Our Director, John Yeo (CA)

Our Director, John Yeo (CA)

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia. Accredited Trainer in Global DISC™

John’s background and 12 year career in the audit & advisory business of KPMG Australia and China, as well as his experience in leading teams in the community, has given him insight into both corporate culture, as well as leading effective teams, and over the past 6 years with iConnect, has been helping individuals and workplace teams realise their full potential through consulting, training and coaching.

John has led multiple teams, including inter-cultural teams comprised of people from many countries, including Australia, USA, UK, India and China.  Having lived and worked in China for over 8 years, he also understands what it is like to be of a Western educational and work background and not just learn to adapt but to engage and thrive in the Chinese work environment.  Taking time off from work to intentionally study Chinese language and culture has also equipped him to further understand the Chinese mind-set and know how best to inspire and motivate his team.

Jon Holsclaw, Leadership Consultant

Jon Holsclaw, Leadership Consultant

Accredited trainer in Global DISC™

Jon is from California, USA, where he attended university (Santa Barbara) and graduate school (San Diego). Jon has lived in China since 2005, and taught International Relations at Renmin University.

From 2011 to 2018 his focus was on training leaders as Director of Leadership Challenge and later the LC Training Center.  His philosophy on training leaders and their teams is to journey alongside, helping them evaluate the situation, ask the important questions, empowering them to find solutions by looking at their individual and team strengths.

Bec Yeo, Communications & Design Consultant

Bec Yeo, Communications & Design Consultant

Bec was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, graduating with Honors in Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. She has taught at Central University of Finance & Economics and Beijing Jiaotong University and China Medical Tribune. Currently her focus is developing new networks, communications & media and project coordination, including web development, graphics, and video projects.

In a busy world full of information, her philosophy on communications is to ask what exactly it is her audience is looking for, and concisely  and exactly reaching that need (without compromising on style, of course!).

Elaine Wang, Client Services

Li An, Sales Consultant

Our Board of Advisors

Dr Michael Barbalas, Executive Consultant

Dr Michael Barbalas, Executive Consultant

Dr Michael Barbalas is from the USA and is a China-based speaker and consultant. With over 25 years of management experience in China, in companies including Goodrich and UTC Aerospace Systems, and as President of the American Chamber of Commerce from 2006-2010, Michael brings a wealth of US-China business expertise. He holds a B.S degree in Chemistry from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University, and reads and speaks fluently in Chinese.

He is a frequent speaker in both the USA and China on US-China investment and business, and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

Shireen Chua (MSc, MBA), Third Culture Solutions

Shireen Chua (MSc, MBA), Third Culture Solutions

Shireen Chua, founder and Director of Third Culture Solutions, a New Zealand-based company called Third Culture Solutions, offering is consultation, coaching and workshops in the increasingly important area of diversity and inclusion and a valued advisor to iConnect Corporate Solutions.

Shireen is a Malaysian-Chinese New Zealander, with personal and work experience in the area of crossing cultures, including study in the area of Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Competence of individuals and organizations. She has spent 15 years working in culturally diverse settings in New Zealand, from project management in IT and university to managing diverse teams.

She completed her MBA from Southern Cross University, with her research project focusing on “Culture Matters: How NZ Organisations develop Intercultural Competency”. Shireen is certified by the Cultural Intelligence Center as a CQ Trainer (Advanced) in 2016 and has completed her Professional Coaching accreditation through ICF.

Dr Byron Lee, CEIBS

Dr Byron Lee, CEIBS

Dr. Byron Y. Lee is Assistant Professor of Management at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from University of Toronto. Prior to joining CEIBS, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Business and also the International MBA Academic Director at Renmin University of China.

Dr. Lee has given keynote speeches in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, China and Switzerland and at the Asian Talent Management Conference to HR executives in Hong Kong. He has also consulted for the government of Canada and Hydro One and has provided corporate training to multi-national companies such as L’Oreal, Johnson Mathey, Perfetti van Melle, Bank of Communications and Taiping Life. He has also taught in the Global CEO program organized by CEIBS/Wharton/IESE. We are honored to have him as a valued advisor to the iConnect Corporate Solutions team.

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