FOUNDER & PARTNER
As Founder and Partner of the highly-acclaimed consultancy Living Potential International, Elaine Teo is passionate about bringing critical life skills for personal success to students and the workforce worldwide.
Elaine designs and delivers leadership development and intercultural coaching, training, facilitation, and thought leadership to some of the most prestigious and influential organisations in the world, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Lloyd’s of London, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Sport England, The Guardian, McKinsey, Ernst & Young, Tesco, CenturyLink, Philip Morris, and Anglo American.
She appears regularly on the BBC and international events as a keynote speaker, moderator, psychologist, intercultural expert, and life skills coach. She is highly sought-after for her original and cutting-edge ideas on diversity and culture, women leadership, the work-school skills gap, and mind training for top performance at work and life.
Elaine was awarded her meditation teaching diploma with distinction by the British School of Meditation as one of the top students of the internationally-accredited course. She studied Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University on a full academic scholarship, where she was also Piano Scholar and the co-founder of the Oxford University Chinese Cultural Society.
She speaks five languages including Mandarin, German, Italian and French in addition to English. As a Singaporean Chinese who has lived, worked and traveled in over 30 countries, she is particularly valued for her keen insights on the gap between East and West. Elaine is CultureConnector’s resident cultural expert for Singapore and is a graduate of the Corporate Coach Programme of Coach U.
Prior to founding LPI in Switzerland 16 years ago while having the first of her three children, Elaine worked in prime strategic marketing communications and product development roles in American Express APAC and Singapore Airlines.
Elaine is passionate about her one-on-one coaching clients and her work with companies, helping everyone to play better to their strengths at work and life. After 30 years of experimenting with her own life, she has seen firsthand the profound power that is unlocked when people finally align with who they were always best meant to be.
Working with individuals and groups is equally important as both complement each other. She encourages her clients to live their most authentic selves at all times as this is the most potent way to set them up for lifelong habits of success and meaning. She walks the talk herself and parents her children the same way to exceptional results.
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Through 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience Paul Genovese has honed a sharp sense for developing individuals, teams, and cultures to perform at their dynamic best to meet the challenges of the modern global workplace.
Paul’s primary talent for synthesizing disparate information into a system of knowledge helps teams make objective, data-driven business decisions. His innovative insights and perspective are sought after to unearth novel solutions for challenging business problems by clients worldwide including Anschutz Exploration, Aspect Energy, ChevronTexaco, Wingate Capital, Kinder Morgan Inc, Marathon, Nexen, Noble Energy, Shamaran Petroleum, Unocal, Canargo Georgia, and Block Energy PLC.
Paul began his professional career serving in various geoscience technology roles at Texaco Exploration and Production. Prior to joining LPI, Paul established his international oil & gas exploration consultancy in 2001, where his work was instrumental in discovering notable world-class oil and gas fields. A serial entrepreneur, Paul has since partnered in founding a number of petroleum and technology start-ups.
Over two decades of navigating a traditional male-dominated industry has honed Paul as a spearhead for change toward more diverse, inclusive, and fulfilling work environments that nurture open collaboration paired with individual creativity for maximum business impact.
Throughout his career, Paul has recognized the critical value of high-functioning teams, and has championed efforts to assemble the most inclusive and cognitively diverse teams, most visibly through his memberships in Texaco’s groundbreaking Diversity Council and the Mentoring for Excellence in Technology program.
Paul believes that individuals within even large organizations have the power to nucleate significant positive change through creativity and innovation, and to lead from within. As examples of his intrapreneurial leadership within Texaco, he cross-pollinated his oil/gas exploration and production skills with a colleague in corporate IT to develop pioneering data science applications, and he collaborated with colleagues from business units around the globe to design and facilitate Texaco’s first ever Worldwide Virtual Technology Conference.
Paul holds degrees in geology and geophysics from SUNY Brockport, Western Michigan University, and Princeton University. Among his academic awards and achievements are the Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award, a National Science Foundation grantee, and he was Princeton’s John C. Meeker Amoco Fellow.
Paul holds a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. He excels in mentoring and coaching university students to prepare them for industry careers and brings his real-world business experience into the classroom via practical lectures and laboratories.
With over twenty years of experience working in global institutions like Shell International and Oxford University, Ming Alsop-Lim has a broad international outlook which was refined through working on projects involving multiple stakeholders from different technical disciplines, countries and cultures. A firm believer in human agency, she is committed to supporting individuals to reach their fullest potential, irrespective of their backgrounds.
Ming worked in five countries for Shell in commercial and HR roles, and specialised in talent management, Diversity & Inclusion, and Learning & Development. Possessing keen business and cultural nous, she was expatriated from her hometown Singapore to Beijing and was part of the Shell Chemicals team which successfully negotiated the biggest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) project in China in the early 2000s. Her passion for people development led her to global talent management roles in The Hague, Singapore, and Malaysia where she developed skills competence frameworks for over 5000 IT staff, cultivated talent pipelines, provided career advice and designed intercultural coaching workshops for expatriates.
Her interest in developing young people and giving back led Ming to work for Oxford University where she sought philanthropic support for bursaries, scholarships for BAME students, and Access & Outreach. Ming was instrumental in setting up a mentoring programme for St Hilda’s College Oxford which linked up graduating students with alumnae mentors who provided internship opportunities and career advice. Invited to be a member of the university’s inaugural Race Equality Task Force, Ming worked closely with the Pro Vice Chancellors to spearhead diversity, equality and inclusion policies which positively impacted all students and staff.
Ming studied for her BA degree in Geography at Oxford University, and MPhil degree in GIS & Remote Sensing at Cambridge University, on full academic scholarships. She is also an alumna of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fellowship and IMD’s prestigious HR Leadership Development Programme. Highly enthusiastic about youth development and community initiatives, Ming is charity board trustee for Oxfordshire Fund for Music which subsidises music lessons for financially disadvantaged students in state schools.