In a world that’s moving faster and less predictably, it’s crucial to develop ways of working that are not only effective but sustainable. Bill works at the intersection of individual resilience and organizational processes and culture, creating ways of working and being that increase effectiveness, innovation, adaptability and happiness at scale. As a long time engineering executive Bill is passionable about providing practical, specific skills and management methods to allow people and organizations to meet the challenges of being a human today. Bill blends 12 years at Google and 10 years of consulting experience in healthcare, manufacturing, finance, telecom and media with studies in neuroscience, team effectiveness, mindfulness and the latest in well-being science.
I was a creative arts undergrad long enough to realize it wouldn't be my career, but realized my creative side runs deep. I get real joy from creating momentum and enthusiasm in and for others. Whether developing a 200+ employee LLC from a 5 employee business unit, expanding a family business internationally, or simply leading an workshops for executives - - excellence in others is fulfilling.
There's a direct relationship between an effectiveness HR organization and the behavior of employees within the business. When the two are aligned and truly working otogether - - an undeniably rich environment contributes to a resilient culture that's sustainable and high performing.
How we manage a thriving workforce is increasingly complex. We no longer see work and life as separate experiences for ourselves and our talent - - they are simply one. An individual's well-being is the greatest predictor of performance - and performance is the greatest predictor of business sustainability.
Digital technology, artificial intelligence and globalization are certainly urgent. But the most transformative elements are diversity, gender equality, social connectedness and purpose.
Future proof your workforce with a focus on the human element.
Professor of Organizational Psychology, Queen Mary University of London / Scientific Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Management ( has been elected as “Most Influential HR Thinker” by the British HR magazine)
John works with leadership teams on how to create sustainable value. His extensive experience in business, academia, and
publishing give John a unique perspective on the factors required for creating value and sustainable success.
Previously, John was Dean at SP Jain School of Global Management, and Professor of Marketing Practice and Director for the
Centre of Marketing Excellence at Singapore Management University. He has taught at the University of Washington,
Stanford University, UC Davis, Emerson College, University of Oregon, and the International Olympic Academy. He’s been
awarded "Best Professor of Marketing" by Asia's Best B School Awards, “The Most Inspiring Teacher" from SMU, and the
BAC Award from University of Oregon.
John also spent 18 years in industry practice where he led national and global marketing teams with Nike, Transamerica, and
Informix; and as an entrepreneur, starting 2 award winning companies: Northwest Resorts; and Brand New View.
John is a best-selling author, having written 10 books, including his latest, “Measuring Marketing”. Among his other books:
"The Market Oriented University" with Dr. Mark Farrell. "Sports Marketing: Creating Long-Term Value", with Jessica Zutz
Hilbert; "Competitive Success: How Branding Adds Value”; "The Olympic Games Effect”; “Magic Numbers for Sales
Management”; and “Magic Numbers for Consumer Marketing”. He has also published articles in Harvard Business Review,
Dialogue Review, and the International Advertising Journal.
He regularly speaks at global conferences, including: TEDx, Global Brand Forum, World Knowledge Forum, Human
Difference, YPOs, EO, BrandFinance Summit. John is often interviewed by the media, including: BBC, New York Times, CNBC,
ESPN, and ChannelNewsAsia.
Group Director Human Performance and Leadership , Hemas Holdings PLC Chairman of Hemas Hospitals Pvt Ltd Chairman of Hemas Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd Chairman - Centre for Poverty Analysis www.cepa.lk
Dee Liyanwela serves as the Head of LSEG Technology Sri Lanka and Group Shared Service Centres. Dee joined LSEG in 2013 and has been pivotal in implementing the Group’s off-shoring and near-shoring strategies; setting up two state-of-the-art operational hubs in Sri Lanka Romania.
Dee leads a multi-cultural, diverse, and inclusive workforce of over 1300 employees spread across three state-of-the-art office complexes across the Colombo, generating revenue in excess $60 million annually. His leadership has brought genuine value addition to the IT landscape in Sri Lanka; introducing world-class tools, technologies, and processes to the local market
LSEG Technology, LSEG’s technology solutions arm, develops and operates high performance technology solutions, including trading, market surveillance and post trade systems for over 40 organisations and exchanges around the world, including the Group’s own markets. BSL Sri Lanka and Romania provide IT Infrastructure, Application, Service-desk Management, and Corporate Services to the rest of the Group. Dee has also introduced dedicated Innovation and R&D functions.
Dee was previously an Executive Director for London Clearing House for eight years, responsible for Listed Derivatives, Equities and Fixed Income Technology. He has more than 20 years of experience in building technology platforms, managing various technology functions and delivering services via global offshore delivery centres. Prior to joining LCH, Dee was the CTO for a specialist software vendor where he built and ran a delivery centre for the company from Bangalore, India. Dee began his career working on Mobile Telecommunications technologies. Dee holds a BA (Hons) in Technology and Finance, an MBA, as well as an Advance Management Programme from Ashridge Management College, UK.
Madu is the Group CIO and the Center Head for Virtusa Sri Lanka. He is responsible for Virtusa’s global digital strategy and Virtusa’s Sri Lankan Operations. He is responsible for enterprise digital business strategy and the core service delivery framework. As the CIO, He focuses building Virtusa’s award winning digital platform and practices that enable harnessing the collective wisdom and relationships of global network of team members to drive delivery, sales, customer and people engagement.
Madu is a founder director and former Chairman of Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), the industry body for IT and BPM in Sri Lanka and the former Chairman of Sarvodaya Fusion, the ICT4D arm of Sarvodaya, the largest NGO in Sri Lanka; He represents the IT industry on the boards of several leading universities/Institutions.
He is a Charted Engineer, and holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management and a First Class Honors Degree in Software Engineering from City University in London. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT, digital transformation, project & service delivery.