Chief Culture Officer and EVP RED
Education First China
Angela is Chief Culture Officer and Spokesperson for EF China. Her mission is to empower all 15,000 EF China staff to understand and live EF core values as the firm continues to grow. She aims to build strong connections between employees and EF and among employees through EF’s unique culture, which she strongly believes is one of its most important assets.
Angela started her career in 1991 as a Project Manager at Mitsubishi. She then became head of Career Services and Deputy Director of the MBA program at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. She joined EF China in 1999 as one of its first employees, and drove EF’s initial expansion in China by opening 50+ schools in three years.
Angela went on to become Center Director, Operations Director, Country Manager, and EVP Recruitment and Employee Development for EF China. She also led global talent recruitment and development for Hult International Business School, an EF affiliate.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Angela has worked and lived in China, the US, and the UK. She has a BA in Science from Shanghai Jiaotong University, an MBA from China Europe International Business School, and an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico, and is currently a part-time doctoral student at Hult International Business School.
Cathy Cang is the HR Head of UNIQCHEM, a UK-based chemical additives company. Cathy had worked with many MNC companies, including Ikea, Dow Chemical (Rohm & Haas), Corning and BASF (Ciba), Watts Water, Rexel.
Cathy has a lot of practical hands-on experience in applying management concepts onto actionable items locally. She often acts as an internal consultant and facilitator.
Cathy is certified in assessments from Belbin, OPQ, and practical experience of Hogan, DISC and Predictive Indicator. She is also a certified professional facilitator by American Management Association.
Executive Vice President of EdTech
Education First China
Chris is a strategic thinker that loves building great teams who invest in innovation and technology that drive business success. Since July 2018, Chris has been Executive Vice President and Studio Manager for EdTech at EF. The EdTech team designs, builds, and delivers our academic curriculum and software experiences that drive our learning experiences around the world.
EF is the world’s leading education company, with 16 divisions that offer a range of programs including language training, educational travel, academic degrees, and cultural exchange. Founded in Sweden in 1965, EF is still family-owned. It was amongst the first and is now one of largest English schools in China.
Chris was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and has been around computers his entire life. After spending four years as an officer in the American military, he joined Microsoft where he spent 23 years working on startup efforts including the original Outlook team, 13 years in Xbox video games, and finally on a project to use AI to help teenagers create music.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.
Siemens Electrical Apparatus Ltd
- Since 5/2016, General Manager SEAL, Factory with >220’ EUR Revenue, >1500 Employees, R&D Center, Sales (for own M3 market brand “APT”) and Customer Service Center
- 2012–2016, General Manager SSCL, PD PA, Dalian, P.R. China
- 2006–2012, Consultant and Principal Expert for Lean, Manufacturing Technology and Factory design. Co-author of the Siemens Performance System “SPS”
- 2004–2006, Head of Factory 2, SSMC, Mobile Networks, Shanghai, P.R. China responsible for production, logistics, order-management and procurement
- 2009P01464DE: Intuitive Layout Planning with real 3D Objects
- Radio Frequency Transmission and Communication Microelectronics, University of applied Sciences, Ulm, Germany
C J Ng is the world-class leadership and experiential learning consultant who have helped international companies achieve quantum improvements in business performance in Asia. C J Ng has helped:
- Leading automotive companies such as Fiat-Chrysler, BMW and Delphi Packard etc. to improve their cross-culture leadership, teamwork and decision-making capabilities.
- International chemical conglomerates such as Evonik, DSM, and Air Products to develop sales competencies and improve sales performance with their sales teams
- Global industrial leaders such as TE, GE and Schneider to improve their technical managers' leadership and communication abilities so as to excite their people to exceptional performance
Prior to being a consultant, C J Ng was Asia Marketing Manager for a Fortune 500 logistics company, as well as Corporate Training Director for Ringier AG, Switzerland's largest media group. His diverse experience in leading people in different functional roles from sales and marketing to human resources to senior management, as well in different corporate cultures allows him to provide otherwise hidden insights to his clients.
In the mean time, many other prominent companies have also engaged C J Ng for help, including Axalta, Eastman, Wacker, Air Liquide, Linde Engineering, Kraton, Juniper Networks, Texas Instruments, Citrix, NEC, Epson, Lear, Daimler, Infineon Technologies, Seagate, China Telecom, Eli Lilly, GSK, Roche, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Leoni, Philips Lighting, Saint Gobain, YKK, Yusen Logistics, Heraeus Kulzer, InterContinental Hotels Group, Starwood, and many more.
C J Ng is a bilingual facilitator and consultant in English and Mandarin, and has conducted Mandarin training, coaching and consulting projects for audiences in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China.
C J Ng has a 2nd Upper Honours in Management from the University of London, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computing from De Montfort University. He is also the Master Trainer for Leadership IQ in Asia, accredited Belbin Team Role Facilitator and certified COA cross-culture consultant. C J Ng had spoken at the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) International Convention in 2009.
Zeiss South East Asia
Daniel is known by his colleagues and friends as an executive coach, a non-judgmental listener, mentor, EQ and mindfulness facilitator and even an international speaker on sustainable organisational performance. After spending the first ten years as a Business Development Manager with Zeiss South East Asia, he now devotes his time working with leaders and managers to enable them to build their mental resilience muscles. So that people can adapt and develop a growth mindset in this VUCA and digitised world.
Daniel is also founder of the Resilience Project and Mindful Leadership Program. He was a keynote speaker on "Team Engagement & Agile Organisation" at the invitation of Keppel Land China in Shanghai. Daniel also spoke on “Mindful Leadership” at Fudan University, School of Management in Shanghai. At the Zeiss Jena office, Germany, he spoke to a group of executives and engineers on Building Sustainable Organisational Performance with EQ and Mindfulness.
Certified by University of Oxford, as a facilitator of Mindfulness program, Daniel is also a ICF Certified Coach and a founding member of the China Coach Federation (CCF). He currently serves as the Deputy Chair of Public Relation at the Asia Pacific Alliances of Coaches. He is also a speaker at the Institute of Adult Learning and a registered facilitator with the Singapore Ministry of Education.
Daniel has a Bachelor of Engineering with the University of Salford and a Master of Science in Business Management with the National University of Ireland.
Director of Human Resources
Graco Asia Pacific
Ellen Zhang, Director of Human Resources, Graco Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai, geographically covering China, Japan, South Korea, Australia & New Zealand, India & Southeast Asia.
Ellen has 20+ years of experience in HR professional field for the Japanese, European and American companies respectively, overseeing all functions of Human Resources. Ellen is good at starting up from zero and HR functional infrastructure.
Ellen holds the Bachelor of Engineering and Master Diploma of Applied Psychology, she has successful HR career conversion from manufacturing, quality management and sales.
Business Development Director, APAC
Ivana is IMC’s Director of Business Development for Asia Pacific. She is responsible for IMC’s expansion across the region by building and supporting key relationships between IMC, partners and customers.
Having worked in complex and fast-changing global business environments in both client-facing and leadership roles, Ivana is adept at being agile, creative and stakeholder-focused.
Ivana has over 9 years of experience in the learning consulting space where she has supported both Fortune 500 and government organisations. She understands the need for solutions to be effective, sustainable and offers a solid return on investment.
Coach, trainer and author of Shaping Paths
Jamie Dixon is a Training Consultant, Coach and the author of ‘Shaping Paths – How to Design and Deliver PRACTICAL Training’.
Originally from the UK, Jamie has been based in China since 2006. His working background is in HR, having worked in recruitment and later on as a training manager at Amway China. As a trainer, he has worked with over 120 different multinational clients throughout China and the APAC region. He delivers training in both English and Mandarin.
Jamie’s focus area is on helping people connect with others. This involves helping people communicate more assertively, influence others, lead others and present their ideas through storytelling.
Jamie’s Training Philosophy:
People forget things, so if we depend on people remembering things from training then the training is doomed to failure. Consequently, Jamie believes that we should design training around people using things as opposed to remembering things. So, he designs his training around tools like checklists, templates, forms and so on. That way, instead of having to remember things after the training, all people need to do is use the tools and then they’ll be applying their learning directly back to the workplace.
But just because we design a tool, that doesn’t mean people will use it. So, Jamie takes lessons from the field of user experience design to simplify his tools, make them fit better into the working environment, and help solve problems that learners want to solve. His goal is always to design practical tools that learners will actually use back at work.
Jamie then uses his Five Elements of Training to help learners master the tools in training. His Five Elements include Priming to get people ready to learn, Guiding to help people use the tools, Practicing to help people try the tools, Reflecting to help people master the tools, and Committing to help people use the tools back at work.
How Jamie Works:
Jamie prefers to speak to stakeholders first before sending over an outline. This is so that he can understand the goals of the training, if training is a suitable solution and how to better customise the solution for your needs.
Jamie prefers to deliver customised solutions. This means that he will pick the right tools to help learners solve their problems. This does not necessarily mean these tools are brand new. New normally means untested, which can result in lower quality. So, he will do his best to choose as many tested and proven tools as he can. Sometimes he will need to create a new tool to help fulfil your needs, but when he does so he will seek your feedback before using it in the training.
To ensure quality, Jamie works at a moderate pace. Therefore, he normally requires 3 days to prepare things like outlines and proposals.
Finally, Jamie cares more about achieving behaviour change than simply delivering training. As a result, he is willing to design a follow up plan of practical assignments to help learners use their learning back at work, for free.
Director of Talent, Greater China
InterContinental Hotels Group
Justine Guo, Director of Talent, Greater China at InterContinental Hotels Group, has 16 years of experience in human resources management and consulting. She has served as Senior Organisational Development Manager for Honeywell APAC, Senior Consultant for Hewitt Associates, and HR Consultant HCD Global Ltd. She has in-depth research in leadership evaluation and development, talent management system design, organisational development, training and other fields. Justine graduated from the English Literature of the University of Hong Kong. She has received the Psychological Assessment Certification of the British Association of psychologists and the certification of a number of psychological assessment tools such as MBTI, Facet5, OPQ and more.
Sr Consultant / Coach / Facilitator – HRM / OD / Leadership Development
Linda has more than 20 years of experience in HRM / OD / Leadership Development with 15 years in MNC and 10 years as freelancing consultant / coach / facilitator. At Philips Electronics China Group, she worked extensively in different functional areas such as organisational development, learning & development, recruitment & selection, etc. and different organisations including Corporate and Business Divisions such as Consumer Electronics & Semiconductors. Then she joined Coca Cola China Industries Ltd. as Organisation Development Director, responsible for Organisational Transformation including Talent Management, Leadership Development, Learning & Development, Performance Management，Organisation & Job Design, Recruitment & Selection, Employer Branding, Corporate Culture and Values, Employee Communication & Engagement, etc.
Linda’s expertise includes Strategic HR Planning, Organisational Design & Transformation, Organisation Capability Building, Corporate Values & Cultures, HR total solution such as OD related systems & programs set-up, Competency Modeling, Assessments, Coaching, Leadership Development & Career Management, etc.
Linda is ICF PCC, National Certified Psycho Counselor, Erickson International College Certified Coach, Skinner Behavior Science Certified Coach/Facilitator, MBTI Accredited Administrator, DISC Certified Facilitator & Consultative Analyst, WBI & TAS Accredited Administrator, Assessment Center Accredited Assessor, certified facilitator/accredited administrator of many programs. Co-designer of Team Leadership Assessment, co-translator of <Leadership Team Coaching> & <Leading & Coaching Team to Success>. career consultant of Junior Achievement, career coach for Pearl Students in CEIBS Fir Tree Program, coach for ‘Teach for China’ program, career coach for Tongji University MBA and coach for Tsinghua University TusStar Acorn Program, etc..
Linda’s clients include Coca Cola, TESCO, SCA North Asia, Akzo Nobel, Asia Timber Products, Shanghai Telecom, Bocom, Weir China-Linatex, Lubrizol, Sunon, Luxottica, Johnson Control, Schneider, American Standard, Huarun Real Estate, UBM, Freudenberg, Seeker Consulting, Air Liquide, DNV, Fiat, Shanghai Electrical Apparatus Research Institute, DABUWAWA，Beihua University, Herbalife, Bayer, Adidas, Electrolux, AB Inbev, Bosch, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance - Jiao Tong University, Pirelli, Porsche, Foton Automobile, Cargill, East China Normal University, China Financial Futures Exchange, Rabobank, Mitsubishi Corporation, School of Management Fudan University, UDG, Arkema (China) Investment Co., Ltd., Hainan Air Logistics, Mondelez, Shanghai Hutchison Pharmaceutical, Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems, Shanghai Pharma, Alibaba, President Enterprise, Manulife, Ardex, Shanghai Municipal Investment Water Corporation, Shui On Land, Marvell, Sodexo, Shanghai Superior Die Technology, 3M, AdMaster, Shanghai Automotive Industry Sales Co., Ltd., GAP, Inteva, LEONI, Tokyo Electron, Axson Technologies, EVCARD, Zhenhua Heavy, nLight, Atlas Copco, PWC, Fresenius, etc. and many open programs, individual & team coaching clients.
Linda is energetic & presentable with good interpersonal skills. She provides very practical solutions based on clients’ needs and her facilitation & consultancy / coaching are well received. Linda is engaged, specialised & professional with proactive attitude and a clear commitment to excellence.
Experienced General Manager/CEO with an Executive MBA education.
Mario is a capable, result orientated, executive with 15+ years’ experience in leading and developing high performance teams in manufacturing. Successfully increasing quality and reducing inefficiencies, creating a healthy balance between lean and agility, improving customer satisfaction. With the ability to evaluate opportunities and risks and delivering innovative solutions to challenges, Mario actively shapes the company direction and optimises the business to achieve sustainable growth and profits. Enforcing compliance and continuous development of Sustainability, Environmental Protection as well as Health and Safety, Mario sees as a personal and professional matter.
Founder & Managing Partner
Philip has more than 10 years working experience in leadership roles in learning and organisational development in well-known German and international automotive, industrial and consulting companies.
He is specialised in leadership training design, delivery, coaching and strategic organisational development. During his global project assignments, he worked in China, Germany, US, India, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.
He is accredited in various assessment tools such as 360 Leadership Survey Feedback Coach (DDI), Behavioral Analytics (DISC, Viatech US) and Kaizen process Improvement (trainer certificate).
Philip is a passionate leadership and HR expert with a strong desire to empower his training participants by sharing his knowledge and boost their business performance.
Sean is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara with Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Sean focuses on data mining and analytics during his Ph.D career. Sean then served many years at TPK. As CEO’s special assistant, Sean worked closely with manufacturing lines to oversee the overall operation and order fulfillment. Sean also worked directly with customers in consumer electronics, automotive, home appliances, and industrial electronics to deliver appropriate touch display solutions.
Sean joined AMPOS and became partner of the company in 2015. Since then, Sean has set up and expanded sales in China and Thailand.
Vice President – HR
Stefanie Xia-Bramekamp graduated with the major of Chinese language studies from the University Bonn in Germany. Since 2003 Stefanie Xia-Bramekamp lived and worked in China, where she started her career in supporting the management in cultural and language topics, before starting to build up the HR department for the Chinese subsidiary of the German company Lenze. Being in charge of all HR related functions, Stefanie gained broad experience in the overall day-to-day HR management, in strategy development and implementation, Change management as well as working on HR global programs.
Stefanie experienced how the significance of the HR function grew over that period of time, and how the focus from basic HR work changed more and more towards talent retention and development.
G4A – Program Director, China
Sunny leads G4A in China, a part of Bayer's global startup program. Brought up through a multi-cultural upbringing with a pharmaceutical and technical background, Sunny is able to bring different people together to create new ideas, solutions, and partnerships, actively advocating for new business and customer-centric values.
With innovation in Bayer, Sunny brings different business challenges to the innovators outside for different opportunities to collaborate, as well as focusing on internal innovation programs, developing employee ideas to maturity.
Previously, Sunny previously lead a multi-industry manufacturing company as Head of Product and Marketing, achieving industry top brand status. Following, his experiences lead him to design consulting, helping people and companies look at innovating from the perspective of design. Sunny is active in the community. Graduating from Purdue University in Pharmaceutical Sciences, he now runs the Purdue Alumni Network in Shanghai alongside being a core member of Startup Grind Shanghai.
Vice President, Head of HR APAC
GEA Process Engineering China Limited
- Best HR Manager of Greater China Award 2008-2009, rewarded by HRoot Corporation and “World Management Review”
- Extensive practical and academic background in Human Resource Management
- Over 20 years of successful experience in taking diverse HR leadership roles for various large organisational settings.
- Masters of Commerce Degree (honours) in Management and Employment Relations from the University of Auckland in New Zealand with strong focus on Strategic Human Resource Management, Organisational Change and Innovation and Organisational Learning.
- Strong interest in studying and facilitating organisational learning – having completed a 75,000-word Masters thesis on Chinese learning organisations based on many on-site researches. It was converted into an article “Learning Organizations in China: Inroads and Implications for the Awakening Dragon” being published on the international management journal Reflection Vol. 6, 2005
- Combination of engineering and commerce degrees enables me to think critically and creatively as a lateral thinker, and grasp core issues of business in a short period.
- ICF certified trained professioned coach with more than 5 years coaching experience (in both English and Mandarin) with international client base in the area of leadership, career development and life coaching. Trained by Coaching Australia and Erikson International.
HR Vice President
Essilor Greater China Group
Tracy Liang, HR Vice President of Essilor Greater China Group, has 18 years’ HR working experience in multiple industries, including consulting firm, semi-conductor manufacturing, international logistics and eyewear industry. Tracy is experienced in HR business partner, organization development and corporate university management. She successfully led the projects of competency model, workforce planning and M&A.
Tracy holds MBA degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Philosophy Bachelor from Fudan University. She’s awarded Organization Development Certification from Saint Joseph’s University, USA. She also has certification of Psychology Diploma from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
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