Yu Dan Shi

Yu Dan is a sought after executive coach, mentor, facilitator, and speaker and works with many leading Australian and global companies.


Areas of Expertise


  • Leadership brand
  • Executive communication and presence
  • Career mentoring
  • Women in leadership
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Culture integration




Yu Dan Shi is a thought leader on leadership development, culture transformation, and building inclusive high performing organisations. She is a sought after executive coach, mentor, facilitator, and speaker and works with many leading Australian and global companies. She spends most of her time working with professionals & executives in Australia and across Asia Pacific, helping them become better leaders and communicators.


Business Background and Experience


Prior to launching her own practice, Yu Dan held various senior leadership roles within Fortune 100 companies. She was the Asia Pacific Director of Strategy at Adobe, Chief Marketing Officer for Lenovo and Cisco in Australia & New Zealand, and Head of Software & Peripherals brand for Dell Asia Pacific. She also led the coaching practice for Right Management, a global management consultancy.


Yu Dan has a Master of Coaching Psychology from University of Sydney, as well as an MBA from University of Newcastle. Yu Dan developed her Inner Genius methodology during her Doctoral study with University of Wollongong which explores strength-based career and leadership development.


Yu Dan was the formal Board Director for Australia Computer Society and Chair for ACS Women Board. Yu Dan walks the talk, not only she was an executive actively driving inclusive culture, she also plays an active role in partnering with organisations on Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.




In addition to working with corporations, Yu Dan is also on a mission. She runs a public program Discover Your Inner Genius with the aim helping professionals & executives understand their unique strengths so they learn how to leverage it for better job satisfaction, engagement and performance.


Qualifications and Memberships


  • Certified Organisational Coach, Level Two, IECL
  • Coaching SME, Leadership Coach – Right Management, a global talent consultancy
  • Master Facilitator – Lead Strategy
  • Education: Master of Coaching Psychology (University of Sydney); Doctoral Program Recipient (University of Wollongong)
  • Diagnostics: Realise2 Strength, Hogan, SHL, Birkman Method, VIA Character Strength


Recent Client Engagements


  • Global agency - coached a senior director on his leadership style and stakeholder management in his new leadership role
  • Fortune 100 technology company - coached several senior directors in leadership and communication style
  • Global food company - coached a sales director in transitioning into a general management role
  • Software company - coached several female senior managers and directors in leadership, communication and team building skills