Dr. DEAN WILLIAMS
Dean is president of Thinking Heads Global, and the author of Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change, and Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges.
Originally from Geelong, Australia, he was a faculty member at Harvard University's Kennedy School for nearly two decades. At the Harvard Center for Public Leadership he ran the World Leaders Project – an initiative that drew lessons and insights on leadership from successful (and many unsuccessful) world leaders. He was also the creator and chair of the popular Harvard executive education program, The Global Change Agent. At the university he was the recipient of the prestigious Carballo Award, given to a select few, for teaching excellence and contribution.
Dean has conducted research, spoken on leadership, led training programs, and facilitated large scale change initiatives all over the world--in the United States, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia. He has worked with many corporations, international organizations, and governments. He helped Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, to pursue a rapid development strategy, serving for five years as the Chief Adviser to the President. He also advised the leadership team of East Timor, helping them transition from a war-torn country to a free and functioning democracy. For more than a decade he has contributed to the building of leadership capacity of the Singapore government and social sector as director of the popular Social Leadership Singapore program. He has also worked with a number of multi-national corporations in building their leadership strength to ensure that they become genuine "global" companies that can harness the talent and capability of their people all over the world. For five years he was the lead consultant to the large Australian banking and insurance company, SUNCORP, orchestrating their highly successful organizational transformation process.
He earned both Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Harvard, specializing in leadership development and organizational change. As a graduate student he researched leadership, authority dynamics, and social change with the nomadic Penan tribe of Borneo, organizational change and innovation at Aetna Life and Casualty in the United States, corporate culture and performance at the New York Times and Polaroid, comprehensive civil service reform in the Sultanate of Brunei, and change agent education at the Matsushita Academy in Japan. He continues to research and write about leadership and change, and created Thinking Heads Global to promote ideas and contribute to the building of leadership capacity for a complex, crazy, and unpredictable world.
Dr. ROSIE LIM
Rosie is the Executive Director of Thinking Heads Global. She is from Singapore but studied in the United States, earning both her Bachelor's and Master's degree from Harvard, and a doctorate from Columbia University (Teachers College) where she specialized in adult development and leadership. She also holds a master's degree from Monash University in Australia with a focus on international education. For five years she worked at Harvard Graduate School of Education's Office of School Partnerships, managing the Boston-Harvard Leadership Development Initiative. She was also a teaching fellow to the renown cognitive psychologist Robert Kegan, and a research assistant for a project on human development at the psychology department at Harvard. Rosie has also worked in administration for international research projects at the University of Queensland in Australia.
She has lived and worked in Madagascar, where she focused on women's issues, conducting research to bring focus on the leadership challenges of empowering Malagasy women politically, socially and economically as leverage for poverty reduction. Her efforts culminated in the set-up of the Vice-Ministry of Women Affairs. She also co-led a volunteer group of local and international women to help a school for street children and to build schools for impoverished villages. In Myanmar, with a research team, she traveled all over the country interviewing government administrators, politicians, educators, and local chiefs and social leaders to learn about and diagnose the "adaptive challenges" facing the country and local communities. For a decade she has assisted in the design, development, and administration of Social Leadership Singapore. She is also an adjunct lecturer at James Cook University's Singapore campus.