Founder and Mentor
In his 40 years of experience working in Asia with multinational and family-run companies, he has created the Asian Leadership Institute’s unique core competence in mindfulness-based leadership transformation. He has coached hundreds of senior corporate executives and has worked with a wide variety of corporate and governmental institutions to design and implement strategies for organizational and personal change. Recently, he has worked with large Asian family-run businesses, where family dynamics play a new and challenging role. His success derives from his practical awareness, his extensive experience with business, and the wise, intuitive counsel he provides to his clients
Brian is instrumental in developing the mindfulness method of personal transformation. He received his training in mindfulness during his five years as a monk in Thailand and Tibet. He uses this unusual experience in a practical, yet provocative way that directly applies to business. He is a professional psychotherapist who earned a post graduate fellowship in Psychoanalysis from the prestigious Menninger Foundation in the United States. He also held faculty positions at major universities in the United States and Australia. He continues a lifelong tradition of social work.
John has been affiliated with the Asian Leadership Institute for 7 years. An American, born in France, raised for a year in Africa and having lived in many financial capitals of Asia, John considers himself a citizen of the world, though uniquely based in Asian culture. He understands operating in highly stressful environments, having spent 15 years on the hectic trading floors of two of the world’s largest investment banks (Chase Manhattan Bank and BNP Paribas), while also starting a hedge fund. After successfully helping to navigate his firms through the many financial crises since the 1990’s, he decided to commit himself to a calmer, more conscious existence.
John works with all types of individuals, but his expertise is in mindfulness and trading; coaching traders at hedge funds and investment banks how to optimize profitability while maintaining a balanced quality of life. If a trader can learn to address the limitations of personality while learning to regulate the biological emotions of fear and
greed, then they can begin to analyze the market with true clarity, expansiveness, and increased intuition.
He has two master degrees of business, speaks Japanese fluently, and is a 3rd degree black belt in Japanese karate. A regular meditator and yoga practitioner, he has completed several long-term meditation retreats in Thailand. John still trades a portfolio for himself and others, where he practices mindfulness in trading every day.
SienaDune brings clarity and insight gained from twenty five years in senior roles in private enterprise across SE Asia in financial services, publishing and education and training sectors.
A life-long student of self mastery, SienaDune’s holistic leadership work is best described as an ongoing process of self discovery, integration and transformation. Bringing to light largely unconscious patterns of thought and behavior, she ensures her clients develop mindful awareness and a knowing which goes beyond thinking, enabling them to make the best decisions to move themselves and their organizations forward.
Well versed in a variety of training and change management disciplines, SienaDune holds a Masters in Social Science (Counseling) from the University of South Australia, teaching diplomas from the London Guild Hall School of Music & Drama and accreditation in change management, life skills, creative expression and anger management. Her early Masters degree in Land Economy from Cambridge University underpins her understanding of corporate needs. In addition SienaDune has devoted
many years to advancing her knowledge and experience in neuroscience and psychology. She has a passion for integrating business, life and the larger communities in which we operate. She is a Certified Civil Celebrant and volunteers at a Children’s Hospice, Life Circle and within the Tibetan community in Australia.
Gaston is an executive coach at the Asian Leadership Institute with over eight years of experience in entrepreneurship, coaching and designing training programs across sectors and cultures. His work and client base spans the entire range from coaching communities amidst conditions of extreme poverty in Papua New Guinea and the DR-Congo to the advising of executives in the developed world.
His professional experience includes marketing for Unilever in Mozambique, consulting entrepreneurs in South-East Europe and designing large-scale development programs for the United Nations and governments in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Employing a coaching style inspired by mindfulness, conscious communication and neuroscience, Gaston creates an environment of trust and authenticity for his clients. He allows clients to expand their perspective, see blind spots and connect with their higher purpose. He is known for encouraging people to recognize their strengths in developing and sustaining a personal practice. His working experience in over 15 countries allows him to listen deeply without judgments and to propose valuable new perspectives.
Gaston holds master degrees in International Business and Development Studies from respectively Maastricht University and Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French. Since 2008 Gaston is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand while traveling occasionally to consult the UN in his favorite country: DR-Congo. He is an advocate for conscious capitalism, enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering, leads a weekly meditation group and has a daily yoga practice.
Jaidip combines his in-depth understanding of the corporate world with a mindfulness based approach to leadership transformation. Jaidip spent 20 years in the structured and secure environment of banking traversing the diverse cultures of London, Hong Kong and Singapore. As an investment banker (UBS and HSBC) his expertise covered mergers & acquisitions, strategic advisory, principal investment and capital raising in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. While achieving success in his professional life, Jaidip realised that he wanted to do more and broaden his perspective. After a process of introspection, he decided to close the chapter on a successful banking career.
After leaving banking, he found himself still working with people and organisations but now in a very different capacity. Jaidip found it fulfilling to connect with people and work with them to become more aware of themselves, equip them to make better decisions and enhance their relationships. Jaidip apprenticed with Brian and is an executive coach at ALI.
Jaidip began to realise that this new approach of relating to people created an incredible competitive advantage. He knew this would be valuable especially in the corporate world. He also recognised that you would not need to leave the corporate environment to practice this kind of transformation. His approach is both challenging and nurturing designed around what the client needs rather than any particular process. Jaidip coaches clients to access their intuition and gain clarity which aligns their actions with their core values, enabling them to lead happier and more productive lives. His clients find him “pragmatic, open, non judgmental and real”.
He has an MBA from Insead, France, graduating with distinction and he completed his B Com (Hons) from SRCC, Delhi University. Jaidip is a passionate student of Vedanta practicing living a holistic and whole hearted life. One of his greatest joys is dancing with his children.
Julia Gabriel has been an educator, communicator, writer, speaker and trainer since 1982 when she opened a small teaching studio at home. Over the following three decades Julia taught, researched and studied communication and learning while developing the Julia Gabriel Group of companies in Asia, incorporating schools and communication centers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and China.
She has a Masters in Education (MEd) from University of South Australia & teaching diplomas from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (LGSM), in London, & the London College of Music (LLCMTD).
In 1993, the Lord Mayor of London awarded Julia fellowship of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, on behalf of the Corporation of London, for her services to communication and drama in Singapore. Today, Julia’s primary interest and field of study is coaching leadership and education management in the development of intuition and team building through the practice of mindfulness.
Michael Bartura has been involved in lifestyle education, health & wellness promotion and organisational development since 1986. With close to 20 years of management experience in four continents he brings to the table a well-refined cross-cultural team building capacity and a managerial acumen amassed in both Non-Profit and business contexts. He has extensive experience in Mindfulness practices and delivers insightful and engaging group work through nondenominational science-based methodologies.
In earlier years, Michael worked as a therapist and a trainer in clinics and centres in Australia, UK, the US and Canada. Later, he undertook senior managerial roles in international businesses and charities. In his last role, as a manager for the East West Learning Centre in Singapore he focused on designing platforms to deliver an integrated Mind-Body approach to leadership education.
Besides a variety of certificates and diplomas in holistic therapies, Michael holds a Masters in Management form Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He is a passionate and skilful coach and has been training with the Asian leadership Institute for over 10 years.
Adil handles financial management, adminstration and the business aspects of the Asian Leadership Institute. As Executive Director four the last four years, he focuses on the business side and brings that expertise to other organisations and family-run businesses.
For 35 years Adil has been partner of a family-owned firm based in Mumbai, India with branches at several strategic ports in India & multi-national links. Established in 1905, A.S. Moloobhoy and Sons provides equipment and services to the marine & offshore industry, specializing in safety and electronics for navigation and communication. The firm has grown consistently during his tenure and is active not only throughout India but in over 20 countries around the world.
Adil is well aware of the challenges of growing a family run business as the fourth generation of Moloobhoys currently integrate into the firm. Adil frequently escapes Mumbai to come to retreat center in Chiang Mai where he continues his mindfulness practice.
Phanthip Jang Bauerle
“Jang” designed and built the retreat facilities in Chiang Mai. As Managing Director, Jang manages the physical and emotional needs of our community. She is the nurturing soul of Suanthip and brings that quality to all of her client engagements. She also develops the health and wellness components of the retreat and is responsible for the wholesome lifestyle part of the programs, including all of its vegetarian and organic meals. She directs the spa and is a certified yoga instructor who teaches her own unique style of “Yin” yoga, an important part of every retreat. She is a graduate of Bangkok University.
Jang is also the Founder of “Mekhala, Wholesome Natural Living.” http://www.mekhalaliving.com. Mekhala’s food and spa products are sold around Asia and used extensively at our retreat centers.