We believe that relentless focus on people enables sustainable growth.​

We reinvent your leadership, the way you innovate, your organisational culture and the beliefs and behaviours that underpin it. We then reinvent systems by driving collaboration between agents operating in clusters and superclusters.​

CEO

Bharti Sharma

Bharti is a deep thinker and observant global citizen with several years of experience as a lawyer in the capital markets team at Linklaters LLP, based in the London and Singapore offices. During her time as a lawyer she advised some of the world’s leading corporate and financial institutions on debt and equity financing, where she acted for both issuers and underwriters on a range of deals and transactions across a number of different jurisdictions. 

Her experience in the legal world provided deep insight into the emerging 21st century challenges facing organisations and leaders, and fostered a desire in her to improve the quality of leadership in order to build a better world.

During her time as a law student, Bharti led the board of directors of ActivateUTS for four years as president and vice-president. She is currently a member of the Business Advisory Council of the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships and is also the Founder and CEO of Think Infinity Group, a private investment network. Currently, Bharti is completing an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

OUR FOUNDER

Dr Anthony Howard

Anthony Howard is a CEO, entrepreneur, thought leader, philosopher, and author who focuses his energies on helping high level leaders excel in their leadership. People started calling him ‘the CEO Whisperer’ over a decade ago, as they recognised his uncommon insights about people in complex challenging leadership roles, combined with an understanding of the true nature of leadership, and how it impacts communities and corporations.

He started his unusual career as a navigator in the merchant navy, giving him a unique perspective on life and starting the common thread of helping individuals navigate their own journey.

After leaving the seafaring life to become a lay minister, Anthony found himself being a trusted advisor to a wide variety of people as they grappled with ‘living a life’ in the midst of competing demands and priorities. A conversation with a businessman in the 1990s ignited the idea of moving into executive coaching, which he entered in the early 2000s following a series of executive leadership roles, eventually becoming a confidant to senior leaders in blue chip organisations across the world.

In 2009, Anthony founded The Confidere Group, a leadership strategy firm with a mission to build a better world one leader at a time. The firm includes a number of Board Chairs and Directors, and proven CEOs, and provides mentors to individual leaders and their teams, and conducts leadership workshops, programs and retreats.

Anthony now spends his life traveling the world as a confidant to senior leaders in almost every sector of business across four continents. He writes and speaks extensively on leadership from his unique background and perspective. He is an adjunct senior lecturer at The University of Notre Dame Australia, where he completed a Ph.D. in personalist leadership. He speaks on radio, at conferences, and in boardrooms. He has been quoted in a wide range of business media, writes for the popular press and has been published in academic journals. His book Humanise – why human-centred leadership is the key to the 21st century, is a comprehensive look at the kind of leadership required to succeed when leading other people.

Anthony founded the Socratic Leader Academy in 2019, as the culmination of his life’s work, to bring a deep philosophical questioning process to the challenges which challenge humanity.

Dr Dominic McLoughlin GAICD, FAHRI, FHEA, FCIPD

Dominic has more than 25 years of experience in Leadership and People Management, having helped clients in many different industries including IT, finance, retail, education and National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Dominic also has over 20 years of experience teaching and facilitating in graduate people management units, as well as coaching leaders and managers and he currently delivers programs at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Western Sydney University and his own consulting practice. He undertook his PhD at The University of New South Wales, researching the importance of integrity and character in management behaviour for building trust within organisations. Dominic is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Higher Education Academy and the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

Dr Jonathan Chocqueel-Mangan

Jonathan is a strategic leader who has created long-term visions alongside practical implementation plans to enable organisations to transform their businesses.  He has a particular strength working in organisations exploring and implementing digital technologies, analytics and data to transform customer relationships and exploit new business models and markets.  Working extensively across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, he is experienced as a C-Suite Corporate Executive, a Strategy and Leadership Consultant, and a successful Entrepreneur. 

As the first Chief Strategy Officer at Pearson plc, in its 175-year history, Jonathan was responsible for designing and implementing a business model for a world class, integrated education company with 25,000 people and over $5bn annual revenues. As the Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for Kantar, Jonathan led a global transformation programme, merging 12 operating units into the biggest market research and insights company in the world. He was responsible for innovation, partnerships, corporate development and data strategy in both companies.

Jonathan was also the founder of Tyler Mangan, an award-winning consultancy that worked with corporates and private equity companies providing management development support and strategy execution advice, having been a partner at KPMG, and Hedrick & Struggles.  He started his career as an aerospace engineer with Dowty Group, and has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in systems engineering with French, and masters and doctoral degrees in organisational behaviour and change. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a former trustee of the Rose Theatre, Shakespeare’s first theatre on London’s Bankside.

Thembisa Skweyiya

Thembisa is an admitted attorney of the New York State Bar, United States of America. She has extensive governance, strategy, corporate finance and legal expertise having served at White & Case LLP (New York and Johannesburg), Wipcapital, Nedbank Capital, Citigroup and numerous boards over the past 20 years.

Thembisa is a former board member of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Absa Bank Limited, Imperial Logistics Limited, Telkom SOC Limited, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (100% Japanese owned) and Rothschild South Africa. Her current directorships and memberships include: Liberty Holdings Limited (Chairman of the Liberty Social & Ethics Committee, Member of the Liberty Significant Transactions Committee, Member of the Stanlib Limited board and its subsidiaries); Woolworths Holdings Limited (Chairman of the WHL Social & Ethics Committee, Member of Audit, Risk, Treasury and Sustainability Committees); Skweyiya Investment Holdings and Trustee of one of South Africa’s largest foundations, the Victor Daitz Foundation.

If you would like to learn more about the Socratic Leader Academy or work together to re-invent the way the world does leadership, please get in touch.