Dr. Kirsti Samuels
Leadership and Strategy Consultant
Dr. Kirsti Samuels is faculty at Columbia University where she teaches Leadership and Management in Moments of Adversity and Opportunity at the School of International and Public Affairs. She is a Principal of KS Insight, a leadership and strategy consultancy based in New York City and the Executive Director of the Adaptive Leadership Network.
Dr. Samuels has spent 20 years as a mediator, facilitator, trainer and executive coach in countries and organizations seeking innovative approaches to complex problems. She has worked with executive teams, senior country leadership, and armed rebel groups. She has worked extensively in highly divided societies and has particular interest in creating spaces for dialogue and alignment across divisions. Clients range from the President of the Comoros Islands, the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, the US Department of State, the United Nations, the World Bank, to the American Hospital Association and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
Kirsti holds a Doctorate in Law from Oxford University, a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Science and Law from Sydney University.