Ms Michelle Sagan

ASB Director, Future of Work


Michele has 25 years of leadership, management and finance experience both in the UK and Malaysia, bringing critical leadership and management insights with her. Having headed various departments in organisations such as Optimal Insight, Asia School of Business, the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre, UBS, HSBC, and CIMB, Michele has grown business revenues and built client opportunities over the years, managing accounts up to RM2billion, while also developing expertise in a wide variety of areas, allowing her to advise, train, coach and mentor clients on leadership, strategic thought, change management, human capital development, managing culture, individual performance, career planning, and more.

A certified leadership development and human capital strategist, she has led, consulted, and facilitated on business strategy and human capital projects, working with board of directors and senior management teams in a wide range of areas e.g. strategic alignment, business innovation, learning and development, performance management, talent and culture transformation, and more, A certified instructional designer, international speaker and leadership trainer, she has designed and developed curriculum in the leadership and talent development space for MNCs, GLCs and the private sector, conducting senior management training in various areas with projects worth up to RM30 million. Her clients range from the C -suites to mid -management and hail from industries such as Oil and Gas, Construction, Finance, Telecommunication and SMEs. Her clients include the US Embassy, EPF, PNB, HSBC, Khazanah, Talentcorp, CIMB, Axiata, AirAsia, Hibiscus Petroleum, ADA, Bank Negara, Indian Railways and many more.

She is also a certified psychotherapist, executive coach as well as EQ practitioner, certified by ICF and 6seconds, the largest EQ organisation in the world and has coached thousands of senior management teams from MNCs, GLCs as well as SMEs.

She is also a key note speaker and panellist has spoken at various conferences and events such as those organised by The Economist, The Financial Times, Amcham and more. The topics include Future of Work, Talent Management, Organisational Transformation, DEI, Women Empowerment, Wellbeing and more. She was also interviewed by BFM radio on the Future of Work in Malaysia

She has a BSc and an MSc from the London School of Economics, UK and was a Malaysian JPA, British High Commission and Citibank scholar winning various academic awards including Top in the World for Economics from the Cambridge Board. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Future of Work, Organisations, Leadership and Talent of the Future. She is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Director Malaysia (ICDM), a Professional Member of the Malaysian Association of Professional Speakers, and a member of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapists. She was recognised by the Malaysian Book of Records for her contributions in 2014. In 2018, won the London Book Fair, “The Write Stuff” Competition in 2018 for her novel. Since then, she has been published in various journals and has written more than 10 books. Her current book is titled, “Future Shaping” and will be out in 2024. She was selected by the 30% Club Malaysia