Debi’s expertise is in leading global organisations across diverse sectors to innovate with, for and around the customer.
Bringing years of award-winning experience with her, she inspires her clients’ and their customers to collapse the walls, walk in each others’ shoes and co-create the kind of value no-one else can.
Based in London, Debi is CEO of innovation agency Department of Change, where she focuses on brand, product and cultural innovation. She is also Director of Creativity & Innovation at coaching and training consultancy The Reinvention Works.
She works with companies just starting up, those disrupting the market and those reinventing themselves to reclaim their lead. Among her current clients are King Games, WaterAid, EDF Energy, EY, Virgin Media, Virgin Wine, Direct Line and Experian.
Having started out in South Africa as a journalist working at the height of apartheid, Debi also served as Secretary of the Democratic Party in the country’s biggest constituency. She then moved into advertising, working as a creative at McCann and DMB&B before joining Proximity BBDO, where she became the first Innovation Director appointed to the executive board of a UK comms agency.
Over the years, she has won over 110 international awards for innovation, creativity, strategy and research. Among her collection are Grand Prix and Golds from Cannes Lions, New York Festivals, London International Awards, MediaGuardian, Market Research Society, iab and the DMA. (Though perhaps she’s proudest of winning an Index on Censorship Prize awarded by late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.)
Contact Magazine said of her work that it “signals how brands revolutionise the way they communicate with their audiences”.
Today she also shares those revolutionary ideas by speaking at Conferences, most recently in Serbia; judging awards shows, from the Cannes Lions to the DMAs; designing the ‘Campaign for great British copywriting’ as Writer-in-Residence of the DMA; and running the School of Change, a training programme for young innovators.
Danny Kalman FCIPD, Talent Management Consultant, Executive Coach, Speaker and Facilitator
Danny’s expertise is supporting organisations to adopt an inclusive talent management strategy. He works with companies to ensure they have the right people in the right place at the right time to maximise business results.
Danny was Director of Global Talent at Panasonic Corporation from 2008-2013. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of their global Talent Management’s policies and procedures. Danny was responsible for leading a more systematic approach in the identification and development of Panasonic’s key personnel. A key responsibility was to interview Managing Directors and their top team globally to discuss their strengths and development needs and then agree their career plan moving forward.
Prior to becoming Director of Global Talent Danny worked as the first non-Japanese HR Director of the company’s European operations. He was responsible for HR staff in 15 countries, worked closely with the Business Domains in Japan and was a Board Member of Panasonic Europe.
Since April 2013 Danny has established his own talent management consultancy. He advises high profile companies on their talent strategies, is an ICF accredited coach, speaks regularly at conferences on talent management and has led leadership development programmes in Asia and South America. His extensive experience of working within a Japanese culture has led to him being appointed as a consultant with Deloitte, supporting the leadership development of their Japanese clients.
Danny is the co-author of a book on global talent management which was published by Wiley’s in October 2014. The book is called ‘Make Your People Before You make Your Product’ —using Talent Management to achieve competitive advantage in Global Organisations. His second book on inclusive talent management, co-authored with Steve Frost, was published by Kogan Page in July 2016. During the last 15 months Danny has had the opportunity to discuss with many global companies their policies on Diversity and Inclusion and as a result has gained many valuable insights.