Advisory Board

Members of the WIAL Advisory Board include internationally recognized thought leaders and proponents of Action Learning.


  1. Michael Marquardt, Chair, USA
  • Co-Founder of WIAL
  • Author of 25 books and over 100 articles/chapters on action learning, team development, and global leadership
  • Professor Emeritus, George Washington University
  • Senior advisor to numerous Global 100 corporations and national governments


  1. Charles Bark (China)
  • Founder/CEO, Hinounou (AI Preventative Ehealth Home Senior&Chronic Care)
  • Member, Columbia University Talent Development Advisory Board
  • HEC (France) Lecturer in Innovation and Change
  • Board Member, LID Publishing Company
  • Past CEO of ChinPass Learning


  1. Mary Kay Vona (USA)
  • Principal, Ernst & Young, People Advisory Services
  • Past Executive Vice-President, Aon Consulting
  • Past Partner, Global Learning, IBM/Price Waterhouse
  • Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University in Consultation/Leadership


  1. Neville Pritchard (UK)
  • CEO of HR In Flow
  • Senior executive positions in Barclays Bank, Abbey, and Legal and General
  • Consultant to Ernst & Young, JT Global, Bolore, Thomson Reuters, Credit Agricole, UK National Audit and Weight Watchers International
  • Chair of 2015 ASTD Global Conference
  • Developed curriculum for Advance Diploma in Learning Management


  1. Luciana Rabay (Brazil)
  • CEO of Braziliant, which has provided marketing and business consultation to large corporations and small businesses throughout Brazil and in Europe and the US
  • Past Marketing Manager, Tridion
  • Professor, ICSP University


  1. Nigel Cumberland (UK)
  • Founder/CEO of Silk Road Partnership; provides executive coaching; offices in London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangalore, Shanghai and Hong Kong
  • Author of several best-selling books including “100 Things that Successful People Do” which has been published in 20 languages
  • Executive Coach, World Food Program and World Bank
  • Member, European Mentoring and Coaching Council


  1. Terence Quek (Singapore)
  • CEO, Emergenetics Asia Pacific (received WIAL Innovation Award) and Master Trainer, Emergenetics
  • ATD Expert Coach and ATD Master Performance Consultant
  • Director, Caelan & Sage and Thinking Designs
  • Founding Member and Director, Project Happy Feet, which has raised more than $1million for education of underprivileged children In Asia


  1. Regina Comparo (Brazil)
  • CEO, Across, which provides consultation to large Brazilian and global companies such as Avon, Citibank, Sanofi, Novartis, Whirlpool, and Mosaic
  • Past manager for 12 years with DuPont
  • Represent US companies in Brazil such as Korn Ferry and Kirkpatrick
  • Recommended by WIAL-Brazil; will be presenting at 2019 WIAL Conference


  1. Nick Hixson (UK)
  • CEO, (38 years) Hixson Business Consultants, which provides strategic planning and business growth as well as auditing, accounting services to many UK businesses
  • Member, Peter Drucker Global Forum
  • Past Executive –Southern Quality Services, Starspire Limited, and Smith & Williamson


  1. Magdalene Mook (Poland-USA)
  • CEO and Executive Director of International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Vice-President of American Association of Business Executives
  • Past Director of Council of US State Governments
  • Graduate of Warsaw School of Economics and Copenhagen Business School


  1. Mohammed El-Amadi (Qatar)
  • CEO of Assad Holdings with businesses in London, Paris, US, and through Middle East
  • Chairperson of numerous organizations in Qatar, UK and USA
  • 26 years of experience in finance, education, and management consulting
  • Doctoral degree in human and organizational learning, George Washington University
  1. John Bright Kobla Aheto (Ghana)
  • Professor at several universities in US and Ghana for past 50 years
  • Advisor, Board Member and/or Chairman of Ghana Broadcasting System, First Bank Financial Services, Majorie Hotel Ltd., Volta Fund, and Ghana Small and Medium Enterprises Network
  • Author of over 50 articles and training manuals on finance and leadership


  1. Kimo Kippen (USA)
  • Past Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for Hilton International Hotels and Marriott
  • Names CLO of Year in 2018 by CLO Magazine
  • Past Vice-President Renaissance Hotels and Resorts
  • Past Chair of Board of Directors of American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)