first-time people managers globally to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to perform at their best and lead teams to do the same.
Her certifications and qualifications include:
• Certified Team Coach, Team Coaching International
• Certified in the Emotional Intelligence psychometric, Emotional Capital Report
• Certified Life Coach, Open College, UK
• Certified Youth Coach, Open College, UK
• CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) post-graduate diploma in marketing
• TEFL, (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), International House
• Joint Honours Degree in French and English, Swansea University
Candy likes to stay fit and practises yoga as well as HIIT training. She also enjoys baking with her daughter and cooking and discovering new recipes with her son.
Program Lead: Team Effectiveness and Coaching
Raymond is results-driven. He works with clients to recognise and change their own patterns, learn how to cope with pressure and complexity, and tap into their own positive resources. Raymond stands for a creative but practical approach where he always looks at the bigger picture and therefore always works towards a clear vision.
Raymond specialises in Executive Coaching, Leadership Training, Team Coaching and Organisational Change. Some of the areas he coaches in include:
• Leadership and Management Coaching
• Vision development
• Leadership and Talent Development
• Cultural change
• Performance Management
• High-Performance Teams
• Value-based coaching
• Organisational Constellations
• Increasing personal confidence and resilience
• Communication Skills
• Facilitating workshops
Raymond has helped people to positively change all over the world. In a telecom organisation of over 1000 employees across Europe and Australia, Raymond designed and delivered a cultural change programme aimed at increasing employee engagement and driving sales. He did this by working at multiple levels (Board, Line Management, Employees). Through several creative workshops, he helped to create role models vertically through the organisation, instilling an attitude of creativity and curiosity. Not only did this programme bring the company culture to a new level, but sales also went up, employee engagement increased, and, above all, the company was able to leverage all of the previously untapped knowledge and wisdom of their employees to get the company to the next stage of growth.
In another example of driving change, Raymond designed and delivered an ongoing Leadership Development program for a retail organisation based on the principles of managing a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world, igniting creativity within teams to increase performance, and balancing strategic thinking and short-term goals. The result was not only improved business performance, but overall a marked reduction in sickness rates among employees who are now less likely to experience burn out.
Raymond holds certifications in the following areas:
• Personal Coaching
• NLP Master Coach (ABNLP)
• NLP Trainer (ABNLP, HNLP, PsiNLP, ILM)
• Organisational Constellations (Bert Hellinger)
• Team Performance Coach (Team Coaching International)
He believes that when you reconnect people, teams and organisations with their core, their inner passion and their strengths the effect will be long-lasting and doesn’t stick for just a few months.
Louise has worked with Artgym for over 10 years and was until recently the Course Director for the Advanced Diploma in Leading Creative Collaboration. She was involved in the original design and launch of this ground-breaking accredited programme and was also involve in supporting the launch of the Advance Diploma in Shanghai where she held the role of course tutor.
She has led numerous research, design and delivery projects with Artgym over the years and has worked with many global organisations. She has nearly 30 years of experience in leading change in individuals, teams and organisations, and specialises in arts-based methods.
She is currently a PHD student within the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytical studies at the University of Essex. Her research interest involves exploring the emotional, psychological and relational processes that help or hinder transformation in individuals, organisations, communities and adult education.
Louise has a MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and is course director at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education for the Post Graduate Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of The Arts.
Louise is passionate about the power of creative collaboration to effect positive change in the world and has recently co-edited the special edition journal on creative collaboration for the Association of Management Education and Development.
Louise loves walking, especially going on long pilgrimages, and is happiest when she has a rucksack on her back and her walking boots on.
Program Lead: Leadership and Transformation
Rob Schilling is the Course Director for Artgym’s Shanghai Advanced Diploma in Leading Creative Collaboration. He believes strongly in the transformative power of creativity, for individuals, groups and organizations.
On the Advanced Diploma, Rob serves as Producer, Director and Conductor, all in one. He sets the context from the start of the journey through to graduation and beyond, taking a group of individuals with their own goals for the course and needs, and bringing them together while balancing group dynamics, psychological safety, and role-modelling creative collaboration facilitation. Rob loves the individual transformations people experience on the Diploma, the way participants are able to turn their inspirations into meaningful contributions to the world, and moment when the group becomes a community.
For more than 20 years, Rob has been bringing about innovation and transformation for clients in over 25 countries. His diverse work includes working with an adidas Golf team to understand where they wanted to go as a team and how to get there, challenged the mindset of the senior leadership team at Tesco Thailand, and spurred the creativity of a global beverage company, helping their team to excel and win huge awards for social responsibility and their marketing. In Rob’s work, it’s never about what he does, but rather what the client wants to do.
Rob’s certifications include:
• BA in Psychology, University of New Hampshire
• Certificate in Integral Coaching, New Ventures West
• Somatic Business Coach
• Association of Facilitators, Level 3
Outside of work, Rob is passionate about animals. He has a house full of furry friends and enjoys volunteering for animal shelters.
Tanja brings 20 years of business experience in a global corporate setting to her Coaching and Facilitation work.
She has held a range of international leadership roles and led teams directly or laterally across continents. This is where Tanja learnt that it takes a strong shared vision to motivate employees to reach their full potential and create successful change.
Moving from a small town in Germany to living in Southampton and Sao Paulo and travelling 55 countries with her backpack have made Tanja believe in the importance of changing perspectives. She has first-hand experience of how this brings expansion, growth and the emergence of new things.
Whether working one-to-one, with teams or the whole culture, Tanja’s focus is to help guide her clients through change and growth – truly believing that the success of any venture is based on the people driving it.
Recent projects include working with AXA, STADA, BMW and Charlotte Tilbury.
Her qualifications include:
- Diploma in Business Administration & General Management from Hof University, Germany
- Co-Active Coach by the Coaches Training Institute, US/Germany
- NLP Practitioner by the Fresh Academy Germany
Her fields of expertise are:
- Personal & Leadership Development
- Team Development
- Business Development (Vision/Mission/Strategy)
- Intercultural work
When not in the office, she feels best in the great outdoors – be that on the beach or a mountain summit.
Andy is a firm believer that we are all capable of doing more than we already do but that working harder isn’t always the answer. If we are going to make an impact in business, for society and for the world, it’s our behaviours that change everything.
Andy is a leadership facilitator and creativity coach with over 10 years’ experience helping leaders, innovators and companies to excel. His work helps people to re-imagine working approaches, become more adaptable to change and navigate solutions to professional and personal challenges.
Working with international brands such as Adidas, Santander, Ricoh and London Business School, Andy is committed to helping the most ambitious brands invest in the people and creative, innovative ideas that make the difference to company success. Through a combination of management training, leadership strategy sessions and design thinking workshops, he enables and inspires people to think differently and do things differently with an action-focused approach.
Andy is also an Author and the Founder of Creators Club, an organisation supporting creative entrepreneurs and independent creators to realise their potential. Their work harnesses the unique power of collaboration through interactive and creative business events throughout the UK. He brings this vast experience in designing workshops, leading events and training facilitators to catalyse creativity in corporate environments.
With a background in design, coupled with a deep appreciation for our mind/body/spirit connection, Andy brings an uplifting and creative approach to the spaces he works. He uses techniques from coaching, NLP, theatrical training, design thinking and mindfulness, to help people create new ways of thinking, being and acting.
In his personal life he aspires to design and build a cool eco home, keep writing more books and get better at swing dancing.
Susana is a leadership facilitator and coach who specialises in helping leaders think creatively, communicate effectively, strengthen their emotional intelligence and enhance their influencing skills.
Susana believes that increasing creativity in an organisation begins with the individuals –by first creating a psychologically safe, trust-based environment for her clients. She then challenges them to tap into their creative potential by using a variety of methods and techniques. Susana is expert at designing powerful experiences around the specific needs of each of the individuals and groups she works with – utilising a range of creative methods from visualisation and drawing to photography and music.
Susana has honed her expertise with some of the world’s leading brands, including facilitating creative leadership programmes internationally with adidas, NGA HR, Westfield, Edwards Life Sciences and BUPA, amongst other projects both in the private and public sector. The output of her work is to ensure leaders learn how to continuously think and act differently.
Recently, Susana facilitated leadership teams and professional caregivers of 15 residential care facilities for people with Alzheimer’s. The aim of the project was to transform their approach to care. The outcome was an innovative, patient-centred approach that incorporates art, music, storytelling and other innovative therapies to meet the patients’ physical and psychological needs.
Her certifications and qualifications include:
• Certified Professional Co-Active Coach by the Coaches Training Institute.
• NLP Practitioner by NLP Life Training UK.
• Certified Coach in Emotional Intelligence “Emotional Capital Report ECR 360” by Roche Martin UK.
• Post Graduate Diploma in “Psychopathology and Health, anxiety and depression” by the Open University Spain.
• Chemical Engineer by Universidad Politécnica Madrid.
Susana practices what she preaches in her life: she is constantly learning, walking in nature with her dog Paca and creating authentic connections with others.
Vanessa is a high-energy facilitator who regularly leads groups of between 6 and 50 participants. She coaches individuals and groups to make breakthroughs, use their insights to inspire others and to engage with their natural creativity and courage to make real, sustainable change.
In over 25 years’ experience running leadership development programmes, and 20 years coaching, Vanessa has learned that teams are often more eloquent and successful at expressing themselves through visual art rather than words, which is why she regularly works with colour, drawing, metaphor and making. Vanessa challenges leaders to better navigate relationships and complexity, to expertly manage change and conflict, and to find the confidence to discard limiting beliefs, engage with creativity and take risks.
Vanessa primarily works in the following sectors: Finance, Market Research, Pharmaceutical, Professional Services and Retail. Vanessa encourages teams to consult a wide range of stakeholders, to ensure their success is in line with changing contexts. Her qualifications include:
• Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching, AoEC (Masters level)
• International Systemic Team Coaching Certificate, AoEC
• Accredited Artgym Facilitator
• She is a psychology graduate with a deep insight into people that informs her work
• Licensed in MBTI, DISC, Social Styles, MSCEIT (EQ ability test), Team Connect 360
Outside of her work, Vanessa spends time with her family, enjoys modern art, stays healthy and seeks opportunities to help those around her.
Stefan uses purposeful creativity to deliver better results. He does this by listening carefully and providing positive as well as constructive feedback to ensure his clients’ needs are always met, and by creating workshops with clients that challenge people to do things in a different way. This is an approach he role-models in his own work as well, which is why his mindset can be defined by one question: “Why not?”.
Stefan is a management facilitator and leadership coach who helps individuals and teams to achieve their goals. This includes guiding management teams to create a vision, defining ways of working, and solving conflicts. Stefan also designs and runs leadership programmes and coaches senior leaders from various industries.
Recently, Stefan designed and facilitated a number of workshops with Senior executives in the Aviation industry to help them create an inspiring vision and mission. Stefan pushed participants beyond the boundaries of written language by encouraging them to express their views graphically to access their creative brains. The end result was a stronger, more innovative vision for the organisation.
Another recent project saw Stefan working with a Senior Leader (FMCG) from South Africa and his multi-cultural team, made up of more than 10 nationalities. Stefan used culture profiling to foster mutual understanding and to unleash the combined creative power amongst team members.
Stefan pursued his academic career in the UK, France and Germany, earning a degree in mechanical engineering, a post-graduate degree in business and an MBA. He is licensed to use the Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI®) as well as the LIFO®-Method. He also holds a non-expiring ICAO language proficiency certificate level 6 (of 6). Recently he was awarded the Artgym Advance Practitioner Certificate.
Learning and development is his biggest professional passion. Beyond that his greatest passion is being a parent. In his spare time, he enjoys acting as a pilot in command and participates regularly in triathlon competitions.
Tan Ling Sian
Ling Sian is a facilitator who is passionate about bringing humanity into the workplace by creating human connections and authentic conversations. She brings this into the leadership programmes she facilitates by creating a psychologically safe space, which lies at the basis of building a culture of creativity and innovation.
Ling Sian has worked with various global clients across industries in the space of learning design, skills development and leadership. In her work as a facilitator, she has helped leaders, teams and organisations to become more purposeful, creative and impactful.
As a designer of learning programmes, she implements a design thinking approach and is keen to apply insights from the world of neuroscience.
Recently, Ling Sian has played a key role in the design of a leadership development programme for directors. The outcome was an innovative, self-directed blended learning experience, structured around mindset, practice and performance, with behavioural impact in the day-to-day environment of the learners.
Ling Sian’s core focus areas are:
• Leadership development, exploring themes such as purposeful leadership, transformation and group dynamics
• Disruptive thinking and design thinking
• High Performance Teams
• Executive presence
Her certifications and qualifications include:
• Masters Applied Economics, University of Antwerp, Belgium
• Post Masters International Relations and Diplomacy, University of Antwerp, Belgium
• Acting Essentials at NIDA (National Institute for Dramatic Arts), Sydney, Australia
• Advanced Financial Analysis, Amsterdam Institute of Finance, Netherlands
• Certified practitioner in Deep Democracy The Lewis Method, Sydney, Australia
• Design Sprint, Gouvieux, France
• Professional Qualification in Photography, Encora, Antwerp, Belgium
She helps to ignite people’s creativity by offering them space and techniques to be curious, playful and confident about their creative ability. To be creative is to tap into one’s imagination, make connections and be courageous. She strives to empower people by helping them to link their creativity to a purpose.
Ling Sian loves taking long walks in nature with my dog, buying more books than she can ever read, and thinks the best way to explore a city is to get lost in its streets.
Certified Facilitator Creative Collaboration
Lynne is a certified and accredited Advanced Facilitator, coach and supervisor. She meets people where they are and works with them to build their confidence in themselves and, ultimately, their potential to create and innovate. In short, her job is to enable others to connect their own dots to produce insights.
Lynne knows that creativity shows up in a number of ways. Her process starts with creating safety, then incorporates curiosity, listening, mirroring, drawing and image exploration. Lynne excels at facilitating in the moment, paying close attention to what emerges in a group and adjusting as necessary, whether she is working with 1 person or 150. Her facilitation is grounded in Somatics and Firo, and she believes strongly in the power of individual choice.
Her work has included facilitation and coaching with world-renowned brands, such as adidas, NGA HR, Lebara, Virgin Media and Reuters, as well as with not for profit organisations and communities.
Recently, Lynne designed and co-delivered a Leadership Development programme that aimed to enable strategic thinking rather than task delivery, to deepen client-centricity and to facilitate innovation in thinking and action. Lynne created an immersive programme with blended content, including 360-degree feedback, a skills gym, action learning and live events. The end result, as evidenced by feedback and conversations, included leaders who became more emotionally intelligent, were able to articulate an innovative leadership vision, formed a solid support network and continue to access a range of tools to lead excellence through creative thinking.
Lynne’s qualifications include:
• BSc (1st class Honours) Psychology and Sociology
• Qualified Myers Briggs Practitioner
• Qualified NLP Coach and Practitioner
• Qualified FIRO Coach and Practitioner
• Qualified HAY Emotional Intelligence Assessor and Coach
• Qualified Somatic Coach
• Accredited Professional Executive Coach (Association for Coaching)
• Accredited Coaching Supervisor
• Accredited Advanced Level Facilitator (Association of Facilitators)
Lynne loves climbing mountains, both actually and metaphorically, and always enjoy the challenge of coming back down and landing well rather than focusing on reaching the peak.
Alex facilitates deeper connections both within and between people, leading to the emergence of new insights and ideas. He grounds these fresh perspectives and connections in actionable steps to help individuals and groups move from status quo to creativity and meaningful change.
Alex has a high-energy style that is infectious. He models authenticity and vulnerability in his work and inspires creative courage in his clients with processes that allow individuals to freely express themselves and access their creative intelligence. He taps into a number of techniques, including somatic intelligence, which complements and deepens the impact of rational thought.
Alex has spent more than 18 years investigating, applying and training in the areas of personal and professional development. His work draws on experience from both the business and charity sector where he co-designed and led business education and leadership programmes for over 25,000 people, including the first Global Social Leaders Programme for Future Foundations, now in its 7th year.
In 2013 Alex moved from London to Bolivia and worked as National Director of Sustainable Bolivia, an NGO supporting over 33 local organisations with human and financial resources. His work was recognised by the UN foundation who described Alex as “One of 24 people to watch who want to change the world,” citing Alex´s ability to link people, organizations and opportunities. Recently, he also co-founded Emerging Leaders Bolivia, a project aiming to develop the leadership qualities of young people of diverse social backgrounds.
Alex taps into his own creative expression through salsa, bachata, guitar, cooking, outdoor treks and visual workshop design.
Eric has specific expertise in helping clients unlock growth and organisational improvement through customer/employee centricity, with a focus on strategy, customer experience, and organisational engagement. He also provides career development coaching to undergraduate and graduate students as well as young professionals.
With over seven years of corporate strategy and management experience in China and the US, Eric has extensive experience as a strategist serving multiple types of clients from Fortune 500 MNCs and local private companies to collaborating partners from Asia, North America and Europe.
Eric was an Associate Director in Kantar Vermeer of WPP, a marketing and branding strategy consultancy. Prior to Kantar Vermeer, he worked as senior consultant at Gallup and Towers Watson, where he worked with leaders and organisations to achieve breakthroughs in employee engagement, leadership development and customer engagement. He also held positions in industry strategic planning at the Colorado State Government and business management in West Airport Group in China.
Eric is the President of the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) Alumni Group in China. His main effort is to make the alumni network in China stronger. Eric has a comprehensive business education background and holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge and a masters degree in organisation and management from the University of Colorado. He also holds a bachelors in marketing, and a masters degree in management in China.
With a diverse background in business and strategic thinking, Eric develops his coaching and training based on the in-depth understanding of the business models and strategies of each organisation. He believes in self-awareness and leverages the power of revealing one’s organisational self-awareness during coaching and facilitating sessions to co-create creative solutions with clients.
Eric is passionate about natural beauty and loves outdoor activities. He is very interested in providing pro-bono events and sessions for young professionals to discover individual strengths and identify future career possibilities.
Idot Wong is a life and team coach who is passionate about unleashing the potential of individuals and teams in life and at work.
She uses colors as media to ignite creativity in workshops, and her personal breakthrough was, with no formal art training, realizing her passion for expressive art painting which has developed into a new potential for creative development for herself and others.
With over 20 years of marketing experience in the Asia Pacific with multi-national companies, Idot promotes the B4B Challenge – ‘Big Data for Business’, a competition for start-ups and innovative talents in Hong Kong. With a rich career in Marketing and Communications in Asia, she held key positions at Kohler, Dorma and Amway.
Idot’s certifications include:
• Evolutionary Coach Training Programme (ICF/ACSTH) – CC Coaching Centre/Corporate Potential (2017)
• MBA, eCommerce & Management – ESC Grenoble, France (2001)
• Bachelor of Social Sciences – University of Hong Kong (1988)
Born & raised in Hong Kong, Idot speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and basic French. She is based in Shanghai and delivers all over China and Hong Kong
Ben believes everyone is creative and that we all have a story to tell. He thinks individuals and organisations flourish best and become more innovative when they have a better understanding of how to do both. His work is about giving people the confidence and capacity to do this better.
Ben’s background is in professional theatre as a writer, dramaturg, facilitator and producer. He also co-founded and co-directed the Ministry of Stories, a community-based writing centre for young people in east London. He was jointly responsible for developing its creative education programmes and the teams of volunteer mentors that supported the young people on them. He then mentored new leaders inspired by the Ministry model in how to start up and establish their own new organisations across the UK. His work focuses now on how increased creativity and better storytelling can lead to individuals and organisations having greater impact.
Ben’s core expertise is in writing, storytelling, the performing arts and in collaborative creative work, particularly with children and young people, but he also believes there is a lot that adults can learn from young people’s creativity. Ben’s ‘superpower’ is the development of individual and organisational stories as a way of creating change. He is a qualified professional coach and action learning set facilitator and a Fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme.
Adults are afraid to make mistakes, but there is no creativity without mistakes. We need safe spaces where getting it wrong first time is applauded as part of the process. From there, it’s about mentoring the innovator through the necessary reiteration and refinement to fully explore and complete an idea.
As an Expert Contributor on Artgym’s Advanced Diploma, he has already seen the course create more confident and collaborative people and is excited to see it do more!
Selma is an experienced Leadership Coach and Facilitator who loves to combine action and reflection. She specialises in leadership, career transition and developing high-performing teams. She believes that there is much more potential in teams and individuals when they actively seek that creative space and challenge themselves to use that potential.
Selma is result driven with a people-oriented approach. Selma has worked as a Leadership Coach and Facilitator for many different companies including T-Mobile and British Petroleum, and across different industries including FMCG, Healthcare and NGO’s (UNICEF, Red Cross). Having worked as a global Learning and Development Leader for the past 10 years for adidas, she is known to build creative and innovative learning solutions that are always directly linked to the strategic priorities of the business, including on a global leadership programme for experienced people managers and a High Performing Teams programme for leaders and teams.
In her team sessions and leadership programmes, she will always look for the stretch zones for the participants (and herself) to fully tap into the learning potential, create new perspectives and allow for new ideas to emerge.
Selma has a passion for working with teams and has a talent for being versatile and responding to the exact needs of each team. She strongly believes that each individual or team is unique and that’s why Selma uses a wide range of proven tools, techniques and activities to fully meet the needs of the team. Topics that Selma works on with her clients include:
• Building High Performing Teams
• 4 C’s: Communication – Collaboration – Commitment – Creativity
Selma holds an MSc in Social Psychology, is a Certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and certified ICF coach (ACC). She is also certified in HOGAN and LIFO(r)-method.
Selma has always had a fascination for people and their relationships. Finding where the connection is, for herself and others, is something she’s constantly doing in daily life. Her mission is to create space for human interaction at work.
Malcolm Nerva is a trainer, facilitator, and coach with 17 years’ experience in China, Singapore, and AsiaPac.
Malcolm trains and facilitates in a variety of areas, including:
• Creative Thinking
• Transformational Team Development
• Effective Communication Skills
• Team Leadership
• Personality Typing & Personal Development
• Intercultural Communication
Since his arrival in China in 2002, Malcolm has worked with numerous multinational, state-owned and small and medium enterprises throughout the mainland. Over the course of his career he has trained, coached, and assessed over 10,000 participants from all over the world. His clients include Airbus, Alibaba, BMW, China
Railway, Huawei and Volkswagen.
Malcolm recently delivered a team-building programme for a German auto maker aimed at improving participant’s abilities to adapt and thrive in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. He also recently worked with a Chinese MNC ecommerce, retail, Internet and AI conglomerate company to explore, understand and improve Intercultural Communications.
Malcolm graduated from The National University of Singapore with a Bachelors (Honors) in Business Administration. He is certified in MBTI Step I and II, DISC, Firo-B, and the Enneagram, and is a Career and Behavioral Consultant as well as an NLP Executive Coach. He is a regular guest lecturer at the BBA, MBA, and Masters of Finance programs at Peking, Tsinghua, and Renmin universities.
In his free time, Malcolm plays a number of instruments and loves to sing.
Ting-Ting Y Lin, PhD
Ting-Ting brings more than 20 years of professional experience in management and business to her design, coaching and facilitation work. Ting-Ting believes in lifelong learning and encouraging accountability for oneself and one’s environment. Her strength is combining logical thinking (as a trained engineer), objective analysis of complex issues and creative thinking to produce results for her clients.
Ting-Ting facilitates creative thinking by stimulating the thought process of individuals to explore, evaluate, experiment, reflect and find ways to continue the learning journey. She has developed and run development and training programmes in the areas of Leadership, Cross-Cultural Teams, Mindfulness, Strategy, and Innovation. The industries she has served include Automotive, Consultancy, Finance, Media, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Materials and Manufacturing.
Ting-Ting has a deep understanding of and key insights into critical business processes and quickly builds trust with her clients. She also spent 10 years as a tenured Professor at the University of California, San Diego, where designing and delivering research projects provided her the ability to be creative, entrepreneurial, and to think outside the box.
Her qualifications and accreditations include:
• Certified Coach/Mentor (Heartmath)
• Certified in Coaching for Excellence (New Ventures West)
• Certified CBMT (Corp- Based Mindfulness Training) Facilitator
• MBTI, Firo-B Practitioner
• EMBA program, Philips/Ashridge College
• Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University
Born and raised in Taiwan, Ting-Ting now lives in Shanghai. In her spare time, she practices Taichi, Yoga, and ballroom dancing.
Ave is a practical yet challenging facilitator and coach. She partners with clients in a thought-provoking way and focuses on bringing awareness to their strengths and building their confidence in their own creativity and capabilities.
Ave has led teams as a marketing executive and CEO, she has facilitated change in organizations like The Coca-Cola Company and Tallink/Silja Line. She also co-founded and later sold an e-commerce start-up. As a facilitator and coach, she has worked with senior teams of smaller start-ups and large oil and gas companies. Her list of clients Includes: adidas, OOCEP, Oman Gas Company, U-Technology, OMIFCO.
In a recent project, Ave worked with a senior team from OMIFCO to facilitate team work and collaboration and encourage proactive creativity. The participants reported a significant increase in team work and thinking wider to achieve company targets. They also demonstrated better conflict and time management, and more creativity and positive thinking.
Ave believes that teams are systems that can be co-designed by the participants to enable individuals to give more than they think they are capable of. Her certifications and qualifications include:
• Professional Certified Coach by International Coach Federation (ICF)
• Certification in Systemic Team Coaching by Academy of Executive Coaching
• Graduate of Co-Active Leadership Program by Coaches Training Institute
• Certified Professional Co-Active Coach by the Coaches Training Institute
• Master of Business Administration from Norwegian Business School
Ave Is passionate about understanding people and systems and dedicates time to self-development. She is also an avid golfer and has been practicing yoga and meditation for most of her life.
Sheryl is passionate about and specialises in coaching and facilitation with leaders and high performers to activate potential in all that they do. Leaders need to be able to recognize and take advantage of opportunities to ignite creativity and innovation in those around them; it helps teams gain stronger alignment towards business objectives and increases their ownership and determination. Sheryl’s approachable style quickly builds trust, relationship and collaboration in a way that creates new space for creative ideas to emerge. While leaders feel energized from working with Sheryl, her strong focus on enabling bold action is what pushes them to get results, which is why clients choose to work with her for years and years.
As a facilitator, Sheryl is unique because she has been in your shoes. She knows what it’s like to be stretched thin with big targets, complexities in the business, and complex people issues. Having held numerous leadership roles herself and through her work with over 1,500 leaders across the globe in the last decade, she has a deep understanding of what it takes to lead and inspire others, and how people’s potential can align with business objectives. Her greatest joy comes from helping leaders re-connect with their original purpose and ongoing passion.
Sheryl has had an exciting and diverse career – from consulting with Fortune 500 leaders at Procter & Gamble, Nestle, adidas to name a few to being a partner in a start-up. She has led large teams in global corporations and small teams in the non-profit sector. She has worked in manufacturing, financial services, and even in the wine industry. Her certifications include:
• Certified High Performance Coach (High Performance Institute)
• Licensed in DISC
• Licensed in Kozai Group Global Competencies Inventory
In her facilitation and coaching, Sheryl quickly creates space that is safe for people to get to the heart of the matter, and in turn, helps them bring more heart to the challenges they face.
Outside of work, Sheryl is a dedicated Mom of two teens with whom she loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors. Residing in Portland, Oregon, Sheryl is a nature girl at heart and you can find her training for her next event on the hiking trails or cycling circuit.
Cloud is a professional bilingual (Mandarin; English) training consultant and facilitator, aiming to provide clients with tailor-made learning experiences. These include Leadership and General Skills courses and programs in the form of training, facilitation and workshops. Cloud’s background is in the entertainment industry, with over 15 years of solid experience working in movie studios, media, hotels, theme parks and resorts.
He has worked with some of the top brands in the world in a variety of industries, including:
• Retail – Unilever, L’OREAL, Sephora, Eland, Coccinelle, Saint Angelo
• Automobile – Lincoln Motor, SAIC Motor
• Real Estate – Yanlord Land, Country Garden, Yango, JLL, Mori Building
• Telecom – China Telecom, Casco
• Finance – ICBC
• Hospitality – Homeinn Group, Huazhu Hotel Group
• Industrial – 3M, Ecolab, Ampleon, Morgan Advanced Materials, Johnson Matthey
• Pharmaceutical & Medical Device – Carestream, Fosun Pharma
• Internet – Byte Dance
• Advertising – Max Communication
• Tourism – 54Traveler
• Education – New York University Shanghai, East China Normal University, Fudan University
• NGO – AMCHAM, B-Corps, Shanghai Sunrise
Cloud is a Disney University Certified Trainer, Franklin Covey Certified Facilitator, DDI Certified Facilitator and an ICF Certified Coach. He specializes in experiential learning, action learning, facilitation, and coaching.
Cathleen works with multinational and Chinese local companies and is 100% devoted to her coaching work: 1:1 executive and leadership coaching, team and group coaching, coaching training and coaching mentoring. She is also a life-long learner on various topics with the purpose of enriching her life experience.
Cathleen has accumulated 30 years’ working experience including 8 years as an Executive & Leadership Coach, Coaching Training Facilitator and Mentor Coach, 16 years as a full-function corporate HR executive, and 6 years in engineering early on in her career.
Her partial client list includes 3M, ABB, Alibaba, Baidu, Baxter, Bayer, Coach, Colgate-Palmolive, Costa, Credit Agricole, Danfoss, Dover, eBay, Ecolab, Faurecia, Ford, Fujifilm, GSK, Henkel, Heraeus, HP, HSBC, Infineon, JD.com, K.D.Feddersen, Linde, L’Oreal, Mars, Microsoft, Mondelez, Novus, Omron, Oracle, Pernod Ricard, Pirelli, PPG, Rio Tinto, Roche, Saint Gobain, SAP, Schaeffler, SC Johnson, Standard Chartered, Syngenta, Tyco, UCB, UPM and ZF.
Her certifications and qualifications include:
- ICF PCC (July 2015)
- Certified Executive Coach (2013) and Team Coach (2018) by Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centred Coaching
- 2100 hours for 1:1 Coaching and Team Coaching, 90 sessions of “Leader as Coach” and “HR as Coach” workshop
- MBA from Shanghai Jiaotong University (2004)
- EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 practitioner (2012)
Cathleen’s coaching and facilitation style is a mixture of rational and emotional, supportive and challenging, strategic and tactical which is built on a solid foundation of mutual trust with clients, her true belief that people are creative, resourceful and full of potential, and her learning and delivering agility.
With a deep love for the universe and life, Cathleen has set a goal to live up to 125 years old and to not retire from coaching work until she is 99 years old. She likes reading leadership and people development related books, fiction and poetry. She grows flowers and travels around China and the globe.
Mila is a Millennial Coach – a coach for a new generation of leaders, teams of mixed generations and those who work for, with or towards the millennials. An empowering, confidence building and inspiring coach, Mila Dorosh combines her coaching talent with international experience, hands-on team leadership and business expertise to offer coaching and training services around the world.
Mila is ICF-certified (ACC) and WABC-certified coach, specializing in individual and team coaching for team leaders and high potential performers. Mila is not, however, just a dedicated coach professional, she has been using coaching in real life throughout her career to open the minds of her team members and build efficient and effective businesses. Mila has also been a guest speaker for American, British and European Chambers of Commerce and Tongji University School of Economics and Management and is currently serving on leadership teams of The Shanghai Coaching Circle and Motivate Shanghai community organizations.
Apart from successfully working with individuals, Mila has conducted training and coaching sessions for companies like Accenture, Air Liquide, Bayer, Daimler, Nike and Volkswagen to name a few. Her coaching expertise includes, but is not limited to, leadership development, communication skills, change management, cross-cultural communication and team development.
Mila works with both individuals and teams. Her tools for coaching sessions and workshops differ. For coaching assignments she uses ICF pure coaching approach to stimulate and provide the best environment for the coachee to attain their resources. In her facilitation, she starts from thorough preparation and interviews to develop the right approach to fit customers’ challenges and bring the best out of team dynamic on the day of the event. In her toolbox she has facilitation, coaching, action learning skills, mindfulness, psycho-somatic coaching and other methods as appropriate.
In addition to her entrepreneurial and developmental/coaching talents, Mila is fluent in English, Chinese and Russian and can converse in French, Spanish and Italian. Mila’s passion is bringing the best out in people, whether through coaching conversations or inspirational talks during her travels around the world, she is happy to witness and assist others to grow.
Annie specialises in business simulations and experiential learning. With over 15 years of experience in facilitating business simulations, Annie believes in observing behaviours and working to improve them. In her sessions, she sets the stage for people to be themselves, to be mindful of what they do and say, to reflect on the messages carried out in their behaviours and to set intentions to keep or change their behaviours in order to become better leaders and collaborators.
Annie frames creativity as a mindset that drives innovative behaviours. Her process emphasises communication and listening. She encourages people to talk, open up and explore their ideas in order to release their creativity and produce more connections and ‘Aha!’ moments.
For the past 3 years, Annie has been working with Michelin China. As part of the Young Manager Fast Growing Camp, she designed and delivered a programme aimed at helping increase young leaders’ creativity in day-to-day management. The feedback from the participants says her workshops are practical, intensive and fun, which perfectly describes what clients can expect from her facilitation.
Annie is a JOLT-certified Personal Transformation Coach and an Artgym Advanced Practitioner.
She loves outdoor activities such as mountain trekking, jogging and skiing; as well as reading, Latino ballroom dancing and free-style painting.
The world of work is changing. Fast. Flick is on a mission to develop organisations fit for a constantly evolving future through cutting-edge talent experience and development.
Her award-winning work arms leaders, teams and entire companies with the attitudes and actions to drive radical collaboration, creativity, audience-focus and innovation.
Flick developed her creative talents over 8 years in the media industry in London and Singapore, crafting communications for established and challenger brands, including Range Rover, Tiger Airways and Samsung, before honing an agile mindset as a brand and innovation consultant for London’s nimblest start-ups. She also trained as a teacher at the UK’s leading primary school, where she discovered how to design learning that sticks.
Since moving into talent development, Flick’s client work includes digital mindset at Accenture; innovative leadership training at Deliveroo; a new model of collective leadership for the UK National Health Service; and creative thinking for Canon Europe, London media agencies and numerous start-up teams.
Flick has a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education from the University of Roehampton and BSc Psychology from the University of Birmingham. Both come in to play in her work building great teams and she is inspired by the evolution of self-managed, purpose-led companies explored in Laloux’s Reinventing Organisations.
Flick’s creative, interactive and humanistic approach grounded in human-centered design is at the heart of all her work. She creates real, lasting impact through joined-up, multi-pronged learning and change management, driven by purpose, values and inspired by her global, cross-sector experience.
Out of office hours, Flick is an organiser for OpenIDEO’s London Chapter, the global movement using Design Thinking to solve tough social challenges. She is also passionate about helping young people develop the skills and mindset to thrive in the future of work.
Owen is an intuitive creative, gifted facilitator and coach. He works with young people and management from creatives to business leaders on an individual and group level.
He has worked with organisations such as UPS, Ricoh, Barnardos, local authorities and the University of Birmingham. His work has taken him as far afield as Shanghai and Beijing where he has led facilitation teams on international programmes.
Owen has a background in business development, sports coaching, NLP coaching and creative facilitation.
He is constantly seeking to continue his development and growth by attending workshops and trainings in leadership, creativity, philosophy and meditation.
Owen creates space where creative confidence can be explored and uses a variety of facilitation and coaching techniques including positive psychology and his own learning experiences.
He believes strongly in the interconnectedness of the mind and body and brings this to his work, with encouragement to recognise and transform habitual thinking into creativity.
Owen enjoys teaching yoga and has taught internationally, however, he still considers himself a student in life.
He is enthusiastic about poetry and also illustrates and sketches themes of soul connection, nature and mystical journeys, which are themes of a book that he is attempting to write.
Iris facilitates group training as well as workshops and specialises in young leadership development, team building, change processes and mediation. As a Master of business and arts, Iris easily adapts to various situations, challenges and cultural differences.
Iris brings people together in shared experiences that are relevant, energetic and memorable. Iris knows that communication is the key to success in business, and she uses communication as the primary tool to help individuals and organisations create innovative solutions that make a positive impact on people’s lives. Iris believes that actively reflecting on one’s leadership and position in relation to others is the first step in identifying needs. Therefore, she challenges people to create an understanding of diversity and inclusion. By using transformative mediation (e.g. socratic method) people create consensus instead of compromise. She is licensed to use the Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI) and certified mediator (University of Darmstadt) as well as an Artgym Certified Facilitator.
Iris draws from a diverse history of experience, including working for an industrial company, a music festival and several international marketing agencies before transitioning to facilitation, training and mediation for the last 13 years. Iris’ clients come from a variety of industries, including automotive (e.g. Ford, RenaultNissan), sporting goods (e.g. adidas), retail (e.g. Shiseido, Elizabeth Arden, Sony, Canon), assurance (e.g. Winterthur), auditing (e.g. EY), pharmaceutical (e.g. Bayer), telecommunication (e.g. T-mobile) and urban administration industries. In the last 3 years, Iris started working with adults that need occupational re-training due to mental or physical stress.
Iris is always looking for “out-of-the-box” ideas that will broaden one’s mind and help people and organisations to grow. She believes that most answers people struggle with lie in their subconscious. Iris speaks fluent German and English.
Bettina is a leadership coach and consultant with more than 20 years of experience with an international and multi-cultural, diverse client base. In her work she focuses on organizational and leadership development always driven by the mastery of change, innovation, creativity, mindfulness, and an agile mindset.
When coaching leaders one-on-one as well as facilitating groups in a virtual or physical learning environment she finds it most rewarding to mobilize the power that lies within the people she works with for a direct impact on their performance and happiness.
Before moving into her current role, Bettina worked for more than 15 years in Europe and the USA for large, world-wide management consulting firms (Capgemini, KPMG) and media companies (Bertelsmann, ProSiebenSat.1) gathering a broad range of experience and competencies around transformation, change, culture, strategy and leadership.
She holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana (USA) as well as a Master in Media Science and Mass-Communications from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (Germany). Bettina is a certified systemic organizational consultant and coach (Fritz Simon, Berlin) and completed the “Change Essentials” curriculum (Heitger Consulting, Vienna).
Bettina has a deep appreciation and respect for the expertise of her clients as well as a strong interest and curiosity about people and the dynamics of teams and organizations. She sees herself as an “artist” in orchestrating group dynamics and processes with the best possible collaborative and co-creative outcome in mind.
In her work with leaders she seeks to challenge, offer a fresh perspective, and present relevant parallels as well as differences, reflecting the best possible present situation while taking history and future aspirations into account. In this vein, she has helped leaders to unleash creativity in leadership and collaboration at organizations such as adidas, Allianz, BNP Paribas, Ernst & Young, Deutsche Telekom, Konica Minolta, Lufthansa, Roche, SIEWA, Union Investment.
Bettina is passionate about motivating the people around her to become more mindful and humane with themselves and others to create a better and more appreciative and constructive working world.
Carole is a business-to-business copywriter who helps organisations raise the impact of their marketing communications. With a talent for creating engaging copy that’s clear, concise and compelling, Carole writes all kinds of marketing materials, from websites and e-newsletters to brochures and mailshots.
Carole has a background in marketing and PR and was previously head of public relations at the Financial Times. She has been a copywriter since 1999, working primarily in the professional services, finance, public sector and technology industries. Organisations she has written for include Capgemini, Citibank, Hitachi, TfL, Metropolitan Police and four of the UK’s Top 20 UK law firms: Ashurst, CMS, Herbert Smith Freehills and Taylor Wessing. Projects she has worked on range from creating employer brand guidelines for Lebara, to devising a new tone of voice plus website for the MergerMarket Group, to writing a monthly staff publication for Sony Ericsson.
Carole is a strategic thinker who knows how to ask all the right questions. She will interrogate and interpret a client’s brief with intelligence to produce powerful benefits-led copy that’s right first time. Her intuitive listening skills mean she is able to quickly get under the skin of a client to ‘get’ their business need immediately.
Carole’s work divides into four main areas. In addition to her core offering of writing marketing materials, she provides an eagle-eyed proofing service that corrects grammar, punctuation and spelling errors. She also helps organisations find the right tone of voice that aligns perfectly with their brand and personality. The fourth string to Carole’s bow is helping individuals transform their LinkedIn profile into an impressive selling tool that really stands out from the crowd.
Carole’s online alter ego is Apostroph3 Woman whose mission is to save the English-speaking world from misusing apostrophes. When she’s not out and about with her apostrophe on a stick, Carole is a keen photographer who loves taking shots of flowers. She is also a keep fit enthusiast who can be found several times a week either in a class at her local gym or ploughing up and down the swimming pool.
Sarah is a Creative Facilitator who specialises in designing and facilitating group art projects in both the public and private sector. During the past ten years, she has been instrumental in researching, designing and delivering many impactful projects with ArtGym which have increased creativity and innovation within companies and helped our clients put creativity to good work.
Sarah makes creativity approachable and understandable to everyone. She takes a person who says, “I’ll be rubbish at this, I can’t draw,” and makes them understand that creativity is not about being able to draw or create art but is instead an attitude of thinking and learning. In helping her clients to understand that they don’t need to be afraid of creativity, she allows them to think differently in order to create and innovate.
Sarah taps into her background in Textile Design to design and facilitate creative processes that help her clients to explore a theme or answer a question visually. She facilitates group art projects that produce visual content that tells an important, creative, innovative story. These art projects have taken place in diverse and disparate communities in the UK and most recently Africa. Sarah uses creativity to make a difference in people’s lives. After one of her recent projects with Syrian mothers, a client wrote the weekly workshops had transformed her life and made her feel that she had, at last, a place where she belonged.
Sarah is also a lecturer on Creativity in Events for Event Academy where shares her stories and experience and regularly bring a creative approach to new audiences.
After completing a degree in Textile Design, Sarah worked as a professional designer before realising a passion for teaching and gaining a Degree in Professional Education Studies. She has taken many art courses and has developed a strong creative practise of her own with collaboration at the heart. She has worked with and been inspired by contemporaries in a wide range of creative disciplines from poetry, rap, film to experimental contemporary dance. Her core competencies lie in her ability to draw upon this experience in service to group work and her ability to comfortably utilise a wide range of media and creative process to build a commitment to co create.
Sarah embraces new challenges and continues to work within communities where a creative approach can make a difference however small because she believes creativity is a seed that will grow.
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