2011 Mentors

  • Danna Mattas-Applerot
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board at IsCham, the Israel Chamber of Commerce
  • Specialties: Communication skills, conflict resolution, becoming more assertive and effective, managing teams
  • “I have started my career serving as an officer in the Israeli Air-Force for four years.Since then I’ve worked for over a decade in both high-tech and industrial sectors. I joined IsCham during 2009 and I am the Vice-Chairman of the board since then. I’ve relocated my family twice, first to the US and now here in Beijing, for more then five years.”
  • Tracy Driscoll
  • Transformational Coach, Aspire Coaching
  • Specialties: Leadership and management skills, communication skills, training and development skills, professional and personal development coaching skills
  • I have 15 years of professional experience in marketing, PR and communications. I spent 6 years heading up PR and communications at the British Council in China. Following this I headed up a very successful boutique recruitment company in Beijing focused on the advertising industry. During this time I discovered coaching and started studying to be a coach. I left recruitment and started coaching full-time in 2009. I started my own company, Aspire and have been doing a combination of executive coaching, career development coaching and life coaching.”

 

  • Megan Elliot
  • Director at X|Media|Lab
  • Specialties: Cultural, industry, business and political awareness, project management, strategy.
  • Megan Elliott combines first class cultural, industry, business and political awareness. She is widely recognised as one of the most successful and effective leaders of Australian media in industry development, political representation, and advocacy.

 

  • Kitty Fok
  • VP, Greater China Research at IDC
  • Specialties: Cross-cultural communications, adapting to local business culture
  • “In the last 5 years, I learnt in a hard way to understand the impact of different culture between West and East.  Understanding the emerging market dynamic.  I would like to share this experience with anyone who are coming from overseas and hopefully can help them to communicate and understand the local difference.”
 
  • Cecilia Fan
  • Managing Consultant at the Beijing Consulting Group
  • Specialties: Assisting clients bridging different culture, client management,  general management include but not limited to managing staff,  other China knowledge in a business operating environment such as Chinese law, accounting and tax
  • “I have worked in a range of industries, including in TV production, Australian Government Departments and briefly in training. My last 15 years are in business consulting – assisting foreign clients entering China market as well as providing professional services in market due diligence, legal and accounting. I have been a columnist for 7 years for a business magazine focus on business culture.”
 
  • Gail Heck-Sweeney
  • General Manager, Agilent Technologies in Beijing China
  • Specialties: Getting results and building highly functioning teams.  Analytical engineer by training. Skilled communicator.
  • “Experience working internationally in four different countries plus working in the US. I have been primarily in the communications industry, predominantly in wireless test equipment. I have worked in marketing, manufacturing and R&D.”
 
  • Nina Hsu
  • SVP, Partner at LTI Associates
  • Specialties: Building a small business, understanding local business practices, becoming more familiar with the broader business community.
  • I gained some US Government experience at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Seattle before moving to China and working at AmCham China. While at AmCham, I met my business partner and joined LTI. Since then, I have grown into my position as partner and VP.”
 
  • Cindy Jensen
  • Founder, General Manager at BOLDMOVES CHINA
  • Specialties: Strategy Facilitation, Change Management, Developing Performance Management Frameworks, Workshop Design and Facilitation with an emphasis on Leadership Development and Executive Coaching.
  • “I am the founder of BOLDMOVES, boutique consulting firm offering services throughout Asia in the area of Talent Management with an emphasis on Leadership Training, Change Management and Executive Coaching. I love being a mentor. I was fortunate to start my own career with a great Mentor as a role model. She really influenced the direction of my career. Over the years mentoring others has been an important part of my life.”
  • Jelena Kovacevic
  • Guest Relations Manager at REIT, Events Manager at Viva Beijing
  • Specialties: Cross cultural communication, communicating with Chinese team and Chinese managers, clients. Working, and doing business in China, motivating Chinese staff
  • “I came to Beijing in 2004, and have worked for a local service industry company for the past four years, training Chinese staff in western working styes, and intercultural communication.
  • Elisa Mallis
  • Head of Executive Coaching, Management Development Services Ltd.
  • Specialties:  Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Human Capital Strategy, Talent Management 
  • “I am an experienced Executive Coach and Human Capital Consultant with a passion for developing people and their global mindset.  As Head of Executive Coaching at MDS, I lead a team of highly qualified Executive Coaches to deliver world class leadership development and executive coaching solutions.  Prior to MDS, I spent 10 years at Accenture as a Management Consultant, providing consulting and coaching to numerous Accenture Fortune 500 clients across the United States, Europe and Asia.”
  • Danielle Monaghan
  • HR Director North Asia – Greater China, Japan & Korea at Cisco Systems
  • Specialties: Human Resources, Succession Planning and Leadership Development, Staffing, Sourcing, Workforce Planning, Management and Talent Engagement, Organizational Efficiency, Diversity, Executive Recruitment, Techology Utilization.
  • Loretta Myers
  • Credit Analyst, Technip USA at Technip
  • Specialties: Strategy Management; Business and Market Analyst, Credit Analyst, HR Management (focus on Change Management), MBA
  • Loretta Myers has varied professional background having had to reinvent herself and her career several times due to her spouse’s  international transfers.  Her professional background  includes Human Resources; focus organizational change management, and  Strategy Development; market and business analysis.  Loretta has a strong sense of multiculturalism  and a keen appreciation of diversity having lived to in several international locations  (China, USA, Middle East, Asia Pacific & the Subcontinent).  Loretta Myers worked as Human  Resource Manager for Australian Embassy (Development Corporation), Beijing,  prior to moving  to Houston, Texas. 
 
  • Alicia Noel
  • Business Lecturer at China Agricultural University
  • Specialties: Cross-cultural communication, budget management, corporate communication, corporate governance
  • “I moved to Beijing in early 2008 with a varied professional background including investor relations, government financial management and economic and industrial development, then found a job promoting international cooperation between companies in Chinese third tier cities and foreign companies.  Currently I teach business at a Chinese university.”
  • Read more about Alicia’s experience in China in this China Daily interview.
 
  • Maarit Pokkien
  • Senior Director at Novozyme, Corporate Finance & Professional Coach
  • Specialties: Career development
  • With rich and diverse experience in finance, IT, tax and legal, Maarit has held many dynamic executive roles across the globe. She is a passionate leader with deep interest in helping others grow to their full potential, to build self-awareness and to make empowered choices. Maarit believes that coaching style leadership is the key to high performance in every team.
 
  • Emily Roblin
  • Managing Director at LEAP Training and Consulting Services China, President Viva Professional Women’s Network
  • Specialties: professional development in communication skills such as expressing confidence, how to be assertive; building a brand in China, developing a personal brand; understanding the training & consulting industry locally;building a strong network
  • “I am an enthusiastic corporate trainer and facilitator passionate about improving global communication and empowering professionals in lifelong learning. In my five years in China, I’ve founded a company and built up a brand that continues to grow quickly. I’ll be a good fit for you if you’re exploring  how to put your passion into high gear, looking to identify and build on your strengths, or in learning how to expand your network.”
 
  • Christiane Roll (Skype only)
  • Director of Global Business at Edanz Group Japan
  • Specialties: How to advance as a woman in a company,  how to make the most out of networking within your company,  managing people (empowerment, making difficult decisions regarding functioning of employees, making employees redundant, giving feedback), operations management and growing profits.
  • I have worked for 8 years in management functions, and since 2011 I work at a strategic level in a company. I have worked as a manager in operational as well as business/commercial units, and have managed people directly and indirectly (via teamleaders).”

  • Bridget Rooth
  • CEO of English Trackers
  • Specialties: setting up a company in China, building a brand on a budget, using networks to leverage a brand and building a client base.
  • “I’m a translator, conference interpreter and lover of language. If I had to describe myself, I would say I’m an ‘international mongrel’ with three mini mongrels who are trilingual and yet have never lived in their patria. I love living in international environments and am passionate about languages, which is why I set up a  a translation and English editing agency in 2008.”

  • Stephanie Tebow
  • President of Global Academy of Training and Exchange
  • Bio forthcoming.
  • Jennifer Thome
  • Managing Editor of Agenda Magazine, Vice-President of Viva Beijing
  • Specialities: Developing an online and print identity, deep web research, project management, organization
  • “Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that words are powerful, and I hope I can help a couple Viva members discover the voice and teach them how to use their writing in the most effective and meaningful way.”