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Our Mentors

Even the most experienced speaker require a mentor. Our speakers' mentors hail from different industries and are experts in their fields. 

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Thaddeus Lawrence

Thaddeus Lawrence is a human development coach, adventure philanthropist and extreme sportsman rolled into one. He is best known for successfully completing a total of 1,000 kilometres in a footrace through the hottest, coldest, windiest and driest deserts on earth. His soul-inspiring feat in the Sahara, Gobi, Atacama and Antarctica, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations, is documented in his book “Runaway Success: Life Lessons from Ultra Endurance Racing.”


As an Integral Coach®, Thaddeus helps individuals and leaders expand their personal capabilities, ignite massive change and achieve long-term results. On Singapore Business Review’s “10 Influential Professional Speakers in Singapore Right Now”, he has presented at TEDx and DisruptHR and is a masterful storyteller in his sought-after keynote presentations. 

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Christine Amour-Levar

Christine is a Global Marketing & Communications Specialist with a wealth of experience in Brand Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship and Advocacy.

She has worked for global brands such as Nike, McCann-Erickson, Philippe Starck and her own Brazilian fashion retail business, Beijaflor. Christine is the Chief Marketing Officer of iRace Media, one of Asia's leading horse racing publishing and media companies. She is also a Consultant & Advisor in the area of Sustainability and Tech for Impact.

More recently, Christine was responsible for Marketing & Communications at Temasek Management Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings - specialised in Leadership Development, Business Services & Corporate Events Management - and concurrently managed Marketing & Communications at Temasek Trust, the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings. 

A passionate advocate of women’s leadership and empowerment, Christine set up ‘Women on a Mission’ & ‘HER Planet Earth’ - two non-profit organisations she co-founded and founded in 2012 and 2017 respectively - to take all-female teams on pioneering expeditions to the Arctic, the Antarctic, deserts in the Middle East & Africa, and mountains in the Himalayas, to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged women affected by climate change and to empower and support women who have been subjected to violence and abuse. 

She is an Author and Contributing Writer to international publications such as The HuffPost, Forbes and the Straits Times Newspaper of Singapore. Her speaking engagements have been hosted by organisations such as INSEAD, Nike, AWARE, Goldman Sachs, Singapore Woman Award, HCLI and James Cook University. 

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Avi Liran, CSP

TEDx/IDEASx speaker, Avi Liran (Economist, MBA and basketball coach) is on a mission to delight the world, one person, one workplace at a time. He is the creator and designer of the edutainment concepts of Delivering Delight and Leading with Values. 

His keynote talks and programs show business leaders, managers, and their people how to find and tweak their inner delight and lead with their values so they can convert employees and customers into raving fans and reach a higher purpose. 

Avi inspires his audience and provides practical tools how to self-lead with inner delight, to build and cultivate a Delightful Organisational Culture that create Delightful Employee Experience (DEX) so it empowers them to deliver Delightful Customer Experience (DCX) and Make a Difference. 

These creative talks and programs combine rigorous modern research spiced with ancient wisdom and real-life examples. Avi presented complex models and concepts in a fun and simple way to learn, apply and virally infect others. 

Avi's most recent articles have been featured in Business Times and European Business Review.

His delighted clients include Dell-EMC, Lenovo, Credit Suisse, Marriott, MBS, UOB bank & Turkish Airlines,

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Raymond Miranda

Raymond is a Story and Innovation Expert and a Professional Speaker.


After spending 14 years studying, researching and teaching storytelling at some of the best institutions in the US, Raymond has returned to Asia to set up Labora[s]tory. His passion for helping people and companies understand the craft, science and persuasive power of stories has taken him all over the world, from Brunei to New York City

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Coen Tan

Coen is an award-winning speaker, high-impact trainer and coach specializing in the area of presentation and communication skills. Over the past 10 years, he has helped over 42,000 individuals and professionals to communicate with confidence and effectiveness so that they can succeed effortlessly in career and in life.

Coen has trained regionally and spoken in rooms in Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan, and has trained in English and Mandarin. His wide range of clients include: AXA Insurance; Prudential, AIA, Danone, Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck, Novartis, Allergan, Watsons, Wacker, Lubrizol, CGG, Sime Darby, Cognizant IT Consulting, A*STAR; MINDEF, MHA, Nanyang Technological University, SHATEC, Singapore Polytechnic, Raffles Junior College, and dozens of other reputable organizations.

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Robin Speculand

Robin is a global pioneer and expert in strategy implementation. He is the Founder and CEO of Bridges Business Consultancy Int, the creator of the Implementation Hub—the first portal in the world dedicated to strategy implementation featuring over 600 resources, and co-founder of Strategy Implementation Institute.

A prolific writer and thinker on implementing strategy, Robin is an international bestselling author. His books include:

• Excellence in Execution–HOW to Implement Strategy, Morgan James, that provides a new approach to adopting the right mindset, toolset and skillset.
• Beyond Strategy–The Leader’s Role in Successful Implementation, John Wiley & Sons
• Building Your Execution Plan–182 Strategy Implementation Questions, (2018)

His pioneering work has been featured on the BBC U.K. & Global, CNBC, Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph and Singapore Straits Times and in strategy journals and international print. 

A sought-after keynote speaker at strategy and international business forums, Robin is also an award-winning case writer, an educator for Duke CE, the co-founder of the Strategy Implementation Institute, and an adjunct faculty member at the Office of Executive and Professional Education in Singapore Management University. Outside of work, he’s a die-hard ironman athlete.


Mette Johansson

Mette Johansson is an author, professional speaker and the owner of MetaMind Training. She worked in leadership roles for multinational corporations for 15 years before she founded MetaMind Training, a training consultancy which provides learning programmes in leadership, people and communication skills.


Mette speaks internationally on how to become a true leader: the leader who we follow not because of their position, wealth or title – but because we are inspired to follow them.


For over 20 years, Mette has studied leadership, motivation and engagement. Her bestselling book "How to Make Yourself Promotable: 7 skills to help you climb the career ladder" describes some of these skills, and more.


Mette is a recipient of Insight Magazine’s “50 Most Promising Women in Business” award and is the initiator of and current Chair for KeyNote – Asia’s Women Speakers, Asia’s leading directory of female speakers.


Roslina Chai

After an eclectic corporate and public sector career, Roslina cut her teeth as an entrepreneur when she co-founded a private equity firm in Shanghai, the first of seven companies in racing technology, F&B, design, education technology, capacity building, and executive education. 

Through it all, Roslina experienced first-hand the centrality of authentic conversations in breathing life into strategy, the stronghold emotions have on decision-making, and how fundamental an innovative mindset is to surviving the early days of a new business.

Drawing on these experiences, Roslina’s ability to “slice through to the core of matters and beings alike, while possessing a benevolence that disarms those in her space …” have benefited clients such as AIA, Domus Academy, IESE, Il Gigante, Orbotech, PTP, Sentosa, Singtel, and SMU.

Roslina holds three degrees in law, arts, and commerce from the University of Canterbury, and is currently completing a doctorate with Ecole des Ponts researching the intersection of innovation, authenticity, and conversations.

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Deborah Torres Patel

Deborah is considered the secret weapon, coach, and mentor behind many of the world’s best-selling authors, experts, and leaders of Fortune 500 Companies. She designs and teaches predictable systems that ensure her clients communicate with world-class credibility and unshakable confidence every time they speak. She has worked with hundreds of thousands of people in 80 countries on 6 continents as an International Voice, Presentation, and Public Speaking Skills Expert, often sharing global speaking platforms with leaders like Kim Kiyosaki, Tony Robbins and Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

In her earlier entertainment career, she performed for millions on radio, animated film, TV, Broadway and on international live concert stages with celebrities like Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. For decades, she shared and transferred these highly refined world class communication skills to enable leaders to scale new heights, reach their peak potential and the pinnacle of their careers.

Her clients have been on all major international media and she has been featured on CNBC and CNN television and in global publications like TIME and Forbes.

As a much sought after Voice, Presentation & Public Speaking Expert, she leads public programmes in partnership with Clariden Global Executive Education and Success Resources. With decades of experience creating customized In-House training programmes and executing transformational coaching work one to one, her programmes include both personal and professional development. Her companion books 'Million Dollar Voice' and 'Million Dollar Message' will be distributed globally in 2019 and 2020 by Ingram Books.

She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and in May 2018, she became the first and only woman to be honoured with the APSS Speaker Hall of Fame (HOF) Lifetime Achievement Award for speaking excellence and professionalism.​

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