Vinodhini was born in Tamil Nadu, India. She graduated from Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University, Chennai with her Bachelor of Technology, Information Technology degree in 2007. Post undergrad, she worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions as Program Analyst from June 2007 to April 2010, mainly on Mainframe Technologies. In 2010, she located to Singapore and joined Cognitive Edge as a Systems Engineer. Vinodhini’s technical skills are core Java and object oriented programming as well as mainframe technologies. Her interests lie in building interesting software using cutting edge technologies.
At Cognitive Edge, vinodhini has worked primarily on the Goliath framework and the Cymhleth application. She explored possibility of using Smartpen based applications for feedback collection and built the first proof-of-concept. She also worked on the Email framework, building a POP3 and SMTP server implementation in java. Another interesting project, she worked on, was the dynamic UI generation framework from Goliath Server pages, which also provides the ability to save any canvas layout to disk and reopen it later. Recently, she has been completely driving the Cymhleth website and the Cymhleth report generation effort, producing individual and aggregated reports for Organizational reviews, using LaTex and Java.
After an Economics degree at the University of Sydney, I chose a career as a management consultant (two years at Price Waterhouse, ten at IBM). I enjoyed the challenges of consulting – a requirement to constantly learn new skills, pressure to continually innovate, and the need to regularly adapt to new customers and problem domains.
In 2005 I left IBM and co-founded Cognitive Edge with Dave Snowden. I served for more than six years as CEO in Singapore, with primary responsibility for the management and overall success of the business.
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Michael Cheveldave is Vice President of Business Development for Cognitive Edge where he is responsible for expanding the capabilities of a global Network of practitioners in applying Cognitive Edge methods and the use of SenseMaker®. Prior to Cognitive Edge, Michael founded NuOptiks Consulting, a management consulting practice focused on organizational effectiveness, leadership, strategy, and knowledge management. Michael has been one of two lead instructors for Cognitive Edge since 2006.
Michael has an entrepreneurial background with experience in business development and intellectual capital management in technology companies. Often jumping in to support and assist in the delivery on client projects, Michael brings a pragmatic entrepreneurial perspective to all of his work. With over 7 years of experience with Cognitive Edge methods and approaches, Michael has designed and led projects for a wide range of applications including:
• Mapping situational knowledge to identify resonance versus dissonance to leadership initiatives or goals and objectives;
• Improving strategy, innovation, and leadership development through the use of dissent, diversity, and perspective shift;
• Mapping organisational cultures to identify areas open to change versus areas subject to resistance (i.e. mergers and acquisitions, change initiatives)
• Enabling weak signal detection and monitoring for customer loyalty, employee engagement, and risk associated with perception bias; and,
• Applying narrative and SenseMaker® for development, investment climate, industrial safety, and organizational transformation.
Michael has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria and a Knowledge Management Certificate from Royal Roads University, both in Victoria, BC, Canada
Zhen Goh makes up part of the Consulting team at Cognitive Edge. She is responsible for engaging clients – from project inception, through the processes of conceptualization and execution, to the final analysis – and assisting them in maximizing Cognitive Edge’s unique sense-making approaches. She also contributes to the further development of the SenseMaker® software.
A Sociologist by training, she has conducted research in the areas of Cultural Studies / Theory, Economic Sociology, Urban Planning, Organization Studies, Sociology of Intimacy and Environmental Sociology.
Before joining Cognitive Edge, Zhen worked as a freelance professional. She has worked with government, NGO and corporate clients, taking on independent research, writing and lecturing duties. Her personal research saw her working closely with many environmental NGOs and opinion leaders in the region, and beyond. She is a member of the EcoCity World Builders, after having presented a paper at the 7th EcoCity World Summit, held in conjunction with UC Berkeley Graduate Extension.
Zhen also holds the posts of Associate Faculty at the Singapore Institute of Management; where she advises on course development, and instructs in the area of Cultural Sociology.
Zhen received her training from the National University of Singapore, where she completed her Bachelor of Social Science (with Honours). She, then, went onto pursue her Masters of Social Science (Sociology), on the University Research Scholarship program.
Outside of work, Zhen loves music, travel, sports, and film. Enjoying the challenge of working within limited resources, she has written and produced for both the independent music and film industry. She has a great love of the field, and all it offers her – the potential for discovery: of new insights into the human spirit, and of the tapestries of culture, art, beauty, and all the stories interwoven within.
She is attracted to narrative, and finds within worlds of possibilities.
Dawn Lincoln is the Office Manager for Cognitive Edge, where she is the personal assistant to Dave and Steve. Her responsibilities includes managing the calendars and travel bookings. Dawn is also responsible for the following:
• Source and book venues for the training courses
• Managing the course registrations
• Emailing out course pre-reads and details
• Inviting attendees of the Accreditation course to the
Cognitive Edge Practitioner’s network
• Manage the SenseMaker® licences
• Processing orders from the CE online shop
• See to the day to day needs of the Singapore office
Prior to Cognitive Edge, Dawn spent 2 years as a Secretary in IBM, Singapore and 10 years in Singapore Airlines as a
Ranjini has experience in research, operational policy, and international collaboration. She has worked in the British High Commission, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, and the Singapore Internet Research Centre. She has also held positions in government, at the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and the Ministry of Communications and Information.
Dedicated to social justice and humanitarian causes, Ranjini is often involved in work with NGOs. She is currently a member of Soroptimist International of Singapore, a women’s service organisation, working to transform the lives of women and girls across the region, through education and leadership.
With a keen interest in social, ethical, and cultural issues, she has written and published commentaries in newspapers such as the Bangkok Post, Jakarta Post, and South China Morning Post, as well as in online news outlets. She has also presented her research at local and international conferences, in academic journals and books.
Ranjini shares her passion for knowledge and curiosity with her students at the Singapore Institute of Management, where she teaches Social Stratification and Gender Issues. In 2010, she received a scholarship from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies to complete a Master of Science in Sociology (Research) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
At Cognitive Edge, Saranya Ranganathan works with the Software Engineering / Technical team, located in the U.S.A. She is primarily responsible for quality assurance and testing of the deployed software. Saranya is also responsible for processing all support related tasks and requests and delegating as required.
Prior to her current role with Cognitive Edge, Saranya worked as a software developer after which pursued her Masters in Software Engineering at National University of Singapore. She has been actively involved in a number of research activities at NUS - some of her research areas include Enterprise Architecture, Y-Generation and the Internet, Technopreneurship and Service Innovation. She is TOGAF 8 certified Enterprise Architect.
Saranya is interested in traveling, photo editing, music and charity activities. Her hobbies are collecting stamps, coins and currencies of various countries and till date, coins and currencies of 80 countries and 400 stamps of different types and shapes are a part of her collections.
Reshu has completed her Masters in Computer Application from India in 2009. She has also completed a diploma and advanced diploma in programming languages such as C, C++, Java and Visual FoxPro. She holds a national level top position in data structuring using C language.
She moved to Singapore in 2009 and her passion for learning a variety of different languages motivated her to obtain Sun’s certification in Java and Web Component development.
Reshu has previously worked on projects on payroll systems, gas retail and distribution and business automation. She has also been involved in a web-based project for a Singaporean company prior to joining Cognitive Edge.
She currently works as a Software Engineer in Cognitive Edge Singapore and has been focusing on Support Services to our clients.
Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.
He holds visiting Chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore. His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management aware for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge managment. He is a editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an Editor in Chief of E:CO. In 2006 he was Director of the EPSRC (UK) research programme on emergence and in 2007 was appointed to an NSF (US) review panel on complexity science research.
He previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity; during that period he was selected by IBM as one of six on-demand thinkers for a world wide advertising campaign. Prior to that he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector.
In her role as a Senior Consultant with Cognitive Edge and an Accredited Network Practitioner, Jules is involved in the design, capture and analysis of client projects. She has worked with public and private sector clients in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
Prior to joining Cognitive Edge as a Consultant, Jules worked in various roles in wealth management, automotive tuning and e-commerce, all of which provided invaluable phronesis.
Jules aims to help individuals and organisations with their decision making and sense making process by getting them to start conversations – homiliai – about the complexity inherent in our world, and turn them towards naturalistic methods and SenseMaker®.
After completing a neo-humanistic Classical education and taking the SATs, Jules took a five-year hiatus before re-commencing studies in 2009. She read a double major in English Linguistics and Literature, and hopes to read Classics and Theology at a later date.
Her passions are diverse and mostly arcane, spanning vocal performance of Early Church Music and Baroque repertoires, target shooting, rugby, advocating a return to classical education and eradicating the logical fallacies of post hoc ergo propter hoc and cum hoc ergo propter hoc.
In her spare time she continues her study of Latin and Greek, primarily to facilitate a fuller understanding of the Roman and Byzantine liturgies and an appreciation for early Church history.
Jules was previously based in the Singapore office but is now based in the UK, spearheading Project Cynefin and the Centre for Applied Complexity in Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.