- Programme: Proteus
- Nationality: Australian
- Job Post-programme: Global Leadership Faculty Member Barclays Group
Education and career
Meena gained an Honours degree in Psychology from Manchester University, UK. She then went on to earn a postgraduate qualification in Organisational Studies and later worked for many years at ANZ Banking Group as Head of Leadership and Talent. Meena now heads up an organisational psychology practice, Talentinvest, and specialises in leadership succession, culture and talent consulting for organisations globally.
Thematic content and experiential style
My experience is built on 25 years of working within large multinationals in the area of leadership, culture and organisational design. As Director of Talentinvest I need to continually develop fresh insights which will enable my clients to run their businesses more effectively. I was an alumna of London Business School when I decided to become a Proteus participant, and the thematic content and experiential style of the learning intrigued me. After looking carefully at a number of senior executive programmes at other business schools around the world, I decided that, once again, London Business School was best positioned to give me what I needed at this stage of my career - that is, an experience that would enable me to both to grow as an individual, and to consolidate my existing insights and leadership experience.
An enriching peer group
My clients include publicly listed financial and professional services companies from around the globe, so for me, one of the huge benefits of Proteus was the exposure to a phenomenally talented group of senior executive participants from a wide-ranging number of countries and sectors and the enriching discussions that I experienced as part of this truly global group. But what really stood out, in fact, were the learning experiences on offer beyond the confines of the classroom. Be it the challenge of economic transformation in London or the innovation centres of excellence in Cambridge, each and every experience helped me recognise that the answers or solutions to an organisation’s creative challenges will often be found outside the confines of its walls.
Proteus exceeded my expectations. The most noticeable benefit is that it has enabled me to make numerous strategic linkages when developing a sustainable approach to leadership and organisational change. It has also challenged some of the academic and traditional ways in which I have previously viewed organisations. It is imperative that I stay at the cutting edge of my field; ultimately, Proteus made me question the whole process of leadership, and the way in which I manage change. I now see organisations as open connected systems and have been able to apply this approach to my client challenges.