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Dean Williams, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, teaches and conducts research on adaptive leadership and change. As a faculty member, he is based at the Center for Public Leadership. He serves as the faculty chair of the executive education program: Global Change Agents: Leading with Commitment, Creativity and Courageand runs the World Leaders Project at the Center for Public Leadership. He is originally from Geelong, Australia.
He has worked on major change initiatives in various parts of the world. For five years he served as the Chief Advisor to the President of Madagascar, assisting in the faciliation of an innovative process of rapid national development. For two years he was the lead consultant to the government of Queensland, Australia, in orchestrating a complete reform of the educational system. Formerly, he was a consultant to the Government of Brunei in upgrading its civil service. He has also served as a consultant with the Singapore government's National Productivity Board, and is the director of the Social Leadership Singapore program.
He has done a significant amount of advising to the Government of East Timor, and most recently to the Government of Nigeria. He has led a number of long-term change initiatives in companies in Australia, the United States, and Asia, and conducted research on leadership andsocial changein Japan, Madagascar and Borneo.
He is the author of Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change (Berrett-Koehler, 2015) and Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges (Berrett-Koehler, 2005).
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