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THNK School of Creative Leadership

Leadership Coach at THNK School of Creative Leadership, Art of People, McKinsey

My experience and deep interests:

I am an executive coach and leadership advisor, with extensive experience in leadership development, improving individual and team performance, and catalysing organisational change. I have spent two decades working with leading global businesses, professional firms, and international organisations, and I have served clients on all five continents and in a wide range of cultural and industry contexts, with a particular focus on knowledge-based businesses.

My experience also includes fifteen years advising senior leaders at McKinsey & Co. and three years working with the CEO and Management Team at IFC/The World Bank.

I have also worked with the CEOs and senior leaders at many Fortune 500 companies, business families, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profit organisations. I was previously a Professor of Business Administration in London and Copenhagen for five years, specializing in Strategic Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, and I worked for IBM in London and New York in research and software engineering. I hold a US patent in computer science.

Born and raised in England to German and Italian parents, I  have lived in France, Switzerland, the United States and Canada. I hold a first-class degree in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour from London University. I have been awarded a NatWest Fellowship to London Business School and a Fulbright Fellowship to Harvard Business School.

Sauder School of Business
Leadership Professor

Alex has two decades’ global experience as a leadership adviser and executive coach, including nineteen years advising senior leaders at a global professional services firm and four years working with the CEO and management team at IFC/The World Bank. He also advises startup CEOs and their executive teams, and leaders of charitable foundations, non-profits and international organisations, including the Ford Foundation and the United Nations.

He is Adjunct Professor of leadership and organizational behaviour at UBC Sauder School of Business and lead faculty for innovation leadership programs at THNK School of Creative Leadership.

He was previously Adjunct Professor of leadership and organizational behaviour on the MBA and executive MBA programs in London and Copenhagen for five years, and he worked for IBM in London and New York in research and software engineering. He holds a US patent in computer science.

Alex also teaches meditation and Buddhist philosophy. He is trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindful self-compassion, and he is a Khyentse Fellow and senior instructor teaching under the auspices of the Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Born and raised in England to German and Italian parents, Alex has lived in France, Switzerland, the United States and Canada. He holds a first-class degree in theoretical physics from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in leadership and organisational behaviour from the University of London, a NatWest Fellowship to London Business School and a Fulbright Fellowship to Harvard Business School. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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