Mark M. Whelan FRSA

After a near death experience in Australia with a Box Jellyfish, I realised that my purpose in life was to be a collaborative, passionate, positive author and leader driven to build impact oriented projects and inspire and empower others through techniques that champions #neuroscience and #datascience. I am the Founder and Chief Education Officer of Human Centered Leaders and a Co-Founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative Human Centered.
I have recently hosted workshops at Stanford and U.K.T.I. initiatives which were attended by C-suite from J.P. Morgan, Stanford University, Kissinger Associates, Apple et al. I have even hosted senior members of the UK Cabinet, along with coaching clients from Fortune 100 companies based in Silicon Valley and even royalty. I have found living in five different cultures (London, Rome, NY, Sydney, LA, Frankfurt, and Palo Alto) has played an important role in my education and along with a life threatening event that involved the world’s most poisonous creature.

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My Philosophy

My philosophy is based on the inter-connectedness of human condition in commercial, economic, and politics endeavours and the significance of honest and empathetic communication and the courage to face and deal with:

  • The Persistence of Predatory Behaviour, by “Beware of false profits/prophets”.
  • The Interconnectedness of Cause and Effect in Our actions on the world around us: “Each second is a note in the symphony of your life”.
  • The important to create and design new habits: “Sweep away cliche like the autumn leaves”.
  • The Value of inter-connectedness in our identities: “In harmony we speak with one voice”.
  • The tenet that at one point an individual, group or community can gain insight into their habitual action and choose to create a new future expressed in the maxim: “Resolve to evolve”.

WHO INSPIRES ME

Optimists

DIDA CONNOR

Dida Connor is a communications expert who has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), WHO, UN Women, the Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Programme (AusAID), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, CARE International, Operation Smile and the WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network (Oxford University). Dida is based in London and Switzerland.

ROBERT CUSICK

ROBERT CUSICK trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is a Certified Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Instructor and teaches at Stanford University and in multiple other venues. He studied in the Soto Zen tradition while in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and in the Dedicated Practioner’s Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Jack Kornfield and others.

As a long time meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 – 2012. Before leaving for Burma, he participated in the second Buddhist Chaplaincy training offered through the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. Upon returning to the U.S., he served as the Retreats Program Manager, at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He additionally trained with Frank Ostaseski and served for several years as a volunteer caregiver at the Zen Hospice Project ‘Guesthouse’ in San Francisco. Robert currently serves as an Educational Training Consultant to Kara in Palo Alto, CA where he provides 1:1 bereavement support and grief counseling for adults and children and teaches and co-facilitates trainings for Kara’s Adult, Youth & Family, and Community Outreach programs. Robert sits on the Board of Directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

Activators

DAPHNE CHENG

Chef Daphne Cheng is one of the most highly sought after plant-based chefs in the world with clients including Stella McCartney, Jessie J, Chris Hemsworth, MIA, Vera Wang, Moby, and numerous top Chinese stars.
Daphne has been featured in Forbes, Vogue, SELF, WSJ, Eater, Well+Good, HK Economic Times, and more.

Her venture Superhuman is building an O2O sustainable lifestyle platform. Daphne and Mark have partnered together on the global leadership initiative “Beauty will Save the World”
Daphne is based in Shanghai and Los Angeles.

SABINIJIE VON GAFKE

Sabinije von Gaffke moderates and facilitates a variety of large, global events, conferences, symposiums and summits within Tech, Leadership, Innovation, ICT, Media, Entertainment, Digital Health to TEDX Talks.

Consultant, strategic advisor and board member of a variety of impact initiatives, startups and investments.
A spokesperson and moderator for WIT – Women in Tech Stockholm, the largest tech conference in the Nordics.
On the leadership council board of leading NGO Vital Voices (founded by Hilary Clinton and Madeleince Albright) and Reach For Change impact venture: BRIDGIT.
About to board an impact female tech fund in Q4 2019.

Prior assignments on stage include: Brilliant Minds Symposium, Nordic Business Forum, Women in IT New York, Women in Tech, ICT Spring Europe, ICE Vox, TEDx, Asteroid Day, Super Content Marketing Conference, SKF ‘Let’s Talk, VideoMecca, SIME Social Impact, Stockholm International Film Festival, The Swedish Mobile Awards etc.

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