From monk to venture capitalist and keynote speaker Kamal Sarma has transformed leaders and teams globally. Over the last 20 years he has delivered significant results for people and companies with his customised framework and teachings.

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An intro into The Art and Science of Human Connection

An intro into The Art and Science of Human Connection


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Kamal Sarma has had a unique background of training as a monk for 6 years as well as pursuing a corporate career. Kamal is the founder and director of Rezilium – a strategic leadership development firm specializing in taking organizations to their next stage of growth, by letting go of past assumptions and creating a new future.  Kamal has held senior executive positions in organizations, including McKinsey & Company, Eli Lilly and AMP Capital Investors. He has also been the co-founder of two venture capital businesses in the IT and biotech sectors. Kamal currently is a Chairman Amicus Digital an online digital disruption facilitator and the RUOK Thinktank 

Kamal is the author of 3 books: The international bestseller Mental Resilience: The Power of Clarity – How to develop the focus of a warrior and the peace of a monk. THE LEADERSHIP LEAP- (Un)Learning how to lead, was featured on Google talks. His latest book is WinWin Conversations: The Art and Science of Human Connection.

Kamal can help your team navigate today’s challenging landscape.  Helping them with complex and critical conversations.  Deliver superior results, reducing decision phobia and increasing sales and staff engagement. 

In addition to his corporate work Kamal is a co-founder of the Institute for Mental Resilience, an organization that amongst other activities supports rescuing young children from sex slavery in India, Nepal and Cambodia. He was recognized for his peace work between the Chinese and Tibetans in 2008. 

Kamal understands people and the dynamics of business at a deep level and specialises in increasing capability in these areas: 

  • Leadership (of team and self)
  • Resilience
  • Change
  • Human Connection
  • Communication
  • Culture


Speaking Topics

Develop your Resilience

Kamal will explore why resilience is becoming more important than any other trait at the personal, team and organisational level. He draws on his over 10 years work with leaders and teams from around the globe.

He will cover

  1. How do we create personal and professional resilience
  2. How leaders create mental and emotional resilience 
  3. What challenges lie ahead as we face change and can we can start to build resilient organisations to face theses inevitable challenges

The Art of Human Connection and Win Win Conversations

Kamal explores the power of insecurity and the role it plays in human connection. Over the last 14 years he and his team have conducted research on why we struggle to connect and how our little insecurities accumulate to destroy personal, family, organisational connection and hence create ongoing global crises.

He explores

  1. Why we were never taught how to communicate or connect.
  2. Why our insecurities drive our loneliness and disconnection.
  3. Who truly knows how to connect and what we can learn from letting go of our domination language.

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