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Endorsements – Financial Services

Dr Gaia Grant speaking at the First Sentier Global Reimagine Conference, alongside an all-star lineup, (Dr Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics). The conference was designed to help global leaders question their understanding and their preparedness for the future.

We have worked with market leaders including:

Alliance  |  AMP  |  ANZ  |  Alipay (Ant Financial / Dana)  |   Barclays  |  Citibank  |  Credit Suisse  |  Deutsche Bank  |  Daimler Financial Services  |  First Sentier  |  Goldman Sachs |  HSBC | JP Morgan  |  Munich Re  |  Mizuho Bank | NAB  | Prudential |  S&P Global  |  Swiss Re  |  Standard Chartered  |  UBS  |  Visa Card  |  World Bank.

Inside the box innovation- Inside the box innovation refers to the practice of innovating within constraints. Future-proofing the financial services industry necessitates striking a delicate balance between innovation and stability. By achieving this equilibrium, companies can ensure their long-term success and relevance in an ever-changing market. Leaders in the finance and insurance sector must embrace this paradox and find a balance between being safe and conservative while also being innovative and forward-thinking. Although “innovative” and “innovation leadership” are related, they are two distinct topics that require careful consideration. This is especially relevant for an industry that needs to innovate to stay relevant but is also constrained by external restrictions. Full Article

“You did an amazing job to help us translate big ideas into execution.”

Agnes Durlik | Head of Portfolio, Governance & Change | AMP BANK , Video

“A well-received session with value adds for attendees (including CEO and exec team).”   Score 4.39/5

Professional Development Conference Manager. Australia | AMP (CHARTER)

“This was the best program I’ve ever seen.”

Regional CEO | DAIMLER (DFS) , Video

“We got the results we were looking for”

Joachim Wessling Country CEO | ALLIANZ, Video

“Very helpful for our executive team and applicable to everyone in the company”

Vincent Iswara, CEO Indonesia DANA (JV WITH ALIPAY / ALIBABA / ANT FINANCIAL ) , Video

“Top marks for helping us ensure that the whole issue of creating a supporting culture that enables our key strategic initiatives, becomes successful.”

John Gilbert Global Operations, London UK | UBS INVESTMENT BANK

“Thank you for your passion and commitment. It was a splendid day that met everyone’s expectations.”

Nalin Fernando | Director & Regional Business Manager | Group Audit | Asia Pacific DEUTSCHE BANK

“One of the best train the trainer programs we’ve used, receiving great feedback from all the managers we have put through this globally.”

Sharon Padgett | Learning & Development Manager (USA) | VISA INTERNATIONAL

“Our business is predominantly sales, and one of the biggest hurdles we deal with is to get individuals who are rewarded individually to work as a team. The time that my teams spent with Tirian helped the members discover the value of not only teamwork but also the value of having a diverse team and accepting the different qualities of each member and capitalizing on those qualities to reach higher goals.

The other unique challenge we have is our teams are made up of several different cultures, and the program that was taught by you and your colleagues helped immensely towards developing acceptance, awareness and respect for each and every team member. I guess the goal of sending our staff on these team-building weekends is not only harmony in the office but also to increase revenue.

Within the 12 months of the first session with your company I am happy to say that the team has moved from third to first ranking in their market. Revenues are up and we have a harmonious atmosphere in that area. Challenges still lie ahead for the team as they bring on new staff and I’m sure they will be drawing on their experiences with Tirian to deal with this and other issues they are sure to encounter.”

Craig Smyth | Managing Director Asian Interest Rate Derivatives | GFI GROUP Pte Ltd

“An extremely well facilitated, engaging and well-organized program.”

Dan Balasundaram: Associate Director, Business Management | S&P GLOBAL RATINGS

“For the last six months since TIRIAN’S course it has been pretty smooth sailing in terms of project work. I haven’t had to handle any emotional issues or conflicts within the group, which is pretty amazing. This certainly never happened for the 2 years previous to that, and on top of that, we have been meeting deadlines for projects are that directly within our control – everyone is much more cooperative, is displaying fantastic teamwork, commitment and understanding. The outcome is certainly very impressive.”

Project Leader | DEUTSCHE BANK

“The program for our Investment Professionals was not only entertaining and informative, but also highly relevant to our group. We appreciate the time you took us before and after the program and appreciate your personal touch and passion for what you do. Many expressed how their initial skepticism for ‘team-building’ was very quickly dissolved from the on-set of the program. They unanimously agree that the time went past in a flash and found concrete takeaways from the activities. A resounding theme from the participants was the gratitude and surprise on the upside, that their intellects were not insulted!”

Investment Professionals HK | GOLDMAN SACHS

“Extremely well received, thoroughly enjoyable, very professionally put together … with some great takeaways.”


“It was a fantastic time of fun and learning and we now look to the future with great excitement.”


“I know this will last in our peoples’ minds for many years to come. I was most impressed with your attention to detail and overall management of the training program. Feedback has been exceptionally positive, with comments such as “Will never forgot what we learnt”,   “an unforgettable experience”,  “life changing” and “spectacular in every way.” I really appreciate the time and effort you put into making things “special” for our people.”

Senior Consultant Sales Leadership | NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK

Andrew Grant preparing a headline keynote event for AMP in Dubai.

The day prior, he ran a full design thinking workshop with the CEO and Executive team to ensure AMP can be better prepared for the future.

Previous speakers at this event included Steve Wozniak and Coach Carter- a hard act to follow!

Dr Gaia Grant was commissioned to research challenges in developing company culture by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). The final report highlighted insights from the boardrooms of Australia’s biggest corporations on how directors see culture in an organization and what impact it has on achieving the long-term goals. The insights are based on interviews with senior directors of ASX 50 companies. This was a result of the “The Haynes Royal Commission”, which revealed a toxic culture of ‘dishonesty and greed’ in the Australian finance sector that led to major misconduct. Read the article here