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Steven D'Souza

Award-winning bestselling author, international educator, coach, advisor and keynote speaker.


Steven D’Souza is an international educator in HR, leadership and talent management who has delivered talks and presentations to global brands and organizations.

His work has been featured in national and international media and he was ranked as one of the Top 30 Influential Thinkers in HR globally by HR Magazine.


Videos of Steven D'Souza


Steven D'Souza speaker | The wisdom of Not Knowing | TEDxClapham | 2016
Steven D'Souza speaker | In Praise of the Ordinary | TEDxBucharest | 2011

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About Steven D'Souza


Steven D’Souza is an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Leadership, Diversity and Social Capital at IE Business School and a member of the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre. He is an international executive educator, coach, advisor, speaker and award-winning bestselling author who has worked at the interface of the world’s leading business schools and corporations to design transformational learning interventions for senior executives.

Steven has had a diverse career, becoming a Vice President in an investment bank before he was 30. He has global experience across many industries and has worked in the fields of HR, Leadership and Talent Management, Diversity, Organisational Development, Recruitment and Internal Communications. 

Keeping his links with industry, Steven brought his corporate experience into education, becoming an Executive Fellow for IE Business School in 2008 consulting to them on the design, content and experience of their international customised programmes. Steven has orchestrated their Global Executive MBA as well as the Global Senior Management Programme, with Chicago Booth GSB.

He has worked independently, from graduate to Board level including CEO, with a range of firms such as Amex, Barclays, BT, Credit Suisse, Eurostar, Facebook, Financial Times, Goldman Sachs and PwC. He has also delivered workshops and talks for the United Nations ILO, On Purpose, the Hub Connections, TEDx and the Windsor Fellowship among several other social enterprises and government organisations. He has spoken in places as diverse as Tbilisi, Bucharest, Melbourne, Shanghai and Sofia. He has also worked extensively in the Middle East.

Steven has served on the guest faculty team of the Adaptive Leadership programme at the Harvard Kennedy School and is part of the Duke CE Global Educator Network (ranked #1 globally for Custom Exec Education by the Financial Times for 13 years). He was Director of Programmes for the Financial Times IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance.

He has been a visiting lecturer on several programmes including at London Business School’s EMBA, the Masters in Organisations and Governance at the London School of Economics, and the IE Brown Executive MBA. Steven has a BA (Hons) in Theology, Philosophy, Religious Studies with History and an MSc in Organisational Consulting from Ashridge Business School. He has also has studied Adaptive Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, Appreciative Inquiry with its founder David Cooperider at Case Western Reserve University and Theory U with Dr Otto Scharmer from MIT.

Steven is also the author/co-author of three international bestselling books ‘Made in Britain’ with Patrick Clarke, about positive role models from diverse communities, sponsored free for schools in the UK. ‘Brilliant Networking’ which has been translated into several languages and featured in the Independent’s ‘Success at Work’ series. ‘Not Knowing’, co-authored with Diana Renner, is his third book, which examines leading to uncertainty and complexity and was launched at Harvard Kennedy School. It won the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Management and Leadership Book of the Year’ in 2015. His fourth book ‘Not Doing’ will be launched in February 2018.

Steven was also named in the Thinkers 50 RADAR list, www.thinkers50.com which is the premier ranking of world-class management thinkers most likely to change the future of business and management practice. Steven was ranked by HR Magazine as one of the Top 30 Influential thinkers in HR globally.

His expertise crosses the fields of psychology, organisational development, diversity, group dynamics and social capital and he is an experienced process consultant and executive coach.

Steven’s work has also been featured in national and international media. He served as the Ambassador for the Australian Institute of Management and in the past has been a Co-Chair of MERLIN (Business in the Community) and a Governor of the City of Westminster College. He has also directed programmes for the Windsor Fellowship educational charity.

Speaking Topics


Diversity and Inclusion

  • How we can learn from diverse role models
  • Overcoming unconscious bias
  • Managing diverse global teams

Social Capital and Networking

  • How to be an effective networker
  • Making the most of your network
  • How to achieve success through networking and social capital

Not Knowing

  • How to manage yourself in uncertainty
  • Leading your team through uncertainty and change
  • Building resilience
  • Innovation and creativity – finding the opportunity in ambiguity

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