Roland Deiser, PhD | Project Principal

Twitter: @rolanddeiser

Roland is the Chairman of the Center for the Future of Organization at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. His current work focuses on the impact of social technologies on leadership and organization, and on organizational capabilities required in disruptive business environments. Prior to this appointment he served for 10 years as a Senior Fellow with the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California (USC).

He has published more than 40 articles in scientific and professional journals and books and has been teaching at numerous universities in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Designing the Smart Organization: How Breakthrough Corporate Initiatives Drive Strategic Change and Innovation (2009) and co-author of the McKinsey Quarterly Article Six Social Media Skills Every Leader Needs (together with Sylvain Newton, 2013). His most recent book is Transformers - Executive Conversations About Creating Agile Organizations (2015).

Roland was the founding Dean of DaimlerChrysler's Corporate University and is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Executive Corporate Learning Forum (ECLF), a consortium of about 70 multinational corporations from 14 countries who have teamed up to share practices and jointly explore how to develop strategic and organizational capabilities in fast changing environments ( He has also been working in advisory and board positions with major global players such as BASF, Bertelsmann, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Telekom, E.ON, Siemens, or Xerox as well as with emerging growth companies, primarily in the digital media convergence space.

He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, California.


Sylvain Newton | Executive Fellow

Twitter: @sylvainnewton

Sylvain is the Global Head of Talent and Sourcing at Allianz Group, a global financial services provider with headquarters in Munich, Germany. He is also a founding Executive Fellow with the Center for the Future of Organization.

From 2012 to 2014 Sylvain was the Global Learning Leader for General Electric, as part of the Crotonville Corporate University. In this role he led all Crotonville activities globally and oversaw a team spanning all regions and GE businesses, serving an audience of 160,000 GE leaders. During his 15 years career at GE, Sylvain assumed responsibility in Leadership Development, Six Sigma and Integration roles, working in Cologne and Munich, Germany, in Brussels, Belgium and New-York, USA. 

Sylvain is the co-author of the McKinsey Quarterly "Six Social media skills every leader needs" and the Wharton Leadership Digest article "Social Technology and the Changing Context of Leadership" (both with Roland Deiser). He got his Master's degree in Business Administration at the Strasburg University, France, a Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Practices from Cornell University, US and studied Occupational Psychology at the University in Paris.