Consultant, Z/Yen Group Limited
|Therese joined the Z/Yen team in November 2012. Since joining Z/Yen, she has mostly been working on civil society sector projects that can benefit from her head for numbers. Therese is keen to explore issues affecting business and society and is currently studying for an MSc in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics at Birkbeck, University of London.
Therese is a qualified actuary and holds a BMath in Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Before joining Z/Yen, Therese worked in the financial sector in the UK, US and Canada and has broad experience in risk management, financial reporting and financial modelling.
In her free time, Therese enjoys supporting live music, community theatre and local restaurants.
As anyone whose worked in an office or interacted with government knows, complex, wicked problems almost always have a “political” dimension that cannot be ignored. Mike is a specialist at helping clients understand their options and formulate a strategy to deal with the politics head on.
Whether you are dealing with disputes, bid partnering decisions, or the threat of thermonuclear war, you need to understand what everybody is trying to get from the dispute, and see what your options are and what will happen if you can’t agree.
With a background of over 25 years working in analysis and consultancy, Mike has helped individuals, large corporations, universities and the government to understand and form strategies – which can be hard and uncompromising if appropriate, soft, conciliatory and accommodating if appropriate, and imaginative, novel and outside the box if appropriate.
Once formulated, the strategies are tested using a Decision Workshop. This is an intense, interactive, yet fun workshop that forecasts the impact of the strategy using structured role play - the only fully disclosed and evidence based method that can reliably forecast political outcomes.
Mike has worked with Z/Yen on workshops looking at the politics around the Greek debt crisis. He also helped to develop “The Warm Game”, a fun yet insightful look at international co-operation on climate change, played as part of the original London Accord work in 2007 and more recently on Sailing Barge Lady Daphne.
Read more on strategic planning.
Read Mike Young's response to the Confidence Accounting proposal - Making Financial Reform Happen - Confidence Accounting.
Security Forward Senior Advisor, Z/Yen Group Limited
|A former Lt Colonel in the Welsh Guards, Crispin Black has served in Northern Ireland, headed the U.K. Defence Intelligence Staff's Yugoslav Crisis Cell, and was posted to the British government’s Cabinet Office to work for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBRA. Since leaving the British army he has been director of analysis at a leading U.K. security firm with extensive interests in Iraq, written a book on the London Bombings of 7 July 2005, and is currently a highly sought-after commentator for the UK and US media. He is a Fellow at Chatham House.|
Consultant, Z/Yen Group Limited
Xueyi Jiang came to London in 2010, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communication & Electronic Engineering from the University of Northumbria for which she was awarded First Class Honors. Xueyi joined Z/Yen as an intern in June 2011 while studying for an MSc in Financial Computing at University College London. As part of her dissertation, Xueyi has performed a detailed analysis looking at the extent to which ExtZy, Z/Yen’s prediction market game, has proved to be predictive. After graduating from UCL with Distinction, she joined Z/Yen full-time in February 2012.
Growing up in China, Xueyi spent most of her spare time playing the piano and folk dancing. Xueyi’s new hobby is to collect all kinds of mugs while travelling. She hopes to have a shelf full of mugs in the future!
Security Forward Programme Chairman, Z/Yen Group Limited
|Keith Holland has broad international experience in Corporate Strategy, Organisational Development and Corporate Security management. He also brings to the table more than three decades of professional experience in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He has worked in financial services, run an MBA programme in the Middle East and consulted for a broad range of commercial clients. He has spent the last decade working with major multinationals based in the UK and Ireland, Greece and Turkey. Keith leads Z/Yen's Security Forward forum.|