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

Kamal Sarma can work to your brief. His two most popular topics are:


Develop your Resilience

In a world of change, technology and disruption people are being put to the test. Kamal will explore why resilience is becoming more important than any other trait at the personal, team and organisational level. Kamal is the author of Mental Resilience – The Power of Clarity - How to develop the focus of a warrior and focus of a monk. He can unpack resilience as a topic while drawing on over 15 years work with leaders and teams from around the globe.

You will learn
  • How to develop personal and professional resilience to thrive
  • How can leaders and teams can create mental and emotional resilience
  • What challenges lie ahead and how can we can start to build resilient organisations to face change
Win Win Conversations

How To Courageously Navigate Your Most Challenging, Complex And Critical Conversations

Get ready to transform your mindset on communication. Kamal explores the power of connection and what impact it has on people and organisations. Over the last 15 years Kamal and his team have conducted research on why we struggle to connect and how this destroys our teams and culture. When we understand how to communicate on a different and deeper level it shifts our results and relationships.

He explores
  • The principals of Win Win Conversations and how to apply them
  • How to identify disconnection then drive connection between company, teams, clients and customers
  • How to transform your people and improve bottom line results by implementing the principals of Win Win


Thank you for the presentation you gave to our Annual National Conference. The feedback we received from everyone who attended was that they loved your presentation.
- JLF Corporation

A stimulating presentation of what makes our minds tick.....Kamal is engaging and thought provoking; anyone who wants to be take on new challenges needs to understand how their minds work. All of our top clients benefited greatly from his keynote speech on leadership
- Asgard Wealth Solutions

Your presentation was fantastic and I am keen to read your book. The guest feedback was excellent. You have fantastic presentation skills and a true ability to communicate a sometimes difficult subject to the everyday person. Bravo!
- The Golden Door Elysia Health Retreat

Kamal was a fantastic keynote speaker. He engaged everyone of the 300 people who attended our event. They were all leaning forward, totally involved in the conversation he was having with them. His stories resonated and he delivered them with lots of passionate energy. Entertaining and fun, everyone learnt a lot from his experiences and expertise. Kamal is 10 out of 10 !
- Director Australia Media Federation

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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Dale Beaumont

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

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