Board of Advisors

Prof. Adam Grant

Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for five straight years. He is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40.

He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 35 languages.Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it is a #1 national bestseller praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, and Malcolm Gladwell.Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management. His third book, Option B with Sheryl Sandberg, is on resilience.

Adam’s TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 8 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Facebook, Google, the NBA, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, where his articles onRaising a moral child and How to raise a creative child have each been shared over 300,000 times on social media.

Adam was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, Is giving the secret to getting ahead? He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He has designed experiential learning activities in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills. He is a passionate feminist who serves on the Lean Inboard and the Defense Innovation Advisory Board at the Pentagon.

Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in bestselling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive by Daniel Pink, and David and Goliath by Gladwell. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver.

Prof. Boris Groysberg

Prof. Boris Groysberg is tenured faculty in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School. He has taught extensively in the MBA and Executive Education programs, such as the “Owner/President Management” executive program. Professor Groysberg’s research investigates how a firm can be systematic in achieving a sustainable competitive advantage by leveraging its talent and how individuals can achieve stardom. Professor Groysberg is the author of Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance (Strategy + Business magazine’s top book pick in the Human Capital category for 2010), and co-author ofTalk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations andWall Street Research: Past, Present, and Future. Professor Groysberg has also published more than 100 articles, notes, and case studies on how firms develop, hire, retain, and utilize their talent. He has won numerous awards for his research on managing human capital and has been inducted as a fellow at the National Academy of Human Resources. He serves on the Board of Directors of Frist Republic Bank, a publicly traded bank headquartered in the United States. He also serves on the advisory boards of several private companies and works with companies from different industries around the world.

Jonathan Ferrar

Jonathan Ferrar is a respected consultant, speaker, author and business advisor in HR strategy, workforce analytics, and the Future of Work. He advises clients on how to establish human resources strategies that will improve business performance and help HR leaders become more analytical in their decision-making. He was listed as one of the global Top HR Analytics Influencers on LinkedIn in 2014, one of the People Analytics Experts to Follow in 2016 by Jibe, and one of the Top 20 Experts in People Analytics in 2017 by Sage People. Before he started his own consultancy business (Ochre Rock Limited), Jonathan worked for more than 25 years in corporate business in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma from Kingston Business School. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered FCIPD). He is the Co-Author of the book, The Power of People: Learn How Successful Organizations Use Workforce Analytics to Improve Business Performance (Pearson FT Press, May 2017)

Management

Manish Goel
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Manish Goel has more than 15 years experience in the software and services sectors, and is a Partner of Greenoak Capital Partners, a venture capital firm specializing in technology and data analytics investments. Manish was previously an Investment Director with PwC Venture Partners, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ London-based principal investment unit focused on investments in the technology sector. At PwC Venture Partners, he led the Investment Selection team, his specialization being Financial Services Technology (FinTech). He started his career as a management consultant in PwC Consulting’s Strategic Change practice. Manish also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Online Trust Alliance Board of Directors (www.otalliance.org), an industry alliance formed to protect the vitality of the online ecosystem and promote best practice, policies and technologies which enhance trust in e-commerce globally.

Steve Allam
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Steve Allam has over 18 years of experience in the technology and communication sectors. He has delivered leading-edge messaging systems and led the design and development of large-scale, global communication platforms. Prior to joining TrustSphere, Steve founded Imhotek, a provider of innovative technology solutions to enterprise and government organisations in the EMEA, including British Gas, BT, Vodafone and Inmarsat. Steve previously worked for Digital’s (DEC) messaging team delivering work-group productivity solutions.

Arun Sundar
Chief Strategy Officer

Arun Sundar builds and drives the strategic road map, and business eco-system for TrustSphere across the globe. He also leads initiatives for enhancing visibility of the technology with industry visionaries, customers, partners, academics and futurists worldwide. Arun is a regular speaker and opinion leader in the Asia Pacific technology space. Arun has built, led and advised many technology businesses both in the region and world-wide. In his personal capacity, Arun is an eminent champion of and commentator on the trending subjects of People Analytics and Machine Learning. He also serves as the Founding Chairman of the Asia Analytics Alliance, a Board Member with Asia Cloud Computing Association, an executive committee member of Singapore IT Federation, a Charter Member of TiE (Singapore Chapter) and an advisor to multiple technology ventures and initiatives.