Gwenhwyfar DunneGlobal Vice President (Head of) - People & Culture at Okadoc
Gwenhwyfar is a Psychologist, Behaviourist, Executive Performance Coach, Guest Lecturer at Cambridge University, Gallup Strengths Coach and trained in both Lean Six Sigma and Kaizen in Japan. Currently based on Abu Dhabi, she is Vice President - People for Okadoc, a life-changing start-up in the health-tech space where her job, as she puts it, is to, "Help build a dynamic, evolving culture that gives the team a chance be the best they can be every day."
Her 21 year long career has been spread globally, including: Japan, UK, Middle East, Germany, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. From coaching undergraduates, through to military leaders, and billionaires she combines her experience and qualifications to transform organisations and their cultures through a holistic approach. Industries she has touched include: not-for-profit, military, family legacy organisations, multi-nationals (MNCs), finance, start-ups, health-tech, construction & engineering, automotive, hospitality, pharmaceutical, utilities and government. "People want to use their own unique strengths, and when they get to do that, they perform and make businesses successful. It's not rocket science. The science bit is utilised in order to wake up leaders to see that their organisations need to be evolutionary.... not rigid legacy ("But...but... we've always done it that way!"). For example, let's stop using organisation charts based on a design from the 1800s and figure out how we reach each other and the customer without having our names in little boxes connected by lines. Personally, I don't want my relationships to be defined and limited by lines. And I certainly don't want to be put in a box whilst I'm still alive."
Registered disabled, Gwenhwyfar refused to have a walking stick and won a UAE inspirational Mum award for learning to run, not walk, in six weeks after her son, his words limited being on the spectrum, told her she had to get better as she was Wonder Woman. She is qualified in medical tattooing, to help cover scars and support women who have undergone mastectomies, and recently released her first children's book, "The Lonely Building" (inspired by her son's imagination).