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Our Team


Samuel Lam

Samuel M. Lam is based in Singapore and is the President and Managing Partner of Linkage Asia. One of the leading practitioners in the field of leadership development in Asia, Sam has created some of the most highly regarded leadership development programs for both Singapore and global clients. His relationship with some of these clients span multiple years across multiple borders. His work also focuses on the development of leadership competency models to support business growth, innovation, performance culture and change. In addition, Sam serves as executive coach and adviser to a number of notable CEOs and senior government officials in Singapore, Europe, and Asia. Clients have included Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Prudential, Disney, Philips, Bank of China, Nestle, Deutsche Bank, Prime Minister’s Office Singapore and various organs of the Singapore Government. Sam’s expertise spans several areas of leadership development: executive coaching, executive selection, performance improvement of top teams, development of talent pipelines, and assessment of top talent. His special interest is in the area of top team effectiveness, executive derailment and rebound and executive energy. He co-authored Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook (Second Edition) with Marshall Goldsmith and David Giber, published by John Wiley in 2009. Prior to his appointment at Linkage Asia, Sam was the Managing Consultant for Towers Perrin Singapore, where he led an office of top human resources practitioners in performance leadership, executive compensation, sales incentive design, compensation design and talent management. Previously, he was Director of the Hay Group in Singapore, where he spent five years leading major projects in leadership development, organizational improvement, and performance management. Sam graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California and has an M.A. from the National University of Singapore.

David Giber

David Giber is Executive Vice President. David has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development, human resource management, leadership development, and executive coaching. He has consulted with leaders from a wide variety of international corporations, universities, and other organizations on issues such as succession planning, management development, action learning, executive coaching, and developing performance and selection systems.  His specialty is transforming companies into high-performing organizations by creating integrated talent management and leadership systems with measurable business impact. David is recognized in North America as a leader in leadership development. He has been a principal speaker at numerous international conferences relating to leadership development. He is also the editor of two top-selling books in the field, Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook 1st and 2nd edition and Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices in Organizational Development and Change Handbook, as well as a contributing author for The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching. Prior to joining Linkage in 1992, David served in senior management positions in human resources and leadership development for leading companies in the high-tech, financial services, and travel industries. David is an industrial/organizational psychologist who received his BA degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Duke University.

Vivian Lo

Vivian Lo is Managing Consultant for Hong Kong and Greater China. She is a highly regarded executive coach who has served boards, senior management teams and been advisor to notable leaders throughout Asia. Prior to her consulting career, for almost 30 years, Vivian has held senior leadership roles in Human Resource Management and Leadership Development roles in multi-national organizations. Her previous employers include Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Prudential Assurance and Jardine Group of Companies in Asia Pacific. Through coaching, influencing, and guiding senior leaders and highly talented professionals in these companies, Vivian has developed invaluable insights in the development of aspirations and effectiveness of leaders. As a Leadership Consultant, Vivian specializes in senior leadership coaching, top team effectiveness and talent management advisory and consulting. Her expertise lies in the identification, coaching and development of individual leaders and leadership teams. Her work focuses on optimizing individual and team potential, thereby improving business and organizational performance. As an Executive Coach, Vivian has successfully helped individual leaders and leadership teams attain high level of satisfaction and effectiveness in their work. According to some of her coachees, which include Chairmen and CEO’s of sizeable organizations, while patient and caring, Vivian often instills a strong sense of urgency and visioning in her coaching.   Her astuteness in organizational dynamics and leadership challenges, particularly in fast-paced and complex organizations, has helped many see through hurdles and stagnation in their leadership journey. Being Asian and a consummate corporate leader herself in multi-cultural work place, Vivian is a unique thought-partner to those who aspire to lead in multi-national and global organizations. Some of Vivian’s recent clients include Lenovo, Bank of China, China Resources Company, CLP Power, HSBC, ING, the Leighton Group, and Maxim’s. Vivian is a certified practitioner in major personality assessment instruments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Hogan Assessment Tools. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Warwick in England.

Desley Khew

Desley Khew is Principal Consultant. She has 15 years experience in management development and strategic human resource. The scope of her work extends to all areas of talent management. Desley has served as executive coach to senior executives in both private and public sectors across Asia. Her expertise lies in designing and facilitating executive development programs, leadership team effectiveness, and transforming corporate cultures. Prior to her appointment at Linkage, Desley was the Section Head of HR Planning at Singapore Airlines. In this role, her responsibilities included managing the manpower budget, performance management, and inter-company benchmarking on HR practices. Before that Desley was a Consultant at Towers Perrin and her client engagements included leadership development, performance and change management, communications, and pay work. Desley is also a contributing author for Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices for Succession Planning published by Pfeiffer (2007). Some of Desley’s clients include Abacus, Aviva, Brady Corporation, CIMB Group, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Competition Commission Singapore, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Edwards Lifesciences, Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia), Fairchild Semiconductor, GlaxoSmithKline, Hasbro, International Centre for Leadership in Finance (Bank Negara), National Environment Agency (Singapore), OCBC Bank, Panasonic, Petronas, Prudential, RHB Bank, Singtel, Singapore Exchange, Sumitomo-Mitsui Banking Corporation, Syngenta, Themed Attractions And Resorts Malaysia, and Unilever. Desley is certified in a variety of psychometric instruments and diagnostic assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Leadership Assessment Instrument, Benchmarks-360, Emotional Readiness Index, Firo-B, the Occupational Personality Questionnaire, Hogan Personality Inventory, Hogan Development Survey, and the Hogan Motives Values Preferences Inventory. She also has a Certification in Counseling Skills. Desley graduated with a B.A. (1st Class Honors) from the University of Westminster (U.K.), and a MSc. in Organizational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (U.K.).

Yulee Teng

Yulee Teng is Senior Consultant. She has close to 15 years of corporate Human Resources management experience in global financial institutions. The scope of her work includes leadership, organizational development and talent management. Yulee specializes in talent management consulting and senior leadership development with a focus on coaching women leaders. Prior to joining Linkage Asia, she was Resourcing and Talent Planning Director for Asia Pacific at Citibank. In this role, her responsibilities included developing and implementing talent management strategies across 18 countries. She designed and managed talent development initiatives and programs for top executives as well as internal staffing for key positions. She also specialized in formulating and integrating Diversity and Inclusion into the bank’s business strategy to drive a meritocratic and high-performance culture. Prior to Citibank, she was Associate Director in Human Resources at UBS AG, responsible for graduate recruitment for Asia Pacific. Before that, she managed the recruitment efforts for the Capital Markets businesses at Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific. Yulee began her career in Human Resources as a search consultant at Korn/Ferry International specializing in banking and consulting industries. She has also worked in the hospitality industry in the United States and Hong Kong. Since joining Linkage Asia, Yulee has been engaged in consulting projects for financial services companies and major local corporates and advisory work for the development of women leaders. Yulee holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.