CanCham Shanghai invites managers and consultants to this session to understand the reality of implementing Agile Leadership, recognize the ancient Chinese philosophy behind it and learn about the new science underpinning it.

A popular dictionary definition of Agile Leadership is "The craft of creating the right context for self-organization". Unfortunately, it has become a bit of a buzz word. So many have put some old consulting/services "wine" into new agile "bottles". What is the reality? This event will outline the old Chinese wisdom and new western science behind the buzz word. You will also hear from leaders who have applied it and enabled "self-organization" within a "hierarchy". The paradox is that Agile Leadership, when correctly applied, can enable self-organization to thrive yet still remain within a strictly defined hierarchy.


5 PM - 5:30 PM
Register and networking
5:30 PM - 6 PM
Introduction to the ancient Chinese philosophy and very modern western science
underpinning Agile Leadership, and Leadership 4.0 for VUCA* times
6 PM - 6:30 PM
Panel discussion
Senior leaders who have recently implemented this new approach
6:30 PM - 7 PM
Q&A, networking


  • Nick Obolensky (CEO of Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd)

    Nick Obolensky

    CEO of Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd


    An acclaimed international leadership expert with deep experience as practitioner (incl. youngest Major in the British Army, FTSE 100 director), academic (incl. INSEAD, CEDEP, LBS), consultant, coach and author of best-selling book “Complex Adaptive Leadership: Embracing Paradox and Uncertainty” (translated into Chinese as 未来领导力 “Future Leadership”)

    For more information about the trainer can visit www.ComplexAdaptiveLeadership.com

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  • Matt Whately (Executive Director of CamCham)

    Matt Whately

    Executive Director of CamCham

    Over 10 years of management & leadership in both private and public enterprises, with international experience in Canada and China. Entrepreneurial mindset, quality first, and driven.

    After gaining experience in the public sector at Industry Canada, Indian & Northern Affairs Canada, and the Department of National Defense, Matt moved to the private sector, joining Bell Canada. He then moved to media with Adjump, before relocating to Shanghai in 2012.

    Soon after, he founded Boar, a sports gear and apparel sourcing company. Then in 2015, he co-founded Five:IT, a creative tech agency.

    In 2019, Matt joined the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai as Deputy Director. In 2020, he was named Executive Director.

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  • Karl Hudson (Regional Director North Asia of Suttons International)

    Karl Hudson

    Regional Director North Asia of Suttons International

    Karl has worked in the Logistics industry for 30+ years for both MNC’s, family owned companies and also built his own company later selling to an investor. He has extensive experience of managing teams of 500+ down to teams of 2/3.

    Most of his experience has been in the Petrochemicals and Chemicals sector working with house holds names such as Exxon, Shell, Tesco, Huntsman & BASF along with many more. A key skill has been able to adapt to changing cultures within these organisations and recognising how to add value to their supply chains.

    He is a qualified coach and mentor and believes in allowing teams to have the space to evolve, plus that one should always employ people clever than yourself so that they can tell you what to do.

    Currently Karl is the Regional Director of North Asia for a UK Headquartered Chemical Logistics Company focussed on delivering Life’s Essentials globally; this is his third year in China.

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Member Price RMB 50
Standard Price RMB 100


BritCham Shanghai Office

上海市静安区成都北路333号 招商局广场 南楼 1108室
Room 1108, South Tower, M Place, 333 North Chengdu Rd, Shanghai

Shanghai Shi, China

If you have any questions please contact Info Cancham

Contact Organizer

+86 13817833071

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