ABOUT US

Our highly experienced team comes from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

 

Our clients have access to knowledge, insights and best practices from over 100 years combined industry experience across different sectors to help them solve any challenge and successfully move forward.

Meet the team

Shekib Shaker
Director and
Founder

Shekib is a specialist practitioner, passionate about people development and innovation. Some of his achievements include designing and developing innovative electronics that helped win the World Solar Car race for Australia, winning Bosch Engineering Quality Award in Germany, designing and developing a best practice project and risk management software and turning around million dollar loss making international projects into multi-million dollar profits.

Over the last decade Shekib has been helping organisations in Australia, Asia and Europe develop practical improvement solutions, building capabilities and sustainably transforming organisational culture. He has been coaching, mentoring, and training leadership teams from a variety of industries including hospitality, education, automotive, manufacturing, creative, finance, primary, not-for-profit, and local government.

Drawing on his 15 years experience in high-precision product development and innovation working with multinationals like Bosch, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai / Kia on 3 continents and leading international multidisciplinary teams based in Australia, China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and US, Shekib delivers practical solutions for effective management of people, projects and risks that translate into on time, on budget and on quality achievement of project outcomes. His engineering approach to business and in-depth knowledge of human behaviour help organisations strengthen their leadership and innovation capabilities for better performance and stronger growth.

Shekib has a double degree in Engineering (Hons.) and Applied Science from RMIT University in Melbourne. He’s a certified Executive Coach accredited with International Coach Federation (ICF), Workplace Trainer and Trainer’s Trainer. Shekib appears as a speaker in various business and educational forums in Australia, Asia and Europe and as a guest lecturer at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. His autobiography (The Little Nomad) was short-listed in the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards in Melbourne in 2011.

 

Shekib has lived in 8 countries and speaks 4 languages.

Dr. Shaker is a health and wellbeing researcher with a decade of biomedical experience working mainly on projects relating to innovative cancer treatment technologies, like using artificial virus particles to kill cancer cells. She studied Biotechnology in Poland and earned a Doctoral degree in Genetics from Technical University Munich in Germany for the work on a rare cancer of the endocrine system (MEN II). Her scientific work resulted in public presentations to audiences on four continents as well as a number of peer-reviewed publications in international journals along with a book chapter contribution discussing a new approach to cancer treatment using Telomerase inhibition.

 

Kamilla’s research and interests today focus on nutrition, stress management and the role of the mind in creating reality.

 

​Dr. Shaker is also a corporate trainer holding a number of certificates from Germany, Japan and Australia in areas including Communication, Knowledge Management, Performance Coaching and Workplace Training. She has lived in six countries and is trilingual.

Dr. Kamilla Shaker
Director and
Founder
Thomas Staender
Senior Associate

Thomas has been developing and conducting seminars and workshops as a trainer and coach for international clients since 1997 supporting German and international companies in their change and integration efforts. His main focus has been intercultural management, multinational team development, expatriate coaching, international virtual team development, and intercultural conflict resolution.

Regarding diversity in corporate culture as a key to international business success, Thomas has undertaken assignments with the renowned Goethe Institute, developed and facilitated proprietary intercultural learning programs and workshops, and consulted on preparation of remote project teams and on organisational change for joint-venture partners.

Thomas studied English, German and Swedish language and literature and trained in business administration. A graduate of the Teacher Training College at Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of New South Wales in Australia, Thomas is a licensed facilitator of Argonaut™ platform for assessment of intercultural competence, and a LIFO® analyst (assessment of behaviour styles). He has carried out cross-cultural training in 10 countries and speaks five languages.

Peter has 14 years experience in engineering and international technology consulting from establishing global start-up companies that provide a 'follow the sun' solution to streamlining global Fortune 500 companies' operations to bring complex products from design to mass manufacture. Peter spent five years in Germany as an engineer, manager, and researcher in the manufacturing sectors of Telecommunications, Automotive, Aerospace and Nanotechnology.

His skills involve securing investment and commercialisation of cutting-edge technology and R&D requiring extensive knowledge of both local and global innovation systems, working with universities, State and Federal Governments, public agencies, and industry. This included the development of major projects ($30million - $1Billion) involving securing equity investment partners, government agencies, creation of business plan incorporating R&D and commercialisation strategy, and fulfilment of financial and legal requirements leading to contractual arrangements.

Peter often volunteers for sporting organisations. He is fluent in German and Italian.

Dr. Peter Moar
Senior Associate
Mark Holdsworth
Senior Associate

Mark is a National Board Director and National Treasurer of Economic Development

Australia with experience in Energy and petrochemicals, Public Sector, Air Transportation, Utility Providers, Telecommunications, and Banking, positioning ANZ as the first Australian Bank to introduce electronic banking and act as interchange partner in Vietnam. 

As Head of Partnerships for a local government in Australia he developed and managed strategies that build connectivity and support investment projects (including feasibility assessments of a 200ha commercial master plan). An author of several discussion papers, Mark has delivered public presentations on Chinese Direct Foreign Investment, Developing Local and Regional Economies, and Industry-based Business Clusters. He is a recipient of several awards including National Award for Innovation in Local Government, while his operational excellence program at ANZ Bank was benchmarked 'Best in class' by The Gartner Group. 

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Deakin University, Australia and an MBA from Victoria University in New Zealand. He is a member of the World Seido Karate Association (instructor for both children and adults) and a volunteer to National Guide Dog and Mobility Centre.

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