Ted oversees the development of Aperian Global’s online learning tools such as GlobeSmart, the reference tool on how to do business effectively around the globe. He has also been instrumental in the creation of Aperian Global’s online Assessment tools as well as Learning Paths used by many of Aperian Global’s clients. Ted was born and raised in Japan, where he spent the first 20 years of his life. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and his Master of Arts from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, where he formerly taught as an adjunct professor.
Ernest Gundling, Ph.D.
Ernest Gundling, Ph.D.
Co-founder & Managing Partner
Oakland, CA USA
Dr. Gundling assists clients in developing strategic global approaches to leadership, organization development, and relationships with key business partners. He coaches executives with global responsibilities and works with multicultural management teams to help them formulate business plans based upon strong mutual understanding and a joint commitment to execution. He has lived and traveled extensively in Asia and Europe, including six years in Japan and a year in Germany. He is currently a Lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gundling holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.
Senior Leadership Team
Managing Director, Global Learning Solutions
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Michael is Aperian Global’s Managing Director, Global Learning Solutions. He joined the company in 2010 in a global account management capacity, partnering with strategic clients in support of their cross-border, global talent challenges. He is now responsible for driving the solutions strategy that enables the organization’s global client base to work effectively across boundaries. Michael has lived and worked abroad and has extensive cross-cultural experience managing a portfolio of strategic partners in both the private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Aperian Global, Michael was the Director of Operations and a member of the executive team that founded Global Experiences, Inc., an international education exchange company. He holds an M.B.A. in Global Strategy from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Michael is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy and is bilingual in English/Italian.
Managing Director, Customized Learning Solutions
Simone-Eva is Aperian Global’s polyglot Practice Group Leader for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She has held senior operational and marketing positions with multinationals around the world, such as: Citi, Disney and Lufthansa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas, coursework from the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany, and a Master of Business Administration/Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Simone-Eva oversees the leadership development process (design, facilitation) of learning sessions worldwide: from coaching senior executives to developing a global mindset, to accompanying board teams to lead complex, matrixed multinational teams with agility. Simone-Eva is also a Business Coach. A trilingual (English, French and German) nomad, she grew up in five countries (Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, USA), and has worked in the USA, Germany, Senegal, Saint Lucia, Mexico and France.
Global Director - Client Relations & Market Development
Chicago, IL USA
Jesse leads the global sales team at Aperian Global in support of our client relationships and new business development. He has been with the company since 2007 when he joined in a client strategy capacity. Having worked prior at IBM, Harbinger Corporation and Lowendal Masai, the last 16 years his career has focused on cross-border business development and account management. In addition to living in parts of South America, he has worked across the globe in support of market development needs. Jesse has a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration in International Marketing from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Torben oversees the company’s financial activities. He has been with the company since 2006 when he joined to oversee the European, Middle East and Africa financial activities. Prior to Aperian Global, Torben served as a financial manager of Mondo’s web site services and managed hosting business. He has also previously held international headquarter positions at Kompan, a worldwide leader in selling outdoor playgrounds, and Munksgaard, a Denmark-based publishing company. Torben began his career in the audit practice at PwC and has more than 20 years of finance, business strategy, and general management experience.
Directors of Consulting
Director of Consulting, North America
Lisa delivers a wide array of organizational development, coaching and training services, with a special emphasis on the performance and alignment of global and virtual teams, as well as global leadership and change management. She brings extensive global teams experience to her consulting work, having previously managed global Sales & Public Relations teams while working for the Institute for International Research (IIR) and Ketchum Public Relations during five years living in Singapore. Lisa also managed Human Resources at two diverse non-profit organizations, where her focus was on diversity in recruitment and talent development, and she led multicultural teams worldwide for an intercultural exchange organization early in her career. She holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies with an Organizational Development focus from Lesley University in Boston, Massachusetts. Lisa is certified in MBTI and PROSCI Change Management, she is a certified coach from Newfield Network in Colorado, and she is well-versed on the suite of Aperian Global assessments and online learning tools used in delivering real-time individual and group coaching on global business effectiveness.
Director of Consulting, Japan
Tokyo, Japan | Oakland, CA USA
Keiko Sakurai has expertise in team-building, change management, diversity and leadership development for multi-national companies. Before joining Aperian Global, Keiko served as a CPA for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she led audit teams for financial audits and internal control assessments of global clients. Keiko holds a MBA from the Haas School of Business from the University of California, Berkeley, with a certificate in Global Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Hitotsubashi University in Japan, where she graduated with top honors. Keiko also completed the coaching and leadership courses at the Coaches Training Institute in California. Keiko is a CPA, a certified MBTI user, and NLP practitioner. Keiko is a Japanese native born in Tokyo, and lived in Thailand and Germany in her childhood. She is bilingual in Japanese and English.
Director of Consulting, EMEA
Morten has over 17 years of experience as a consultant, trainer, executive coach and facilitator throughout the intercultural and global leadership fields. Morten provides global and cross cultural training, virtual teaming skill development, change leadership and leadership competencies development, executive coaching, team effectiveness and strategy implementation workshops for senior leadership teams. Additionally, he is experienced in the design and delivery of leadership pipeline assessments and development centers. Prior to joining Aperian Global, Morten was a long time internal senior organizational leadership consultant with IBM, a top Fortune 100 company. He is currently also an External Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School. Morten holds a Master’s of Business Administration focused on International Enterprise from the Open University Business School in the UK, a Master of Arts in Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Aarhus University, Denmark. Additionally, Morten is certified in Hogan HPI and HDS Personality Surveys, MBTI, and a suite of Hay Group (Boston) instruments: Organization Climate, Leadership Styles, Motives (McClelland), and Top Team Interventions.
Director of Consulting, EMEA
Stine is responsible for designing and delivering Global Talent Development solutions for major Global 500 clients in the EMEA region. She is an experienced consultant, facilitator, and coach and drives learning solutions on Global Leadership, cross-cultural management, intercultural communication, diversity and Inclusion. She brings in her expertise on distance leadership and virtual collaboration as an important part of global organizational development and writes articles and papers on this topic. Prior to joining Aperian Global, Stine ran her own consulting company where she drove large organizational change projects and developed high-performance team processes, and leadership programs addressing global growth. Stine was formerly an Adjunct at Roskilde University Denmark and holds a Master’s of Cultural Encounters and Sociology. She is IDI and CI certified and has taken a coaching management certification. Stine has lived and worked in France, Germany, Israel, Sweden, and New York City in the United States but is currently located in Copenhagen.
Director of Consulting, APAC
Janet has significant talent management field experience across China, the United States, and Asia, with particular focus on talent acquisition, talent deployment, and leadership development. She has worked with senior leadership teams in global companies like Apple (China) to design talent management plans that match individual needs with business goals, and with small start-ups like WorkWise (New York City) and Broad-Minded Business (Tokyo) to build and bring to market unique and local-relevant service offerings. Previously as a member of Korn Ferry’s Leadership and Talent Consulting team, Janet developed the leadership assessment and coaching service offerings, covering projects for multi-national companies and Chinese enterprises on individual and team assessments, high potential identification and development, and competency modelling. Janet has also served in field HR roles in Singapore, Chicago, and New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and is certified in MBTI, NLP, Situational Leadership II as well as several Lominger Leadership Architecture Suite offerings: Learning Agility, CHOICES, and Interview Architect. She is also a certified coach through IECL in Australia.
Director of Consulting and Business Development, APAC
With a hybrid role as Director of Consulting & Business Development, APAC, Peter is part of Aperian Global’s market-facing team in China. Peter is responsible for designing and delivering organizational development, training and coaching solutions for major Global 500 clients, as well as expanding the firm’s presence with multinationals in the region. Peter brings with him over 20 years of global experience in general management, business development, professional services and consulting. Prior to joining Aperian Global, he was the SVP for Business Development and Managing Director at Speakeasy, a communication consulting firm in San Francisco. He has also worked in financial consulting, apparel, and hospitality industries. Peter has lived as an expatriate for nearly his whole life. Swedish by nationality (also with a U.S. passport), Peter completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management with a focus on Human Resources at Cornell University and also holds a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from Texas A&M-Commerce. He has previously lived and worked in Brussels, Paris, New York, Dallas, Hong Kong and San Francisco prior to his recent return to Shanghai, China.
Ekaterina von Gertten
Ekaterina von Gertten
Director of Consulting, EMEA
Ekaterina is responsible for designing and delivering Global Talent development solutions for major Global 500 clients in areas such as Teaming Effectiveness, Global Leadership Development, Global Mindset Development, and Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to joining Aperian Global, Ekaterina was as a Senior Consultant for Richard Lewis Communications, identifying & implementing customized client solutions for a diverse portfolio of clients. She’s also been a soloist in a number of opera productions, concerts and festivals around Europe. Ekaterina has dual citizenship of Sweden and Belarus and holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Opera singing. She has also previously been a lecturer at Belarusian State University and has lived and worked in Belarus, Austria, the U.S., the United Kingdom and Japan. Ekaterina is well-versed in various existing cross-cultural & communication models, assessments and online learning tools. She is currently a motivational speaker with the Athenas Speakers Bureau in Sweden.
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