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Global Leadership Forecast 2018

Evan Sinar, Ph.D.Evan Sinar, Ph.D., is DDI’s Chief Scientist and Vice President. He designs and executes analytics linking leadership programs to business outcomes and produces actionable insights about talent trends and people practices, including leading DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast and High-Resolution Leadership research programs. He is a top influencer for analytics, data visualization, and people science, frequently authoring on these topics for major conferences and publications. His work has been featured in Chief Learning Officer, Training Magazine, and numerous other publications. Evan holds a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D.Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D., is a leading expert on teams and leadership. He recently completed a 35-year career at DDI, where he was head of global research and marketing. He currently serves as a senior research associate for, DDI, and EY. Rich received his Ph.D. from American University. He has authored six books, including the recent Your First Leadership Job. He speaks at major conferences around the world and has published more than 50 articles. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fortune, and the BBC.

Adam L. CanwellAdam L. Canwell, a Partner, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young and a global leader of EY’s leadership offering based in Melbourne, Australia. He has more than 20 years’ experience in providing people advisory services to clients. He has delivered transformation programs across multiple product and service industries – working with FTSE 100 (or their equivalent) organizations. Adam has an MSc in coaching and consulting for change from HEC at Oxford University and an M.A. (Oxon) Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Rebecca L. Ray, Ph.DRebecca L. Ray, Ph.D., serves as the executive vice president, knowledge organization, for The Conference Board. She oversees the research planning and dissemination process for all three practices areas (Corporate Leadership, Economics and Business Development, and Human Capital) and is responsible for defining the research agenda that drives the company’s business planning process. She is responsible for continuing integration of The Conference Board’s research and engagement efforts. Rebecca is author of numerous articles and books, including her coauthored works Measuring Leadership Development (McGraw-Hill) and Measuring the Success of Employee Engagement (ATD).

Stephanie Neal, M.A.Stephanie Neal, M.A., is a consultant in DDI’s Leadership Reach Center. She conducts research to explore workplace and leadership trends, including topics focused on executive leadership and gender diversity. Stephanie is the author of “Your Next CEO Should Be a Social CEO” and a coauthor of Ready-Now Leaders: Cultivating Women in Leadership to Meet Tomorrow’s Business Challenges and Women as Mentors: Does She or Doesn’t She? A Global Study of Businesswomen and Mentoring.

Amy Lui Abel, Ph.D.Amy Lui Abel, Ph.D., is managing director of Human Capital at The Conference Board. She leads research efforts focusing on human capital analytics, leadership development, labor markets, strategic workforce planning, talent management, diversity and inclusion, human resources, and employee engagement. Amy has been published in People & Strategy Journal, The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and ATD’s TD magazine.

Amanda PopielaAmanda Popiela is a researcher for Human Capital at The Conference Board. She conducts research in a variety of areas, including talent management, employee engagement, and diversity & inclusion. Her recent reports include Mental Health and Well-Being in the Workplace and Divergent Views/Common Ground: The Leadership Perspectives of C-Suite and Millennial Leaders.  

Joe Dettmann, Ph.D.Joe Dettmann, Ph.D., a Partner/Principal, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP and a North American leader of EY’s leadership offering. He has a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and has spent his career as a human capital and talent management consultant. At EY, Joe has been instrumental in the Future Work Now transformation offering and helps clients design for the future of work and optimize their human capital by activating modern talent strategies. As part of that, he has been the architect of EY’s Future of Work Readiness Index technology and has led the development of EY’s Digital Leadership offering.

Liz Collins, M.S.Liz Collins, M.S., is a Senior Manager in People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP. She has a Masters in organizational psychology from Columbia University and has spent her career working with clients to develop data supported workforce strategies in tandem with the client’s talent management programs, people key risk programs, and organizational and leadership development activities. Liz works primarily with Financial Services clients across Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance.

Louise RollandLouise Rolland is Executive Director, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young. She came from academia, and her work focuses on all aspects of workforce and talent strategy. As a labor demographer, she has led an internationally focused research agenda to investigate the impact of demographic change and global labor trends on business. She is a thought leader and pragmatic strategist who works closely with clients on designing practical responses to the changing world of work and the implications for leaders and their people.

Tony CottonTony Cotton is a Senior Manager, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP. He is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician with over 30 years’ experience. He has conducted workplace research in Australia, Canada, and the UK. Tony has worked directly with senior leadership groups in organizations across a range of sizes and functions providing high level workplace research and statistical analysis of workforce survey data. For five years, Tony was responsible for the design and analysis of one of the largest workplace surveys in the Southern hemisphere.

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We work globally and collaborate to bring clients professional teams to address complex issues relating to organization transformation, end-to-end employee life cycles, effective talent deployment and mobility, gaining value from evolving and virtual workforces, and the changing role of HR in support of business strategy. Our EY professionals ask better questions and work with clients to create holistic, innovative answers that deliver quality results. For more information about our organization, please visit

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