Meet the Global Team

With established teams in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America, South East Asia and China, we have a growing team of accredited practitioners now in the UK and US. Together we are able to deliver a consistent experience in resilience training and leadership development for our clients across multiple territories. Below you can get to know our team in each location and understand the range of skills we can offer.

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  • China
  • Europe
  • New Zealand
  • North America
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
Managing Partner, China

Bruce Robinson, Managing Partner, China

Bruce leads The Resilience Institute in Shanghai. Prior to that, he was the Chief Representative of the Shanghai Representative Office and a Managing Director for Avenue Capital Group, a New York based private equity firm. He has over twenty-five years of investment, banking and business management experience in the Americas and Asia, where he has lived since 2005. Bruce specializes in organizational and individual transitions and managing diverse teams. He has led the establishment of new offices, as well as managed acquisitions and restructurings. Bruce holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is an executive coach. Recent client assignments include multinational companies as well as educational institutions.

Alexia Michiels, Partner, Europe

Based in Switzerland, originally from Belgium, Alexia is co-founder of The Resilience Institute Europe. After more than 10 years in the corporate world in marketing and media, Alexia moved to China where she became a professional certified coach and a yoga instructor. She decided then to devote her energy to empower individuals to enjoy a healthier and more fulfilling life. Passionate about the resilience integral and practical approach, Alexia is a dynamic facilitator who will bring a “yoga” touch to her courses. Alexia speaks French and English.

Katrien Audenaert, Partner, Europe

Based in Belgium, Katrien joined the Resilience Institute after having lived several years in Shanghai and Hong Kong. After 15 years of experience in the legal field (first as a legal advisor to the Belgian Prime Minister Dehaene and later as a Magistrate in the Belgian Constitutional Court), Katrien decided to make a career shift as an executive coach when she moved to Asia. She is certified to use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) and the Workplace Big 5. Katrien has since then put her energy in helping people achieve their goals, lead with passion, purpose and presence. Katrien speaks Dutch, French and English.

Laurent Levisalles, Partner, Europe

Based in France, Laurent is co-founder of the Resilience Institute Europe. For 20 years Laurent held several positions as managing director in the retail industry in the US, Europe and China for start-ups and global companies. Following his strong appeal for Human Sciences, he spent much of his energy on people development and management. Influenced by his experience in China, he became qigong instructor and incorporates qi-gong practices in his training sessions. Amongst his assignments, Laurent teaches in several business schools. Laurent speaks French and English.

Carlota Simo, Senior Consultant, Germany

Based in Munich, originally from Spain, Carlota lived and worked 20 years in Germany, Ireland, India and China. After a career as a lawyer in an international law firm and a mediator in a global tourism company, Carlota decided to follow her passion for human development and devote her career to executive coaching, focusing on leadership and creativity. Carlota is a qualified executive coach and facilitator and is certified to use the Myers-Briggs Type indicator (MBTI®). Carlota speaks Spanish, German and English.

Randall Zindler, Senior Consultant, Switzerland

Based in Lausanne, Randall is originally from the United States. After working several years in disaster management, Randall worked in marketing with the Credit Suisse Group, and in leadership development with the Swissair Group. He then was the group CEO of an international NGO. Randall has been involved in many networks such as The World Economic Forum, EU-CORD, or YPO. Academically, Randall has a global role as a Senior Teaching Fellow with the Leadership Centre of Lancaster University (UK). He is also a Doctoral Fellow with a research topic on leadership transition. Randall speaks English.

Dr Sven Hansen, Founder, The Resilience Institute

Dr Sven Hansen is the founder of The Resilience Institute. From a medical family, Sven joined Pathfinders, a special forces team in South Africa, before completing medicine. His passion for sport and flow took him into sports medicine and a personal practice in resilience. Sven began a corporate health business in 1988. He completed his MBA in 1993 and set about building an evidence-based, integral and practical solution to sustainable performance in life, sport and business. Over 20 years Sven has worked extensively with High Performance Sport, professional firms, banks, corporates, government, entrepreneurship, universities, and schools. He leads the development of The Resilience Institute’s methodology and is an experienced executive coach, keynote speaker and leadership trainer. He has a specific interest in developing leadership teams and the application of biological principles to leadership, strategy and resilience in the community.

Michael Toi, General Manager Operations, New Zealand

Michael has been in the IT industry for over 30 years. He has been part of the Senior leadership team for companies he has worked for since 2000. Having worked for large organisations – like BellSouth, Vodafone, First Mobile and Leading Edge he brings a wealth of experience and business acumen to The Resilience Institute team. His project management, business strategy skills, attention to detail, people/team management and experience working in Sales organisations has been a real benefit to the Operations and Systems development of our organisation since joining the team in 2015.

Dr Dee Alexander, Consultant, New Zealand

Dr Dee Alexander is a qualified medical specialist based in Wellington, and has over ten years of senior leadership experience in the health sector. Dee’s academic background includes a medical degree from Otago University NZ, and she has a dual background with combined specialist qualifications and experience in both clinical medicine and leadership. She is a qualified coach, having completed the Intensive Coach Training Program with Results Coaching Systems in 2011. Dee has extensive experience working with people to develop wellness, self-leadership and resilience, in particular applying the latest principles of neuroscience to enhance performance across all areas of life including high stress environments.

Declan Scott, Consultant, New Zealand

Declan brings practical experience from both the professional practice field across a number of countries to hands on business knowledge in owning and growing a business from Startup stage. He is dedicated to helping change the culture of business by inspiring a renewed sense of purpose and creativity in the workplace. Declan is a former Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland and has worked internationally as a corporate tax advisor prior to moving to New Zealand in 2005. He is one of the original founders of SHE Universe group in Christchurch. Declan has held various lecturing positions at a number of universities in Australia and New Zealand and is also a recognised keynote speaker and workshop facilitator.

Justin Schaefer, Partner, North America

Justin Schaefer is an Accredited Practitioner and Owner of The Resilience Institute – US. As a global executive with 20+ years of experience excelling in leadership roles with Sales, Finance, HR, IT, and Project Management, he brings a highly relevant perspective and message for those aspiring to thrive through adversity, sustain performance and lead stronger. Justin has successfully built and led cross-functional and cross-cultural teams worldwide. His dynamic and engaging style enables him to translate his life experiences into evidence based, practical, and integrated methods that teach how to measurably improve and sustain performance. Leaders from many backgrounds, cultures and countries find him easily relatable and can quickly connect with his personal experiences and background.

Thierry Moschetti, Managing Partner, South East Asia and UK

Thierry established The Resilience Institute in Southeast Asia and in the UK. He has twenty years of team management, business development and training experience in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia where he has been living since 2004. Before embarking on the journey with The Resilience institute, he was Regional General Manager Greater China for a British listed organization in the service industry. Thierry holds a Master of Science in Management, he is a certified ACTA trainer & assessor (Singapore Workforce Development Agency), a certified trainer in Emotional Intelligence and in Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice that combines gentle body movements with awareness and breathing for energy and relaxation.

Robert Simon PHD, Senior Consultant, New Zealand

Having a science background in physics Robert brings 17 years of business consulting and IT management experience to The Resilience Institute in New Zealand. He has worked on projects in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand where he has lived since 2003. Robert held senior management positions in global organisations like HP and CIBER. Robert is actively engaged in business development for The Resilience Institute and bringing the resilience methodology to a broader audience. In addition Robert uses his experience as a consultant, lecturer and coach in combination with his curiosity and compassion to facilitate workshops and planning sessions.

Briana Palmer, Consultant, South East Asia

Briana Palmer has 17 years of corporate experience working for leading multinational organisations across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. She has business management experience in a variety of disciplines including Business Development, Operations, Marketing, Strategy and Training. In addition, Briana has a strong interest in flexible work practices. Briana has a strong interest in flexible work practices. Briana has recently been accredited as a Coach by the Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership and is passionate about sharing the benefits of the evidence-based principles of The Resilience Institute. She is a Certified Organisational Coach, Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership (Level 1) and is passionate about sharing the benefits of the evidence based principles of The Resilience Institute.

Jerome Song, Consultant, South East Asia

Jerome has more than 20 years of experience in industries including marketing communications, manufacturing, real estate and hospitality and professional services. Prior to joining The Resilience Institute, Jerome was a management consultant with PwC Singapore and has served as a CFO overseeing the Asia Pacific region. Jerome is an experienced facilitator and coach working with a wide range of client groups in areas such as performance management, leadership and team development. His down to earth delivery style and his wealth of corporate experience help him connect well with his participants. Based out of Singapore, Jerome conducts training in Asia and speaks English, Mandarin, Thai and Japanese.

Sue Elias, Office Manager, South East Asia & UK

Sue Elias is an Office Manager with The Resilience Institute. She has more than 20 years of experience in managing administrative & secretarial functions across diverse industries. She began her career with the Republic of Singapore Air Force in Air Traffic Control, and subsequently gained corporate management expertise as an Office Administrator with a corporate branding company, an executive search firm and a training consultancy. Sue brings with her a collaborative & dedicated work ethic, commitment to improving work processes and excellent interpersonal & communication skills.

Manish Arneja, Consultant, South East Asia

Manish is a consultant with The Resilience Institute Southeast Asia. Manish is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) & Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner with 14 years of experience in Organisational Change and Leadership Effectiveness. Prior to joining The Resilience Institute, Manish was Regional General Manager (Asia, Middle East, Africa) for Organisational Development within a top tier multi-national consumer goods company. Being a coach and an Organisational Development practitioner, Manish holds a wealth of expertise in managing change, team dynamics, leadership development and embedding behavioural changes in personal life or within organisations. He has delivered keynote at various conferences including HR Summit, Manufacturing and Talent Conferences in Singapore and Malaysia. His journey to make a meaningful difference in people’s life led him to leave his corporate career and join The Resilience Institute Manish holds an MBA from Asian Institute of Management with additional post-graduate qualifications in Organisational Development from Heriot-Watt University, UK.