David Altman

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Center for Creative Leadership

David is EVP and MD of CCL-EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Previously, he served for over nine years as EVP of CCL’s Research, Innovation and Product Development group. Prior to CCL, David was a tenured Professor of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina (10 years) and Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California (10 years).

Current Role
As EVP and MD of EMEA, David leads a 100 person team of full-time staff and 130 Associates in their work supporting CCL’s mission. He also serves on the 10 person Executive Team of CCL. EMEA has staff through the region and offices in Brussels [HQ]; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Johannesburg, South Africa. David is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He serves as co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Executive Nurse Fellows program (www.executivenursefellows.org). David has long supplemented his work in the public health field with a keen interest leadership. At CCL, he has attended the Leadership Development Program (LDP) as a Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program, Leading Creatively, Developing Leadership Talent, Assessment Certification Workshop, Coaching Certification Workshop, and Leadership at the Peak programs. He currently serves as a faculty member for the Leadership at the Peak program which is offered in Switzerland and Colorado Springs.

Educational Background
David earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine where he was selected as Alumni of the year in 2007. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Stanford University.

Professional Affiliations
David is active in a number of professional associations and is a Fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is also a member of the American Public Health Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association, the Society of Public Health Education, and Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He serves on a variety of community taskforces and Boards. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and five books.

Lynn Collins
Regional Director Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Center for Creative Leadership

Senior professional with expertise in talent management consulting, business development and global sales and marketing management.

Accustomed to working with senior leaders to help guide decisions, define and create talent
management solutions, aligned with the skills and competencies critical to strategy execution. Worked on an international basis for many years while based in Belgium. Adept at managing people's interests and expectations across many cultures and disciplines.

Talent management consulting, customer engagement, discovery and alignment, executive engagement, co-design, development and implementation of learning solutions, international project and resource management, cultural diversity, strategy development and execution, marketing communications, global pricing and profitability analysis.

Current Role
Develop relationships at key points across client organizations, serving as a trusted advisor for talent management decisions. Skillfully apply CCL Leadership points of view, frameworks, tools and processes to create strategic, sustainable solutions to solve client issues enabling organizational success. Engage consulting team, solution design experts and resource managers globally to meet client expectations and ensure seamless implementations.

Educational Background
University of Guelph, Canada, B.SC

Karsten Drath
Associate Faculty & Executive Coach, Center for Creative Leadership

An entrepreneur, coach, author and speaker, Karsten Drath is fascinated by the human
potential to grow in the face of adversity and hardships. He is managing partner at Leadership Choices, one of the leading providers of executive development in Europe. As
an executive coach he is working with top managers of global enterprises and for
organizations like the Center for Creative Leadership, Brussels, and the World Economic
Forum, Geneva. As an author Karsten has published several books on the topics of
leadership, resilience and coaching, amongst this “Resilience in Corporate Leadership”. As
a speaker he is sharing his own experiences as a manager and coach combined with
insights from research on resilience and leadership under pressure, uncertainty and complexity with an international auditorium at Airbus, Bayer, BearingPoint, Deutsche
Bahn, Linklaters, Merck, SAP as well as the World Economic Forum and at Kellogg Business

For more than 15 years he has tested the limits of his own resilience and still does so
today. As a consultant and manager of international units in organizations like Accenture,
Bombardier and Dell he led large departments through periods of substantial change and
was also affected by quite some degree of change himself. During his time as the leader of
the European consulting business at Dell he led the acquisition and integration of different
international companies into one new business unit. In parallel to his challenging role he
also completed many marathons and triathlons, amongst this the prestigious Ironman

Since 2006 he is supporting top managers and their teams in their development. Next to
helping them to achieve their desired goals he always focuses on aspects like balance,
agility and sovereignty and on the conscious consideration of limited resources like
lifetime and performance. For Karsten the alignment of personal values and daily business
plays a pivotal role in achieving true happiness. In his key notes he likes to create “aha”moments, when he is looking at supposedly known facts from a different and fresh
perspective. People who have listened to Karsten describe him as an inspiring speaker
with a great presence, capable of combining complex matters with lively stories and
hence can convey difficult subjects in a light and easy manner.

Karsten is a trained engineer, Executive MBA and psychotherapist. He works in German
and English and lives with his dynamic patchwork family near Heidelberg.

Regina Eckert

Faculty Team Manager, Center for Creative Leadership

Gina joined CCL in 2006 as a post-doc and divides her time in the Center between client work and research. Her focus areas are diversity, women leadership, and global top talent development. She engages in complex discovery and diagnostic engagements and designs, delivers and evaluates clientfocused interventions. Together with Philips and Wharton, she
co-wrote the winning case in the 2011 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards on Philips Octagon.

Gina uses a range of methodical approaches to answer questions about leaders' career development, leadership and gender, globally responsible leadership, and leadership challenges around the world.

She has a sound methodical background in both diagnostic and facilitative areas, and has led various research projects across the EMEA region.

Gina is co-author of Global6, a 360-degree instrument focusing on global leadership. Before joining CCL, Gina has consulted on quality management in German healthcare, on organizational change and leadership development in the automotive industry.

Current Role

Gina is a faculty team manager for the EMEA region, leading a team of diverse, multidisciplinary faculty members who work with clients across the whole region. She also leads on client engagements focusing on women leadership, cross-cultural intelligence, and work-life balance. Her clients come from industry (manufacturing and healthcare), academia (universities including Princess Nora University) and other organisations (such as the British NHS and inter-governmental organisations).  Gina also delivers CCL’s Assessment Certification Workshop. She speaks and presents on leadership to both scholars and practitioners.

Educational Background
Gina holds a degree in psychology from the University of Munich, Germany, and a PhD in Management from Aston Business School, UK. She also has a post-graduate certificate from Aston for teaching and learning in Higher Education, approved by the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Professional Affiliations
Gina’s research has been published in research scholarly journals such as the European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, Journal of Managerial Psychology, International Journal of Cross-cultural Competence and Management, or the Journal of Global Responsibility. Her work has been mentioned in the Financial Times, various publications of the Center for Creative Leadership, and the German Magazine of Personnel Leadership (Personalführung). Gina is a member of member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Academy of Management (AoM), European
Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), and the International Association of CrossCultural Psychology (IACCP).

David Learmond

Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow, Human Capital, The Conference Board

David Learmond is a senior advisor and senior fellow in human capital at The Conference Board. In these roles, he supports the human capital practice, which includes Human Capital Exchange™, research, conferences, webcasts, and other human capital programs. He has also written and contributed to a number of reports from The Conference Board, including Bridging China’s Talent Gap and Go Where There Be Dragons: Leadership Essentials for 2020 and Beyond. In addition to his work at The Conference Board, he is a principal industrial fellow of the Institute of Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge and a partner at Better Business Coaching, LLP, an international coaching business.

Learmond was previously senior vice president, human resources, greater China for Unilever, a position based in Shanghai. During his tenure at Unilever, he also held various senior human resources positions in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia.

Jesper Lillelund

Partner & Co-Founder, CorporateLeaders

Jesper Lillelund has been engaged in building valuable business networks on the international scene for over 20 years. Jesper combines his in-depth industry knowledge, access to a wide network of business leaders, and market development skills focusing on making business transformation and corporate excellence part of the business agenda.

Prior to co-founding CorporateLeaders, Jesper was instrumental in building a leading independent business transformation association from an informal business community to a global player. He also served as the Marketing Director at The Wall Street Journal Europe where he was responsible for managing brand, direct and on-line marketing. In his career at the Journal Europe, Jesper was also responsible for developing new revenue generating businesses. This included launching The Wall Street Journal Europe’s conference operations starting with the highly sought after European CEO Summits to the regional Central European Economic Review conferences. Prior to the Journal Europe, Jesper held market analyst roles at MAN B&W Diesel and Danisco in Denmark.

Jesper holds an MBA in International Management from the University of Dallas and a BBA in Management and International Business from Baylor University in Texas.



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