The 'A' Team.
Shane Warren & Associates is a network of practitioners who all operate their own specific services but also prioritise opportunities to work as a collective through our joint associations. We find such a model gives our clients direct access to a blend of talent each with offices around the region. The following list is a few of the lead practitioners that work together all the time, it is not a comprehensive list of the 300 plus consultants who deliver programs on our behalf across the globe annually...
Shane Warren is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has an academic background in theology, philosophy, psychology and business. He is the Director of the International Resilience Institute Sydney and NeuroBalance health IT systems; as well as holding regional leadership positions for the Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches and the Association for Coaching. Shane is an internationally recognized facilitator of leadership development programs within a resilience framework for multinational corporations, not-for-profit groups and small businesses throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. He has facilitated thousands of hours of programs specializing in human resource leadership and organizational development. Prior to his work in the international consulting field, Shane was a highly respected adviser in the community and not-for-profit sectors. In this role he held many leadership positions and contributed extensively to welfare, health and employment policies on all levels of government around Australia. Shane has also published a number of books ranging from more academic based work to easy read psychology / personal development works.
Dina Zavrski-Makaric is an executive coach and team facilitator, specializing in development of established and upcoming managers, leaders, and teams. Her extensive career from Europe and Australasia make her ideal to support individuals on managing change and transition. Dina draws on her knowledge and experience working for large corporates in the areas of corporate development, human resources, change management and corporate communications. She works with executives and teams of multinationals, government departments and non-profit organizations. Dina holds a postgraduate degree in Counselling (Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney), and is certified executive, work-place, cross-cultural and life coach. Trained in advanced and varied coaching methodologies, Dina tailors her approach to best suit the client. Her understanding of complexity in organizations enable her to have a great insight and ability to view problems from multiple perspectives, and support her clients in finding creative and sustainable solutions.
Dr Ruen Chew, a psychologist with Happyology, has provided consultations and training with clients across Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. He began his career in the Creative Industry (Design) spearheading works for major organizations and government agencies. In 2006, Ruen pursued a Masters in Psychology (Educational Psychology) at the University of Sydney. He was awarded the Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing doctoral fellowship to complete a PhD with the university; specialising in the application of innovative techniques for the motivation of people. Ruen continues to be one of the industry rarities, methodically blending innovative ideas from the Arts, Technology and Philosophy with the latest Psychology models and approaches. Some examples include; art-based techniques to reignite staff motivation; creative journal workshops for resilience building. His clients include; National Centre for Language Training (UNSW), International Resilience Institute Sydney, American Express (Australia), Bank of Scotland (Asia), various government and private schools across the region.
Jim Choon-Gin Tan
Jim brings to the consulting relationship an academic background from some of the worlds most distinguished institutions including the National University of Singapore, New York University and Monash University. A counsellor and coach in private practice in Sydney, Jim’s previous career was a Management Consultant for McKinsey & Company, plus other big names such as Standard Charter, Anderson Consulting, Singapore Airlines and Telstra. He brings to the team role an in-depth knowledge of different cultures and a powerful understanding of working in different cultures and different environments.
Jeff is our team’s bodywork expert. He brings to the team an academic background in business, music and health. His MBA is in new business and human resources, while his Doctorate studies are in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Working from Taiwan, Australia and Spain Jeff is our a go-to-guy for when our team is invited to develop programs that include the physical well-being of the team within the organisation.
Lewis Lam is an Certified Practicing Acccountant and Registered Tax Agent based in Sydney Australia. His commitment and enthusiasm for tax was gained through his studies in finance and his experiences as senior tax consultant in public practice in Sydney Australia. He is also currently acting as a senior tax and finance consultant and advisor for number of other public practices in Sydney. Before opening his own public practice, Lewis worked in several Hong Kong & China based companies, he was head of the finance division as Financial Controller for Florsheim Pacific (a multinational shoe company with head office based in the US) for the Asia Pacific region before migrating to Sydney permanently. In addition his knowledge & expertises of Australian taxation system, he has also had substantial experience and exposures to both Hong Kong & China tax systems and business regulatory processes.
Richard Hill has emerged from a diverse and fascinating journey to become an innovative consultant on the mind, brain and the human condition. From a satisfying, if not quite famous, early career in the creative arts, Richard returned to intellectual studies at 42 (1996) beginning with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in linguistics. This triggered a curiosity that led to a diploma in counselling and a new career in psychotherapy. Studying continued and, as of 2014, he has added three Masters degrees – an MA in Social Ecology; a MEd; and a Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences (MBMSc) from Sydney University. Richard is also fortunate to have been mentored by the esteemed Ernest Rossi PhD who has invited Richard into the International Psychosocial Genomics Research Team who study the impact of therapeutic practices on the genetic level. Richard Hill has emerged from a diverse and fascinating journey to become an innovative speaker on the mind, brain and the human condition. From a satisfying, if not quite famous, early career in the creative arts, Richard returned to intellectual studies at 42 (1996) beginning with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in linguistics. This triggered a curiosity that led to a diploma in counselling and a new career in psychotherapy. Studying continued and, as of 2014, he has added three Masters degrees – an MA in Social Ecology; a MEd; and a Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences (MBMSc) from Sydney University. Richard is also fortunate to have been mentored by the esteemed Ernest Rossi PhD who has invited Richard into the International Psychosocial Genomics Research Team who study the impact of therapeutic practices on the genetic level.
Kait has held many interesting positions using both her academic basis in arts and medical science. She has worked as an educator in the justice system; teaching art to inmates in maximum security prisons. As well she has taught children painting and pottery classes and is still invited by some of Sydney’s leading schools to run special interest classes for their students. Kait also teachers a specialist pottery class every year for the National Art School in Darlinghurst. As well Kait has held senior roles in medical research working in laboratory settings and co-ordinating various research studies into health care. In these roles she has worked on studies that are about adult curative and treatment programs for common illness to specialised work with children living with a life threatening condition. Outside of the medical system, she has also applied her knowledge in health sciences in a consulting capacity with major corporations around the world helping them to develop preventative health strategies for their employees.
Dr Venkat Pulla was a Tata Dorabji Merit Scholar and has been involved in academia, teaching and research for over 18 years both overseas and in Australia. His doctoral research took a cross-national comparison of development strategies for minorities. He taught at the College of Social Work, Red Hills, Hyderabad, Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, Osmania University. He was the founder of the Centre for Environment Concerns, (CEC) a pioneer in Environment Education in the mid eighties in India. The CEC is still a lead agency and is an active research based NGO in India. Over the course of twenty years of practice in human services in Australia, Venkat has contributed to management, research, consulting and training in strengths-based human services management. This has included direct and reflective practice in child protection, family-directed practice, trauma and torture counselling, migrant and refugee resettlement and working alongside with Australian Aboriginal practitioners and tertiary teaching and leadership. Dr Pulla has made contributions to health and multicultural policies, urbanization, cross-cultural curriculum development, poverty alleviation, social infrastructures, disability and aged care, wage reform, employee strategies and industrialization policies for local, state and national levels of government.