Diana is a co-founder and co-director of the Uncharted Leadership Institute. In her work as a facilitator, consultant and coach, Diana weaves together a range of disciplines including Adaptive Leadership, Complexity Theory, Adult Development and Process Oriented Psychology to help people become better leaders and make a positive impact in the world around them. She believes that leadership is an activity that anyone can engage in, regardless of background or position.
Diana is particularly interested in ‘sand box leadership’ – creating experiential learning opportunities where people can develop more self-awareness and comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty.
Diana has taught on a variety of leadership programs, including as a Faculty member with Harvard University Kennedy School of Government for ‘The Art & Practice of Leadership Development’; Social Leadership Australia’s adaptive leadership programs, including ‘Sydney Leadership’; The University of Adelaide and The University of Texas LBJ School of Government’s ‘Transformative Leadership’; and Leadership Victoria’s ‘Adaptive Leadership Masterclasses with Marty Linsky’.
Diana is co-author of ‘Not Knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity’, with Steven D’Souza, published by LID Publishing, London and launched at Harvard University in May 2014. Writing the book she was inspired by her experience fleeing her country of birth, Romania, in 1987 to an unknown future in a new country, and the process of continuous professional reinvention covering the fields of law, marketing, refugee advocacy and leadership development.
Not Knowing is the winner of the Chartered Management Institute ‘Book of the Year’ award 2015 in the U.K. and has been translated in eight languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Simple and Complex Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Hungarian.
Diana’s passion for people, learning and creativity give her work meaning. She lives with her husband and two children in Melbourne, Australia.