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Dr. Monica Sharma

Initially trained as a physician and epidemiologist, Monica worked for the United Nations for 22 years in Leadership and Capacity Building. She has published and presented over 250 articles in journals and international forums and currently engages worldwide as an international expert and practitioner on leadership development for sustainable and equitable change. She is currently engaged with over 20 organizations worldwide and works with the United Nations, universities, management institutions, governments, business, media and community organizations. She is the Tata Chair Professor at the Tata Institute of Social 3 Sciences in Mumbai.

As a practitioner, her proven track record of generating measurable results at scale, as well as enhancing leadership, is unique.

She designs and facilitates programs for whole systems transformation and leadership development in both developed and developing countries. Using cutting–edge transformational approaches and methodologies, with the purpose of achieving measurable and sustainable change, she also designs and implements ‘learning-in-action programs’ - for both business and non-profit organizations on different aspects of leadership development for sustainable change.

Monica is now working to foster emerging leaders worldwide – proactively seeking out potential leaders, unleashing their power and enabling them to manifest their full potential.

In 2009, Monica Sharma received "The Spirit of the United Nations Award”, for her “inspirational leadership, skilled wisdom, and devoted attention to the United Nations, … for guidance in developing effective strategic frameworks for action for application worldwide … that has manifested in effective programs and leadership development initiatives.”

She has also received the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 2009 Honorary Membership Award, for her contribution in fostering transformational leadership worldwide resulting in measurable change and for her strategic work with the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) related to nursing and health care.

Her recent book Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents was a Gold Winner in the Nautilus Book Awards (Business and Leadership Category).

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Read more about Monica’s approach in this article: Sourcing Wisdom for Just and Sustainable Results (Kosmos Journal, 2014).

 
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cCHANGE:
Transformation in a CHANGING CLIMATE

This workshop is hosted by cCHANGE, an Oslo-based consultancy activating people’s potential for change and enabling them to become powerful solutions to climate change and sustainability challenges. cCHANGE has been collaborating with Dr Monica Sharma for the last 10 years, exploring effective ways to shift cultures and systems.

Our co-founder, Karen O’Brien, has worked with Monica for over a decade. Through her collaboration with Monica, she developed the Three Spheres of Transformation framework that underpins cCHANGE’s approach to sustainability transformations. It has been featured in a recent COSUST article and the IPCC report (WG2, Chapter 20, 2014).

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Karen O’Brien

Is a co-founder and partner in cCHANGE, an Oslo-based company that involves and engages government, education, corporate, civil society, research organisations and individuals in climate and sustainability solutions. She is also a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. She is an internationally recognized expert on climate change and society, including its implications for human security. She has contributed to four IPCC reports.

Karen has worked with Monica for over a decade. Through her collaboration with Monica, she developed the Three Spheres of Transformation framework that underpins cCHANGE’s approach to sustainability transformations. It has been featured in a recent COSUST article and the IPCC report (WG2, Chapter 20, 2014).

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Kirsten Gallo

When Kirsten Gallo was a little girl, she wrote a letter to the deer and bunnies in her back yard promising to always take care of them. She loved to skip through the woods and sing to the trees. Decades later, she is taking care of deer, bunnies and so much more as the head of the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Division. She holds a doctorate degree in Ecology and has dedicated her career to conserving natural resources and demonstrating interdependence between humans and our environment using transformational leadership techniques. She has worked with Monica Sharma to develop the GAIA Framework, which she uses in her work. Kirsten still loves to hike and sing to the trees.

Read more about the GAIA Framework, that Kirsten developed with Monica Sharma, here.

 

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Sudarshan Rodriguez

Is a development professional with multi-disciplinary backgrounds in disaster management, environment sciences, environmental economics, policy and environmental law. He is the Programme Director at Mahatma Gandhi Academy of Human Development (MGAHD), a centre of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, located in India’s Far East state of Nagaland. He is a practitioner/coach, trained in the Conscious Full-Spectrum Response Approach under Dr. Monica Sharma since 2010.

The ‘new field’ [that Monica Sharma] describes as ‘radical systems and cultural transformation’ constitutes a kind of invisible renaissance emerging around the world of understanding the entwined inner and outer nature of genuine systemic change.
— Peter Senge, MIT and Academy for System Change