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Our Advisors

Our People

Our Leadership Advisors spanning the globe have spent years mastering the tools and techniques of Adaptive Leadership. 


Molly Alexander

Molly Alexander has demonstrated impact on organizational effectiveness by leveraging expertise in coaching, design and facilitation of experiential learning and systematic training approaches including adaptive leadership and systems change theory.  For the past 12 years in the social venture investment sector and as the Head of Talent for the world's premier impact investing organization, Molly has brought her leadership advisory expertise to bear on challenges related to investment portfolios, leadership development, business development, talent management and innovation.  Her experience ranges from working with start-ups to mature teams across the US, UK, India, Pakistan, East & West Africa and Latin America. Through this experience Molly has developed a deep cultural understanding furthering her ability to embed aligned behavioural and organisational culture and strategy.  Deeply committed to democratising leadership in emerging markets, Molly thrives in fast-paced, multi-disciplined teams; and excels in ambiguous, resource-constrained environments.


Maria Paz Dominguez S.

Maria Paz Dominguez holds a Master in Public Management and Master in Education, both from Harvard University. Her professional degree is in Commercial Engineering from the Catholic University of Chile. As part of her postgraduate studies, Maria participated in and served as an assistant professor in the “Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change” course with Dr. Ronald Heifetz and Professor Dean Williams. Between 2002 and 2009, she worked as an associate researcher at the Microdata Center of the Department of Economics of the University of Chile where she implemented educational policies and programs nationwide. She has also done teacher training in Spain and in El Salvador. Today, Maria serves as a consultant on educational and citizenship issues. She designs in-person and online leadership courses for corporations in Chile, as well as for education management teams. Maria teaches Master-level courses in the School of Education at Catholic University.


Mari Haraldsson

A Swedish Korean New Yorker with 15 years of facilitation experience on four continents, Mari brings deep empathy, systems thinking, and cultural acumen to her leadership development work. Her career began with co-creating community building workshops with homeless individuals in New York City. She has since designed and facilitated purposeful processes globally - from boardrooms, recovery spaces, government agencies, rice fields and the United Nations.

In her various roles, Mari engages with individuals and groups seeking greater purpose and courage in leading adaptive change. She serves as the Global Transformation Lead at Hyper Island and as the founder and coach of Tidal Change. In addition, Mari works with executives and communities as a Leadership Advisor through Adaptive Change Advisors. Prior to relocating to Stockholm, Mari spent four years catalyzing a global urban resilience movement with 100 Resilient Cities, a program pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Mari is an ICF Professional Coach, a certified Adaptive Leadership Facilitator, and a certified practitioner of the Swedish Defense University’s methods in Understanding Groups and Leadership. She holds a Master of Public Administration with specializations in international nonprofit management and public policy, and a Bachelor in social justice and leadership from New York University.


Saima Irtiza

With over 20 years of professional experience, Saima began her career  in the financial sector, transitioned through entrepreneurship, and soon discovered her penchant for facilitation and coaching. She is a seasoned facilitator and certified Adaptive Leadership trainer, having spent the last decade working with changemakers globally. Saima's experience as a program builder for Acumen’s flagship fellowship programs in Pakistan and in East Africa has given her a strong understanding of how to curate learning experiences and inculcate self-reflection in diverse cultural contexts. She trains and coaches change leadership cohorts in the private and public sector around the world, leveraging the tools and framework of adaptive leadership. Saima directs ACA's Train-the-Trainer program that provides certification for aspiring Adaptive Leadership facilitators.


Vimal Kumar

Vimal is the founder of Movement for Scavenger Community (MSC), an organization committed to the eradication of manual scavenging in India and bringing education and awareness to the existing scavenger community. Under MSC he also operates the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Youth Study Center which provides career counseling and a small library to disadvantaged students in Haryana. As a Ph.D. scholar in social work with a focus on "Caste violence" at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, he was awarded the Young Professional Fellowship from the Dalit Foundation in 2008. Vimal holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work from the University of Kurukshetra in Haryana. He was awarded by DAAD research fellowship in 2016 under Student Exchange Program with Westfalische Wilhelms - Universitat Muenster (WWU), Germany. He is also Acumen Fellow at Acumen Fund.


Eric Martin

Eric Martin is the author of the book Your Leadership Moment and is Managing Director at Adaptive Change Advisors (ACA). A Detroit native turned prominent leadership expert, Eric has brought leadership development to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. His work extends the framework of Adaptive Leadership, a somewhat provocative leadership practice developed at Harvard. Eric has been published in Fast Company, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Environmental Leader. Eric’s work has been used to tackle structural barriers to transitioning to a low-carbon economy, improve health equity and access, and evolve the role of advanced technology in our daily lives.

Eric serves as a Board member of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a founding Board member of the Democratizing Leadership Initiative, an Advisory Board Member of the MAVA Foundation and the American Resilience Project, and a founding member of the MAG Impact Collective. Eric holds a Master, Management Science in Organizational Change Management and BS in Systems Analysis and Operations Research. Previously, Eric served in a governmental liaison capacity in Japan and at The Synergos Institute, a Rockefeller-affiliated international development organization. 


Patrick McGowan

Patrick McGowan has spent his career as an inside change leader in several organizations, first in business then in healthcare. He specializes in aligning teams on a common path to achieving better results. For the past decade he has led several system-level change initiatives inside two major Midwest health systems. His work on the CMS Innovation Award resulted in the integration of behavioral health practitioners, processes, and assessments across 33 primary care clinics – an innovation which saw the adoption of a biopsychosocial approach to patient care for thousands of people. He also worked to realign 14 service lines on five strategic aims and two population health goals – collaborating with CEOs and Physician Vice Presidents in practice and technology standardization across multiple hospitals. Patrick was introduced to the provocative teachings of adaptive leadership when leading the CMS Innovation Award and became a certified in Immunity to Change, a Harvard-based change leadership practice. Since then, he has facilitated over 100 small and large group meetings using adaptive leadership principles, including a series of discipline-specific Design Team meetings with physicians, social workers, and nurses. Patrick holds a Master Business Administration as well as a BA in Journalism. He completed Michael Porter’s “Value Measurement in Healthcare” through Harvard Business School.


Nqobizitha Ndlovu

Nqo works at the intersection of sustainability, leadership and finance. His work with communities addresses socio-economic justice & environmental rights issues. To this end he has partnered with organizations across the globe, including International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Wildlife Fund, Southern African Sustainable Use Specialist Group, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Acumen, DfiD, USAID Southern Africa, Solidaridad Network, African Union, World Bank, WHO AFRO and regional institutions such as the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Ministries of Land, Environment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the SADC region and EA community. He also works with impact focused African entrepreneurs, professionals and investors (globally) to actualize the UN sustainable development goals. As a team leader and seasoned facilitator he has helped to build models and communities of practice comprised of multiple stakeholder groups to find sustainable solutions to complex problems plaguing rural communities, such as adaptation to climate change. He has also led efforts to conserve endangered species such as rhinos and elephant through community-based natural resource management (People and Parks Programme - South Africa), through promoting sustainable use and designing models of rural enterprise development to create alternative livelihood options.


Winnie Ouko

Winnie is co-founder and a Director of Lattice Consulting Limited, a Kenyan corporate finance, project finance, and strategy advisory firm with a prestigious client base.  Winnie has first-rate technical skills in valuation, project finance, financial modeling and analysis, and strategy.  She is a gifted trainer and has taught management and executive training programs in many countries in Africa.

She previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Nairobi) and Standard Poors’ (New York).  Winnie holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the University of Nairobi, and is a Certified Public Accountant (Kenya).

Winnie is an African Leadership Initiative Fellow and sits on the boards of numerous Kenyan companies.


Diane Rawlins

MA, LMHC, founder and president of InsideOut Consulting, Diane partners with healthcare leaders and their teams to meet today’s unprecedented opportunities and challenges.  Drawing upon her deep expertise and practice in Adaptive Leadership, Diane strengthens leaders’ capacity to transform organizations by providing them with structured approaches for mindfully achieving outcomes, forging collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, developing a mature understanding of self and purpose, and acting with integrity in charged conditions. Diane has worked for over 25 years as a consultant, coach, facilitator and faculty with healthcare leaders and practitioners in the US, UK, and Canada. An early participant in the formation of the positive organizational psychology movement, she collaborated with David Cooperrider as a founding partner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting, LLC.  In 2001, Diane co-founded Leading Organizations to Health, a nationally acclaimed institute on leading change in healthcare, where she continues to serve as senior faculty.  Diane also works closely with Parker J. Palmer as a national facilitator for the Center for Courage & Renewal, where she fosters personal and professional renewal and leadership skills for healthcare professionals.  She is a certified professional partner of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, based at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Originally a psychotherapist, Diane holds a BFA from the University of Michigan, an MA (psychology) from the University of Louisville, and has post-graduate training in both psychology and organizational development.


Trevor Rees

Trevor is a sustainability consultant working in collaboration with a diverse network of associates, colleagues and partners in the UK and internationally. He undertakes short and long-term consultancy assignments covering corporate partnerships, project design/management, strategy, fundraising and the design and delivery of sustainability leadership programmes. Most of Trevor’s work aims to address some kind of sustainability challenge with a response that is systemic and involves collaboration. Current projects include energy-access work focused on using gas flares to provide power for poor communities in the Niger Delta and building sustainable enterprise to reduce the use of firewood in Kenyan tea production. He also works with partners in East Africa to look at the challenges and opportunities presented by the developing oil and gas industry in the region. One of his passions is creating opportunities for learning through field-based engagement, creating experiences that challenge assumptions and allow groups and individuals to gain insight and understanding. He is an associate of Talik and Co and a Trustee of INTRAC.


Alexandra Stubbings

Alexandra consults and coaches at the intersection of sustainability, strategy and change. She has spent over 15 years facilitating cultural change that fosters responsibility and participation, environmental sensitivity and social impact across organisations and networks. She has worked in Europe, MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa, US and Asia-Pac and with leading PLCs, social enterprises, foundations and governments. Her work ranges from designing and leading large multi-stakeholder engagement processes (action labs, Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry summits) through strategy evaluation and design to coaching CEOs. Her action research based doctoral thesis was concerned with stakeholder-led approaches to shared value strategy and provided the theoretical grounding and action research field- testing for the Talik model. She is a trustee of TreeSisters, the charity promoting sustainable behavioural change and reforestation.

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