Media Biographies

Michael Chavez, CEO

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Michael became Chief Executive Officer for Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE) on July 1, 2016.  For over a decade, Michael has led Duke CE in various roles ─ most recently heading its European operations in London, and before that in the Western U.S.  Michael’s focus is in helping clients around the world to connect strategy and leadership. He advises and teaches in leadership and culture, organizational networks, team collaboration, strategy and execution. He is passionate about the need for purpose in organizations.

Notable Thought Leadership

How Executive Education is Embracing Diversity, CLO Magazine feature, March 2016

Re-humanising Leadership, article contribution for Dialogue Magazine, September 2016

The delivery man: new Duke CE chief executive speaks to Dialogue, interview in Dialogue Magazine, September 2016

Wall Street Journal Business Debate Interview, June 2016

Chapter Eighteen: Embedding a network perspective into leadership, Organizational Networking Fieldbook, Jossey Bass, 2010. 

Topical Expertise for Media Interviews and Speaking

Based on 20+ years of experience in the fields of executive management, marketing, strategy consulting, and organizational learning and development, Michael has unique perspectives to share on the following:

Contact and Social Media

Email: Michael.Chavez@dukece.com (CC Duke CE’s media relations contact Christine Robers when reaching out to Michael. Her email is christine.robers@dukece.com.)

Social Media: LinkedIn

 

Sharmla Chetty, Global Head of Europe and Africa 

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Sharmla Chetty is the Global Head of Europe and Africa for Duke Corporate Education and serves on the board for Duke CE Africa.  She leads the client relationship management, advisory work, and the building of client organizations’ strategic capacity and capabilities.  She has experience working in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, and mining and in various regions, including Africa, China, Europe and India.

Prior to joining Duke CE, Sharmla was the head of Human Capital Development at Nedbank.  Sharmla is the recipient of the 2016 Award for Entrepreneurial and Academic Excellence on the African continent. Sharmla is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  Sharmla is passionate about developing the capability of women and of African talent.

Notable thought leadership

Female Leadership in our Time, European Business Review, March 2016.

CNBC Interview: Invest AfricaHow will SA sustain investments as it faces economic headwinds

Generation Z and the War for TalentDialogue, 5 January 2016

Winning Women – Sharmla ChettyCreating Leaders in Africa, September 2014 – News 24.   Read More

Leadership Perspectives from the Front Line,  Book chapter on Sensemaking, Perceiving and Choreography

Topical Expertise for Media Interviews and Speaking

Based on 20 plus years of experience in the field of human capital development, both as a leader in banking and through her work in founding and growing Duke CE exponentially in South Africa, Sharmla brings expertise in:

 Contact and Social Media

Email: Sharmla.Chetty@dukece.com (CC Duke CE’s media relations contact Christine Robers when reaching out to Michael. Her email is christine.robers@dukece.com.)

Social Media: LinkedIn

 

Tony O’Driscoll, Global Head of Strategic Leadership Solutions

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Tony O’Driscoll heads Strategic Leadership Solutions for Duke CE leading global development of solutions focused on getting leaders ready for what’s next. Prior to joining Duke CE, Tony served on the Faculty of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. He has held several leadership positions with Nortel Networks and IBM, and was a founding member of IBM Global Service’s Strategy and Change consulting practice.

Tony has spent the bulk of his professional and academic career at the nexus of Business, Innovation, Technology and Learning, creating and implementing strategies that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their most valuable asset: Talented and Creative People.He holds an Ed.D. in Organization Learning, an M.S. in Management from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering is from Virginia Tech.

Topical Expertise for Media Interviews and Speaking

Tony has unique perspectives to share on the following areas:

 Notable Thought Leadership

His book Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration (Wiley, 2010), examines the impact of the emerging immersive Internet on human capital strategy and practice.  Tony also wrote Achieving Desired Business Performance (Intl Society for Performance Improvement, 1999), exploring the discipline of Human Performance Technology and how it can be integrated with Organization Design and Training and Development to create a more comprehensive and effective approach to building organization capability.

Tony writes a regular column for Training Magazine, focusing on identifying and implementing next-generation learning strategies and approaches that accelerate the development of Leadership Sense-Abilities.

Contact and Social Media

Email: Tony.O’Driscoll@dukece.com (CC Duke CE’s media relations contact Christine Robers when reaching out to Tony. Her email is christine.robers@dukece.com.)

Social Media: LinkedIn

@wadatripp (Twitter)

 

Cheryl Stokes, Regional Managing Director Europe

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Cheryl Stokes serves as Duke CE’s Regional Managing Director for Europe. Based in London, Cheryl works with leaders to address personal and professional challenges, and help businesses develop the organizational capabilities needed to execute strategies. She is able to provide media with perspectives about developing innovative learning experiences that prepare leaders to survive and thrive in an uncertain world.

Notable Thought Leadership

Master-class: Engaging & Enhancing Performance in an Uncertain World, International Corporate Research Forum Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, October 2016.

Developing High Potentials, Human Resource Planning Society Workshop, Atlanta, GA USA, February 2013.

Beyond the Sage on the Stage, CLO Magazine feature, June 2011.

Wrote chapter “The Learning Leader as Partner” for the book the New Face of Leadership, 2002.

Topical Expertise for Media Interviews and Speaking

Based on over 20+ years of experience in the fields of executive leadership, teaching and coaching, Cheryl can share her expertise in the following areas:

Contact and Social Media
Tel: +44 207 936 6133

Email: cheryl.stokes@dukece.com (CC Duke CE’s media relations contact Christine Robers when reaching out to Cheryl.  Her email is christine.robers@dukece.com.)

Social Media:

LinkedIn

@CherylDStokes (Twitter)

 

John A. Davis, Regional Managing Director-Asia

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John-DavisJohn leads Duke CE’s Asia region.  He designs and delivers custom programs for clients across Asia. His client work has encompassed brand, marketing and customer strategy; leadership development; innovation; organizational networks; and design thinking. Prior to joining Duke CE, he was a dean at the SP Jain School of Global Management, and before that led global marketing groups at Nike, Transamerica and Informix, and founded two award-winning companies. John researches dozens of top companies each year in his published work and keynote addresses. His extensive experience in business, academia and publishing give him a unique perspective on the factors required for creating value and sustainable business success.

Notable Thought Leadership
He is a best selling author of nine books and numerous articles on business excellence. His latest book, co-authored with Mark Farrell, is entitled The Market Oriented University (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016). He has also contributed a number of book chapters, practitioner articles and refereed journal articles. Learn more about his academic work at the following link.

John has spoken at conferences worldwide – including TEDx, Global Brand Forum and World Knowledge Forum – and has been interviewed by the likes of BBC TV, ChannelNewsAsia, CNBC, NPR, ABC, Bloomberg and The New York Times, among others. Here is a snapshot of some of the coverage:

Topical Expertise for Media Interviews and Speaking

Among the topics he can address are:

Contact and Social Media
Tel: +65 6701 5307

Email: john.davis@dukece.com (CC Duke CE’s media relations contact Christine Robers when reaching out to John. Her email is christine.robers@dukece.com.)

Social Media:

LinkedIn

@1johndavis (Twitter)