About


Les has worked with Fortune 500 clients in the Americas, Europe and Asia in technology, energy, finance, manufacturing and global brands. He is a graduate of the New York University Coaching Program and is active as an International Coaching Federation Membership Ambassador. He coaches leadership at Columbia Business School.  


With overseas experience in 40 countries since 1983 Les has been based in Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, and Tokyo. He currently shares his time between New York and Beijing. At Columbia Les researches models for effective intercultural collaboration. He has collaborated with MBAs at Columbia’s Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship to advise the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.


Executive and Leadership Coaching Training


Certified Coach  New York University, New York

Personal Leadership Training Columbia Business School, New York  

ICF Certified Mentoring True North Coaching (USA)

ICF Professional Development International Coaching Federation (USA)


Training in Management and Creativity


Post-Doc                                    University ‍of ‍São ‍Paulo, ‍Brazil

Fellow                                         University of the Arts London, UK

PhD                                             Leeds ‍Metropolitan ‍University, ‍Leeds, UK

M.Sc ‍Management ‍                    Boston ‍University and Vrije Universiteit Brussels

MBA                                            California ‍State ‍Polytechnic ‍University, USA

Master of Arts (MA)                   Goldsmiths, University ‍of ‍London, UK

Master of Arts (MA)                   Musashino ‍Art ‍University, ‍Tokyo, Japan

BA (cum laude) ‍                         Boston ‍University, USA



Fellowships and Awards


Fulbright-Nehru ‍Academic ‍and ‍Professional ‍Excellence ‍Award (2020-2021)

US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs Grant for Colombia (2020-2021)

US American Arts Incubator ZERO1: Art and Technology Network (2019)

CEC ArtsLink Fellow, Russia (2017)

Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo (2017)

Fulbright ‍US ‍Public ‍Diplomacy ‍Award ‍for ‍China (2017)

Renmin University of China Merit Award, Beijing (2017)

Taiwan Huayu Scholar, National Cheng Kung University (2016)

Wheatley Foundation Fellow, Birmingham City University, UK (2016)

Research Fellow, American Center for Mongolian Studies (2016)

Research Fellow, University of the Arts London (UAL) (2015)

CEC ArtsLink Foundation Grant New York, Mongolia (2014

Fulbright ‍US ‍Public ‍Diplomacy ‍Award Mongolia ‍(2014)

The Nordic Artists Center Fellowship, Norway (2008)

Queenstown Council Singapore Citation Award, Singapore (2009)

Edwin Austin Abbey Fellow, New York (2009)

Fellow, Bauhaus Foundation Fellow, Dessau, Germany (2009)

Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture Scholar (Monbusho) 

Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture Japanese Language Scholar 

Scholar, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris (1995)

King Sturge Award, London (1995)

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