Speakers and Trainers at Consulus

These Consulites have presented and trained in more than 30 cities around the world. From the unique perspective of purpose and unity, these different experts cover topics from strategy, design, organizational development to interreligious dialogue.

They offer a dynamic discourse and present insights gleaned from consulting in some of the most challenging industries as companies prepare for Industry 4.0.

Lawrence Chong

Lawrence Chong

Co-founder and CEO, Consulus

Global Strategist & Speaker on Innovation, Business Design for Transformation and Economy of Communion.  More details

Jim Funk

Jim Funk

Current Chairman of Consulus Global Network, Global Head of Leadership Transformation

Writer and Speaker on Leadership Development.  More details
Helena Pham

Helena Pham

Partner at Consulus, Director at Consulus Vietnam

Columnist and Speaker on Leadership Ascension, Innovative Culture.  More details
Michael Dai

Michael Dai

Global Head, Digital Transformation, Consulus

Columnist and speaker of IT Optimization, Cloud, Biometrics Identity, Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan   More details
Amy Vu Hanh Nga

Amy Vu Hanh Nga

Senior Consultant, Consulus

Speaker on Smart cities, Digitalisation in property development and real estate management  More details
Sharon Kam

Sharon Kam

Head, China and Creative Strategies, Consulus

Speaker on brand strategy for the business-to-consumer segment   More details
Muhammad Shiraz Latiff Abdeen

Muhammad Shiraz Latiff Abdeen

CEO/Director, Consulus Lanka

Strategy & Business Design Consultant & International Speaker.   More details

Lawrence Peh

Lawrence Peh

Senior Consultant

Senior management experience in real estate development and speaker on Real Estate Investment Strategy.   More details

Stanislav Lencz

Stanislav Lencz

Country Director Consulus Slovakia, Regional Director Consulus Europe

Writer and speaker on innovation, transformation and leadership   More details

 

Carlos Xavier

Carlos Xavier

Senior Consultant

Senior management experience in finance, organizational development, strategic planning.   More details

Vincent Chee 徐文辉

Vincent Chee 徐文辉

Deputy Director for Design, Consulus

Speaker on Experience Design, Social Impact and Economy of Communion  More details
Lawrence Chong

Lawrence Chong

Co-founder and Group CEO, Consulus

Global Strategist & Speaker on Innovation, Business Design for Transformation and Economy of Communion

Profile
Lawrence is a featured speaker at global events such as Innovation by Design, World Marketing Summit and World Brand Congress. Since 2003, he has spoken to more than 10,000 people in over 30 countries on how companies can innovate through unity and shape the world. His comments appear in regional media such as Nikkei Asian Review, Fortune and his thoughts are widely followed on LinkedIn with 400,000 followers.

Previous Speaking Engagements
  • Designing organisations for innovation – World Brand Congress
  • Spark an Innovation Revolution to Shape the World
  • Why Designers need to be better entrepreneurs – Singaplural
  • What is Vietnam’s Brand of Leadership? – Hanoi
  • A Dragon for our time
  • Future of Asian Dynasties
  • What is Myanmar’s Brand of Leadership? – Yangon 
  • What is Asia’s Brand of Leadership?
  • How to create successful Asian brands by challenging the convention
  • Symbols, Icons and Brands: How Design Builds Longevity – Singapore
  • Will Vietnam shape the world? – Hanoi
  • Time to build iconic product brands for Vietnam – Hanoi
  • Can Chinese brands shape the world?
  • Sustainable Branding
Speaking Topics
  • Purpose-driven Innovation – Purpose provides clarity, inspire excellence in the pursuit of innovation that can change the world READ MORE
  • Unity – Unity is a desired trait, as it is the most preferred core value whenever we ask management and staff to think about essential values for success. While unity is preferred, few have a strategy and structure to encourage collaboration to profit from it. READ MORE
  • Systemic Design Thinking – Design has to be at the service of humanity and a sustainable economic system. READ MORE  
  • Economy of Communion  – Capitalism needs to be updated in order to ensure a viable and sustainable middle-class that can then end extreme poverty. We now have a capitalist system that entrenches the 1%. This is why an Economy of Communion, one that respects dignity and participation of everyone is needed. READ MORE  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

Lawrence Chong moved the energy level of the group to a high level with his presentation… He stated that the 1% who shape the world think deeply about meaning, are restless to change the status quo, and have a strong sense of obligation to their industry, their country or the world that supersedes everything else in their lives. Judging from the ovations and cheering by the end of his talk, there were a lot of students who want to be among those 1%ers.

– R. Craig Lefebvre, PhD, an architect and designer of public health and social change programs, in his personal website post about the WMS. He is the chief maven at socialShift, the social|design, marketing and media consultancy located in Sarasota, FL. Read his full comment on Chong’s presentation and other points from the WMS.

Jim Funk

Jim Funk

Current Chairman of Consulus Global Network, Global Head of Leadership Transformation

Writer and Speaker on Leadership Development
Profile
Jim Funk has spent much of his career in healthcare human resources, advancing to a Vice President of Human Resources for a large community-based health system, and serving a large, faith-based national health system as Director of Executive Formation in the U.S. As a consultant Jim’s areas of expertise include leadership and physician training programs, performing leadership assessments, organizational culture assessments, career planning, executive and physician coaching, facilitation of board retreats, and strategic planning using appreciative inquiry. Since he began his consulting practice in 2010 he has worked with many diverse organizations across the United States, and he also continues to serve in an educational role as an Adjunct Professor in Indiana University’s Executive Education program. Jim joined the Consulus team in 2017 and serves as Global Head of Leadership Transformation. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Consulus Global Network for the years 2019-2021. His insights and many articles on person-centered and purpose-driven leadership for the future continue to be published on the Economy of Communion North American Association website.
Speaking Topics
  • Leadership Competencies for Industry 4.0 People and technology are connected across the globe in ways never before imagined. A new brand of leader is needed to address the challenges and pursue the opportunities brought about by the fourth industrial revolution. To be a positive force, leaders will need to be able to improve the lives of people with their products and services and create sustainable economies. How to develop these competencies is a topic that leaders can use whether they are in small, medium, or large enterprises.
  • Leadership Development as a Life-Long Endeavor Leaders must be life-long learners, because what they knew when they began their leadership journey will continue to change. New information, research, methods, technologies and cultural changes require leaders to be transformative, regardless of their role. Development is not only attained by attending workshops and reading books and articles. Experiential learning is a key to ongoing leadership development.
  • Holistic, Person-Centered Leadership Research shows that workers who feel their supervisors and leaders take a personal interest in them and their development are more engaged, productive and committed to organizational goals. Leaders, like everyone, bring their whole selves to work, and the impact they have on people is critical to their success. Leaders who are most effective are self-aware and understand people and work – they are holistic, and person-centered.
  • Spirituality in the Workplace Recognizing the fact that the whole person—body, mind and spirit—comes with us to work provides a greater opportunity for personal as well as organizational transformation and development. Just as our physical self enables us to complete tasks, and our mind allows us to think, judge and act, our spirit gives us the capacity to bring our passions, deeply held values and motivations into our work. Organizations that treat people as whole human beings find their employees experience deeper meaning in their work, discover more of their gifts and talents, and grow personally and professionally.
  • What’s Your Leadership Style Much research has been done on the effectiveness of various leadership styles. What if leaders could adapt their style to the situation, rather than lead with their default style? Research shows this is a critical leadership competency, and that when it is intentional the leader can transform even the most difficult situations into wins.
  • Appreciative Inquiry as a Leadership Best Practice Appreciative Inquiry is more than a methodology or a process – it is a philosophy that involves a strength-based approach to life and work. It starts with a belief that in any organization, team, leader and person there is something that works. By focusing on the best of “what is,” we begin to discover ways to duplicate positive results and expand these best practices to things that have not worked so well for us in the past.
Testimonials

Jim Funk has excellent insight into the important aspects of successful leadership skills and team building. He is a master presenter, and has the ability to engage audiences in the subject matter he is presenting. He has a genuine spirit and is passionate about people and sharing his knowledge about leadership.

– Blake Dye, President, St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana

Because Jim Funk’s appreciative approach seeks what is good, leaders are challenged, motivated and inspired to bring meaning and purpose to their work, while fulfilling their innate calling to become a servant leader.

– Loraine Brown, Interim Chief Mission Integration Officer, St. Vincent (Indiana)/Ascension

Previous Speaking Engagements
  • North America Focolare Movement. Building Unity: Resolving Conflict (2016 and 2018)
  • Economy of Communion North American Association School. Entrepreneurial Vocation Discernment (2017)
  • Economy of Communion North American Association. Holistic Leadership for Economy of Communion Companies (2017)
  • Vincent Hospital Physicians. Keeping Healthcare Human (2017)
  • Vincent Hospital Physician Residency Faculty. Leading Change (2016)
  • Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center. Virtuous Servant Leadership (2016)
  • Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Coaching for Pastoral Leaders (2016)
  • Economy of Communion North American Association. Relationship Building and Conflict Resolution (2016)
  • Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Leading for Transformation: Looking Back, Looking Ahead (2015)
  • Aquinas Institute of Theology. Appreciative Inquiry (2010)
  • Economy of Communion North American Association. Building Strength-Based Strategy (2010)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Inspired Leaders and Virtues at the Cutting Edge (2009)
  • Arizona Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Inspired Leadership (2008)
  • Ascension Health Information Services. Art of Negotiation (2006)
Helena Pham

Helena Pham

Partner at Consulus, Director at Consulus Vietnam

Columnist and Speaker on Leadership Ascension, Innovative Culture
Profile

Helena Pham is the Partner of Consulus Global and Managing Director of Consulus Vietnam. She is a featured Columnist on Innovation Culture, Leadership Ascension and Branding for Asian businesses. Her insights appear regularly in Vietnam media, including Saigon Entrepreneurs – Doanh Nhan Sai Gon and Business Forum – Dien Dan Doanh Nghiep. She is a TEDTalk speaker and often speaks at regional conferences in Vietnam and SingaporeShe is recognised as a leading woman leader and is currently the Chairwoman of Industry Advisory Board of RMIT Vietnam (2018-2020), Vice President of Nanyang Technological University Alumni Association (Hanoi Chapter), 2011-2016, 2016-2019.  She is trained to be a global coach and she works with global experts such as Tony Robbins (Performance Coach), Robert Kiyosaki (Investment), Blair Singer (Sales & Leadership). Helena speaks Vietnamese and English.

Speaking Topics
  • Building a Winning Team – Even a nimble business entity needs an organisation chart that tells you what kinds of professional skills and expertise you need for each position. Hard skills and knowledge can be acquired easily, but hiring a person solely on qualifications and job experience is insufficient. Personal traits should stand at the top of the list of requirements for any job advertisement for your company.
  • Leadership Ascension – For MNCs such as Google, Siemens, L’Oreal, Schneider Electric and Lafarge, it seems easier to put in place internal leadership development programmes that often include an overseas assignment to cultivate promising leaders in emerging markets. For SMEs or family-owned business, this may sound like a luxurious investment. However, the key success factor here is not about the budget. It is about knowing where you want the company to grow, sharing that vision with your talents and developing a succession plan to groom them in stages.
  • Asian Branding – A brand model designed to become a global representative of Vietnam will definitely help you benefit from the rise of Vietnam. It is also easier to secure trademarks globally if you were to use an Asian name. Therefore if you aspire to be a global brand, get it right and go Vietnamese, it will reap tremendous benefits going forward into the future.
Previous Speaking Engagements
Muhammad Shiraz Latiff Abdeen

Muhammad Shiraz Latiff Abdeen

CEO/Director, Consulus Lanka

Strategy & Business Design Consultant & International Speaker

Profile

Shiraz Latiff is the CEO at Consulus Sri Lanka and Hummingbird Group of Companies. Shiraz has over 30 years of commercial experience in multitude of industry sectors specializing in Strategy and Organizational Design & Development and Business optimisation. He has worked in the sectors of hospitality, apparel, food & beverages, financial services, information technology, banking management consultancy by working for some of the leading regional and global brands like Dilmah, LOLC, Hewlett Packard, and HSBC. His forte is facilitating businesses to find purpose and design values-led organizations.

He is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and a member of the International Social Marketing Association of USA. He is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Bradford School of Management UK. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Colombo and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from CIM UK. He is a visiting faculty for MBA programs. He is a Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Sri Lanka Region and was a Trustee of CIM UK representing the International Regions for over six years. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Social Marketing Quarterly, published by SAGE Publications USA.

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Previous speaking engagements

Shiraz speaks at local and international conferences on Designing Purpose-driven Organizations and contemporary marketing themes. Some of his speaking engagements are follows:

  • World Social Marketing Conference in Toronto
  • World Marketing Summit in Dhaka
  • CIM Annual Conference in Colombo
  • Shape the World Summit in Singapore

He has presented papers on:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility to Socially Good Business Rotary District Conference, Colombo 2013
  • Applying Marketing to Enhance Social Programs at World Social Marketing Conference, Toronto 2013 (http://wsmconference.com)
  • New Trends in Marketing at World Marketing Summit, Dhaka 2012 (http://www.worldmarketingsummitgroup.org)
  • Influence of New Media in Shaping New Markets CIM Annual Conference, Colombo 2012 (http://www.cim.lk)
Speaking Topics

Shiraz speaks at local and international conferences on Designing Purpose-driven Organizations and contemporary marketing themes. Some of his speaking engagements are follows:

  • How to Integrate Passion with Purpose for Business
  • Designing Purpose-led Organizations with Shared Values
  • Business Optimization through Process Innovation
  • Applied Business Continuity Planning & Management
  • How to Engage with your People to adopt the Organisation Strategy
Stanislav Lencz

Stanislav Lencz

Country Director Consulus Slovakia, Regional Director Consulus Europe

Writer and speaker on innovation, transformation and leadership, passionate networker for a better world

Profile

Stanislav Lencz is a Senior Business Consultant devoted to making organisations, technology, communication and processes serve people.

With excellent communication and networking abilities and extensive experience in Project / Team Management, Business Solution Architecture and Solutions Design Architecture, developed along years of business development and pre-sales support activities, he served in complex ICT delivery projects including change management and special SW&HW solutions.

After years of professional career covering mainly domains of Biometrics and Identity related solutions, since 2016 he started to dedicate himself intensively to company, community and leadership consulting, networking and thought leadership, passionate in helping individuals and teams re-discover their purpose and build unity in diversity. This maturated in early 2018 in joining Consulus, where he currently serves as Country Director for Slovakia and Regional Director for Europe.

Main steps of his career – after studies of Mathematics and Physics at Comenius University, Slovakia and a 2-year interdisciplinary course in Italy – led him through companies such as Plaut, Siemens and ATOS. Currently he works for Innovatrics and Consulus.

In his free time, he is devoted to various volunteering and community development projects in Slovakia and abroad.

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Previous speaking engagements

Some of his speaking engagements are follows:

  • Humanity 4.0: Why we need new methods that are inclusive towards human identity and development – Rome 2019
  • The soul of Consulus – Florence/Loppiano 2019
  • Zamyslenia o hodnotách podnikania (Reflections on values in entrepreneurship) – First Cross Regatta, Kaštela 2019
  • Opening ceremony of Consulus Slovakia – Bratislava 2019
  • Lessons of my life – Rome 2019
  • Testimonial: How Chiara Lubich’s Vision for A United World Inspired Our Way of Consulting – Trent 2020
  • A Remedy: Not only for the Economy – Bratislava 2020
Michael Dai

Michael Dai

Global Head, Digital Transformation, Consulus

Columnist and speaker of IT Optimization, Cloud, Biometrics Identity, Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan
Profile
Michael is a practising Solutions and Systems Architect with more than 29 years in the computer industry. He has extensive consulting experience with Digital Technology such as Cloud Technology, Enterprise Security, IT Infrastructure, Mission Critical Systems and digital solutions based on Mobile Apps and Social Media Marketing Tools. As the Lead Architect Consultant, Michael has worked on and contributed to a range of projects evaluating client’s business drivers, IT requirements and business processes in order to design enterprise-wide solutions for corporations from different industries and government departments in Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Michael speaks English and Italian.

Speaking Topics
  • Delivering IT Efficiency through IT Optimization As Digital disruption caused by Industry 4.0 forcing many companies to shut down, businesses still operating with inflexible legacy IT systems and complex IT Infrastructure face challenges in controlling the rising cost of IT expenditure and keeping the legacy systems up-to-date. The purpose of IT Optimization is to reduce IT costs through consolidation, software standardization and business process integration. Greater IT efficiency allows companies to focus on new business opportunities. A people focused approach is one of the key success factors in achieving IT efficiency.
  • Cloud implementation in the financial sector Many traditional banks have raised concerns about cloud technology. Their concerns focus mainly on the risk of Security breaches where a client’s data is compromised. The banks also worry about how to meet strict standards with respect to Regulation and Compliance for data protection and access to the bank’s applications in a cloud environment. These concerns are valid. These challenges can be overcome with a Hybrid Cloud Solution such as the one designed by Michael for one of his clients. The security access control was enforced by segmenting the network, application and data layers with strict user access and policy control between the Public Cloud network over the Internet and the Private Cloud network residing inside the corporate network.
  • Biometrics for User Identity Verification Data and Identity Fraud is rising where personal data and credit card details being hacked and stolen. Biometric Technology is widely available and deployed by the Healthcare and Financial sectors. Biometric Technology Tools (using the specific client’s face, finger, iris and voice) are being deployed to verify the identification of a client before granting access & control to financial and health data. With such a variety of Biometric Technology Tools available in the market, it is important for companies to acquire a good understanding of these tools first before choosing a suitable Biometrics Solution for their business.
  • Understanding Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan for your business Often, businesses have insufficient knowledge of how to design and plan a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) for their businesses. After 9/11, many businesses started to realize the value of having a BCP and DRP to avoid the complete disruption caused by a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The fundamental question for companies to ask is whether their business will continue to operate to normal capacity after a natural disaster has impacted on their business premises and how long it will take for the IT Infrastructure and IT operations to be restored at the DR site to enable the business to maintain their operations.
Previous Speaking Engagements
  • IT Optimization Strategy and Planning for Financial Institutions
  • Leveraging Cloud Technology for business advantages
  • Challenge of choosing Biometrics Identification Tools to prevent Identity Fraud
  • To survive the business disruption with Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plan (DCP)
Amy Vu Hanh Nga

Amy Vu Hanh Nga

Senior Consultant, Consulus

Speaker on Smart cities, Digitalisation in property development and real estate management
Profile

Amy Vu Hanh Nga has more than 22 years of extensive experience in Property Development (from Concept, Implementation to Management), Business Management and Business Development. Nga has served global real estate firms such as Savills and Archibus, Coco International. She has played the leading consulting roles for local government projects such as Danang, Da Lat, Quang Ninh, Yen Bai and regional projects in USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

Amy speaks Vietnamese and English.

Sharon Kam

Sharon Kam

Head, China and Creative Strategies, Consulus

Speaker on brand strategy for the business-to-consumer segment
Profile

Sharon serves as Head, China and Creative Strategies at Consulus. She has more than 20 years of experience including six years in China, and held senior management roles in international consultancies and organisations from Europe, the United States and Asia. Her forte lies in strategising solutions that help clients differentiate themselves in their challenging environment to realise business and corporate goals.

Sharon speaks Mandarin Chinese and English.

Previous Speaking Engagements
  • 16th Shanghai Retail Banking Forum, October 2015
  • 15th Shanghai Retail Banking Forum, April 2015
  • 14th Shanghai Retail Banking Forum, August 2014
Vincent Chee 徐文辉

Vincent Chee 徐文辉

Deputy Director for Design, Consulus

Speaker on Experience Design, Social Impact and Economy of Communion
Profile

Vincent Chee is a Deputy Director for Design at Consulus. Vincent is part of regional design team in Consulus and responsible for visual research, identity and visual language development, environment design, packaging design and online experience design. He has received multiple design awards, including Danang Landscape Design (2016), Deego Toys Character Design (2012), Teelocker Childhood Dreams T-shirt design (2011), YTL Climate Change Short Film (2010), Selangor Turf Club Horse Transformation (2010) and more.

Vincent speaks Mandarin.

Previous Speaking Engagements
  • Social Impact and Economy of Communion, World Company Day, Taiwan, 2017
  • Economy of Communion and its Influence to the Society
  • Social Entrepreneurship Forum and Workshop, SEFOW (https://sefow2017.weebly.com)
Lawrence Peh

Lawrence Peh

Senior Consultant, Consulus

Senior management experience in real estate development and speaker on Real Estate Investment Strategy

Profile

Lawrence Peh has over 25 years of senior management experience in real estate development and asset management in the Asean region. He had directly managed township development and a wide range of projects including commercial, retail and residential properties in various regional countries with a total AUM of over USD 4 Billion. Besides serving as Head of Integrated Development at Consulus, Lawrence is Senior Advisor to Ricons Group (ricons.vn) and GDC Hanoi Group (gdchanoi.vn) in Vietnam. He is also an independent director with Hong Leong Bank Vietnam (hlb.com.my/vn) and board member of Kinderworld International Group (kinderworld.net) and Alpha International’s Vietnam Steering Committee (alpha.org). Lawrence also serves as mentor to undergraduates in Singapore universities under the Impact Leadership Program accredited by all the universities in Singapore.

Speaking Topics
  • Integrated Township Planning and Development
  • Real Estate Investment Strategy
  • Real Estate Development Cycle – inception, planning, physical development, completion & commissioning and property management
  • Refurbishment and retrofitting
Carlos Xavier

Carlos Xavier

Senior Consultant, Consulus

Senior management experience in finance, organizational development, strategic planning

Profile

Carlos is a Partner of Consulus Brazil. He has worked for 10 years in Banco do Brasil SA as an Executive. He works in the areas of management, finance, organizational development, strategic planning, elaboration and analysis of business models, preparation and analysis of business plans, and learning and development of executives and employees.

He is also a Senior Consultant for the Program for strengthening Inclusive Business of Communion (PROFOR) with an aim to encourage and strengthen productive businesses that combine economic and financial return, direct and indirect economic insertion of people, generating positive social impact in Brazil. PROFOR provides financial resources, organisational consulting and coaching. Carlos participated from the idealization of the Program, from the elaboration of the regulation to the selection of the projects, which included 06 projects from several Brazilian states.

His extensive experience serving companies and organizations includes Azione per on Mondo Unito (AMU) in Italy and Association for an Economy of Communion (Anpecom) in Brazil.

Carlos speaks Portuguese.

Previous Speaking Engagements
  • International Meeting of Economy of Communion, Italy
  • Event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founder of  Economy of Communion, Chiara Lubich, Brazil
  • Event with Superintendent, managers and executives of BNB Bank, Brazil
  • Anpecom National Assembly, Brazil
  • Meeting with EoC and AMU benefactors and supporters, Italy
  • I TSNOA Entrepreneurs Meeting, Argentina