About us

 

It is rare to find good business school faculty who are fluent across multiple management disciplines. It is even more rare to find faculty who have executed in the industry and taught across these disciplines. At ChangeSchool we have this rare, core team of practitioners. We have delivered £500m of value and teach at the top business schools in the world. What makes us unique for our clients is that our team of core practitioners are multi-disciplinary. They are trained in Strategy, Organisational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship, have deep cross-industry experience and bring an execution-ready mindset to developing the organisation.

Knowledge and expertise are not static. We are driven by our advisory board, which keeps us on the leading edge of managerial insights. Our pioneering work includes the development of leading performance indicators for newly restructured organisations (2010), the use of benefit maps for strategy formulation (2012), overcoming cognitive biases that destroy value in business transformation (2015), and the leadership skills required for large multicultural, multi-located business transformation (2016).

How companies can approach Strategy, Innovation and Change

Traditionally, people do one of three things:

Do it themselves

This has advantages – you know your people, you know your industry, and you know your organisation. And the Finance Director likes it because it is inexpensive.

However, strategy, innovation and change are each a process and a competency like any other. And they work as a team, each relying on the other.  They draw from problem solving, benefit management, behavioural science, economics, neuroscience, psychology and leadership, and you have to know what you are doing.  What you save in lower cost, you could lose a hundred fold in benefits that never come to pass and plunging productivity in the meantime.

Bring in contractors to help

This costs a bit more, but at least you have the resource and (hopefully) some expertise.

Someone sufficiently skilled is hard to find.  Even if you do, as a contractor they will be hamstrung because they lack a network in your organisation.  The leader of your strategy is completely reliant on the political power of others.

Once they have finished, even if they do succeed where most fail, that expertise then leaves your company with them.  Usually well before your change has taken hold, because again, contractors are expensive.

Use consultants

Professional, with a good level of expertise, the right consultants understand strategy, innovation and change.  They also understand their value – this is an expensive route.

Consultants are always outsiders, often resented by those in the organisation, which makes their task twice as difficult.  They work in silos, so you’ll have three disjointed groups all rewriting the others’ plans.  And, as with contractors, they will leave before your change is embedded and take their expertise with them.

Without your own capability, deployed strategically and supported throughout the process, the options aren’t great.

How our education differs

It is about learning, not just training, although training is certainly a part.  It is about creating a personal and professional competency and the confidence in using it, not just imparting a block of knowledge.  In other words, it starts and ends with the people and organisations with which we work.  It is about them.

Our education is based on credible, verifiable research and real world delivery where the tools and techniques that we use have been tested for their effectiveness.

Programmes involve mentoring, training, regular meet ups, peer support and review, networking and bespoke intervention.

Directors

Viren Lall

Managing Director. Adjunct Professor, Exec Ed trainer

Executive MBA (distinction) London Business School, UK; MSc in Advanced Computing (distinction) King’s College London, UK; BTech Computer Science & Engineering IIT Delhi, India

 

Viren Lall is a business transformation leader, an adjunct professor of management, and an executive education trainer including at London Business School. He created £400m of organisational value through transforming business units. His business transformation hothouses were voted the best in BT’s corporate memory.

For ChangeSchool, Viren leads on client and academic relationships and specialised executive education programmes.

He has advised and coached globally on innovation and change practices and leadership, and is published on the topic in the upcoming book “Organisational Change Explained” by Kogan Page.

His client work in the past has included Al Rashid Group (Bahrain); AIESEC, Barclays, British Telecom, Cambridge University, Graphisoft Japan, Kings College London, Lloyds of London, London Business School, Indian Institute of Technology, Indian School of Business, Satven (India); SME Development Fund and Ministry of higher education (Oman); University College London, UBS and Vodafone.

He also teaches the core MBA course at the Indian School of Business and Executive Education for London Business School.

 

Neil Marshall

Development Director. Adjunct Professor

Neil holds an MBA from the Cranfield University School of Management, where he has also lectured and a PGCE from Bristol University and BSc from Birmingham University.

Neil Marshall

Neil is an skilled Educator, consultant in leading change and an Adjunct Professor in Strategy and Organisation Behaviour.

For ChangeSchool Neil leads on pedagogy, programme development and operations.

He is a board level facilitator, highly experienced in multiple senior stakeholder environments. Neil is also trustee of an international charity.

He has facilitated mindset change and value creation for ABA Market Research; Avanta; Camden Council; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Cofely; DCSF; Eastbourne Borough Council; Extend; Kelly Services; IDX Software; Institute of Mechanical Engineers Support Network; NASUWT; Slough Borough Council; St Albans City and District Council; The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

Professor Marie Lall, FRSA

Director of Education Consultancy at ChangeSchool Professor in Education and South Asian Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. Served as Programme Director, Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies. Pro Vice Provost, University College London

PhD London School of Economics, MPhil Cambridge University

 

Marie is an honorary fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, a consultant member at IISS, and was an associate fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House till August 2011. She is an trains foreign commonwealth office at Kings College London, and is also the education advisor to TCF Pakistan and Myanmar Egress, Myanmar. She has held a number of fellowships and visiting positions at world-renowned universities in Japan, Australia, Germany, India and Pakistan.

For ChangeSchool, Prof Lall leads education-consulting projects. She is the co-founding director of Technology & management Practice Ltd (ChangeSchool’s parent company) where she has lead engagements as a consultant, an educationist and a facilitator of multi stakeholder dialogues in Myanmar for the following organisations: British Council; EU and IMG; World Bank, UNICEF, Shalom Foundation, AUSAID, DAI, IISS, NBR (Washington DC, USA) and DFID UK. She has delivered 3 policy briefs on education, citizenship and the legitimacy of the peace process to the President’s Office in Myanmar.

Prof Lall has advised the German Ministry for Development and the Head of the German Foreign Relations Committee, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Chinese, Canadian, French, and Norwegian ministerial/embassy staff on India, Pakistan and Myanmar. From 2012 to 2014 she was AUSAID’s senior education advisor for fragile states (Myanmar). She is part of a team that trains the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s South Asia team.

She is also a South Asia expert (India, Pakistan and Burma/Myanmar) specialising in political issues (with regard to the economy, geopolitics of energy, foreign policy formulation, citizenship and Diaspora politics) and education (with specific regard to policy, gender, ethnicity and conflict, the formation of national identity and its close links with citizenship). She has written widely on these topics and is the author/editor of 6 books and a monograph.

She appears regularly on BBC News 24/ BBC World, Sky TV, Aljazeera TV and BBC Radio (World Service) and gives interviews on politics and international relations in South Asia. She is often cited in the international press. Her non academic speaking engagements include keynote addresses at the Suntory Foundation, Osaka; the Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Berlin; the House of Lords; and the European Commission.

Dr. Pradeep Racherla

Programme & Faculty Director. Visiting Professor. Lead faculty for Digital Strategy.

PhD in Business Administration from Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia

Pradeep is a visiting professor at SP Jain Global in Singapore, Dubai and Mumbai and XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Dr Racherla’s expertise includes digital and mobile marketing, word-of-mouth marketing, ecommerce business models, and marketing research. In these areas, he has driven several consulting and research projects with multi-national firms such as Opera.com, Tripadvisor.com, Yelp.com, Lockheed Martin and Philadelphia Wireless. In India, he was a channel partner for Thermax Ltd, a major environmental and energy equipment firm. In addition, he trains and guides senior executives from companies such as Pepsi, Nestle, United Breweries and Godrej.

Pradeep is the India Programme & Faculty Director for ChangeSchool, bringing his expertise in consulting and leading Digital Strategy and Faculty development programmes in the Middle East and Singapore. He will also be leading Digital Strategy and Faculty development programmes in the Middle East and Singapore.

Dr Racherla has received several awards and honours for his research including best doctoral researcher awards at Fox Business School and West Texas A&M University Research Excellence He has held various prestigious academic posts, including the Gene Edwards Professor of Banking and Assistant Professor of Marketing at the College of Business at West Texas A&M University, and Program Director at Woxsen School of Business, and SPJain School of Global Management.

His research work has been published in prestigious journals such as Information Systems Research, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Management Information Systems, Electronic Commerce Research & Applications, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, Annals of Tourism Research and Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

Kofi Atuah

Country Director, Qatar. Enterpreneurship trainer

BEng, MBA (Cranfield), CEng MIChemE

 

Kofi has experience in developing and managing innovation in accelerator programmes and mentoring start-ups in incubator programmes. His experience ranges from leadership roles within private/public sector joint-venture initiatives for niche new product innovation to providing strategy and policy insight for UK industry and policy leaders to accelerate new technologies.

For ChangeSchool, Kofi has joined as the Country Director for Qatar, bringing in his expertise in entrepreneurship training, proposition and partnership development, and delivering complex change programmes. With Kofi at the helm, ChangeSchool is already making inroads in developing key partnerships and looking forward to managing and cultivating key institutional relationships.

His pioneering work at the Carbon Trust included the feasibility of commercialising of Micro CHP technology as the next generation replacement for Domestic boilers and could be the future electricity generation source for the grid. Kofi’s recommendation of policy on Fuel Cell technology was adopted without change in UK energy policy in 2010.

Currently living in Qatar, Kofi co-founded and grew Quantum Sports (QSports) into the largest community sporting events business in Qatar, which was eventually acquired by a large holding company as after 3 years of a operations. He also established and maintained the end-to-end PMO function for a medium size (up to US$300m) infrastructure project on the New Doha airport mega-project.

Kofi is currently an executive (Welfare Officer) of the Ghanaians in Qatar (GiQ) Association. GiQ is recognised by the Ghana Embassy as the official body advancing the cause of the estimated 6000-strong Ghanaian community resident in the gulf state. GiQ focus their efforts on cultural, sports and social events, and the welfare of Ghanian nationals.

Entrepreneurial and innovation training team

Pratyush Lal

Innovation Consultant. Entrepreneurship Instructor. Accelerator Coach

MBA (distinction) London Business School, UK; B.Tech IIT Kanpur, India

Pratyush is a seasoned professional with experience spanning operations & strategy. He has worked with Unilever, the multinational FMCG firm, in exciting roles ranging from manufacturing tea & detergents to conceiving strategic initiatives for supply chain. As a young leader, he has successfully led teams across hierarchies – shopfloor employees, officers & managers. Unconventional & counter-intuitive decisions lie at the core of his approach to drive disruptive change. To him, a good strategy is one that forms as a pattern of consistent decisions or actions instead of being a plan on paper.

For ChangeSchool, Pratyush leads entrepreneurial training in our embedded accelerator programmes and strategic innovation for our corporate clients.

Entrepreneurial in spirit, Pratyush had won earlier incubation as an undergraduate to start on a technology venture that commercialised piezoelectricity. Post MBA, Pratyush has co-founded a unique e-commerce platform that builds ME-Commerce by driving price personalization in a completely novel way & this was incubated by Deloitte. When he could not find an affordable way to build a prototype, he learnt coding & built a full stack platform!

Recently relocated from London, Pratyush currently resides in Mumbai with his wife and daughter.

Shubham Anand

Innovation Consultant. Entrepreneurship Instructor. Accelerator Coach

MBA University of Oxford, Said Business School. Skoll scholarship Awardee. PGDM in Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Shubham has extensive experience working in the education technology and social enterprise sectors. He has been involved in two start-up ventures in the past and won the UK government award to be supported by UKTI’s Sirius programme, where he received mentorship by ChangeSchool.

For ChangeSchool, he leads on entrepreneurial training in our accelerators and developing and delivering intrapreneurship curriculums for mid sized corporate companies.

Shubham launched iGBL in 2013, where he conceptualised the core idea of interactive gaming for business learning, got new venture funding and helped design an innovative negotiation support tool for Harvard and Kellogg negotiation case studies. These were subsequently used in a number of universities worldwide. His venture iGBL also won the Skoll Centre New Venture Award with the associated cash prize of £20,000 and the prestigious £48,000 Sirius Award by UKTI, UK Government. During his MBA at Oxford, he specialised in new venture creation, business model canvas, lean start-up methodology, entrepreneurial finance and design thinking. Prior to that, he worked with Digital Study Hall, where he expanded the DSH training infrastructure from 12 to 70 Govt. Teacher Training Institutes benefitting 14,000 school teachers annually. He also played a key role in developing a partnership with UNICEF to provide gender equity training for school teachers aimed at empowering deprived girls in 38 rural schools in India.

Tushar Sharma

Innovation Consultant. Entrepreneurship Instructor. Accelerator Coach.

MBA London Business School, UK; B.Tech IIT Delhi, India

Tushar has extensive experience in a variety of roles across internet, telecom, strategy consulting, and automobile sectors. Currently, he is working as a community manager in an Artificial Intelligence start-up aimed at creating an immersive learning environment for students in the classroom. His role entails a mix of business and product development, focusing on acquiring, engaging, and retaining users.

He has also worked as a strategy consultant advising clients across telecom, technology, and energy projects. He started his career in automobile product development. He holds engineering degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from London Business School.

For ChangeSchool, Tushar leads on innovation and entrepreneurial acceleration

In his previous role as a Business Development Manager, he was developing and launching various technology start-ups across emerging markets. One of his products included a unique skills and jobs marketplace in Africa that was focused on equipping youths with skills required to perform a job. Within 2 months of the launch, Tushar was able to secure $600,000 in funding to scale the marketplace. His other notable products include a mobile entrepreneurship course for women entrepreneurs (funded by innovation grant from GSMA) and a live tv-mobile interaction to teach basic science and maths concepts to children aged 6 +.

He has also worked as a strategy consultant advising clients across telecom, technology, and energy projects. He started his career in automobile product development. He holds engineering degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from London Business School.

Charlotte Malmberg

Business Transformation and Change Consultant. Business Architect. Programme Director.

MBA Open University, BSc in Economics, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Charlotte has over 20 years of experience in technology enabled business change across multiple industry sectors such as manufacturing, technology services, public sector, the third sector and insurance. Her roles have covered areas as divers as process improvement, SAP consulting, project and programme management. Charlotte has always thrived on solving messy problems and finding the pragmatic solution, which is cost efficient and delivers the most benefit to the organisation. She creates a space where leaders and employees are able to discuss openly what needs to change to achieve success and make it happen.

For ChangeSchool, Charlotte leads the Leading change and Change Management design practice for our corporate clients.

Direct, straightforward, open-minded and with a broad knowledge-base, Charlotte has been able to grasp processes within the most diverse industries and identify quick ways to improve products, services and the necessary business changes to implement new strategies.

Charlotte lives in London, and has lived in both Sweden and Belgium and is used to working a multi-national environment.

ChangeSchool team are available for breakfast seminars and speaking engagements (ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours) on topics related to digital strategy, digital transformation, innovation,organisational levers of motivation and embedding change.

For details please contact Sofia Llewellyn-Jones on sofia@changeschool.org