The Institute

Genesis of the Institute

“I remember when my mother described her tragic experience as a survivor of the Cambodian genocide in the 70’s. Once she paused, looked at me in the eyes, and said: son, I was determined to live and bring the entire family alive to a safe land and start a new life. She believed she could, so she did…
She escaped the Khmer Rouge, and brought the entire family to the Western world where I was born shortly after. What I saw in her was a Passion for Life and a genuine sense of a purpose and meaning for that next life which she was longing for. Without a doubt, she unconsciously transferred to me that Passion for Life and this tenacity. This brought me to live a Life with many Passions which I have never given up: singing for more than 20 years, travelling in over 50 countries, travel and ethnic portrait photography for more than 15 years, as well as a perseverance in the corporate world which brought me to several leadership roles in multinational companies. I have persistently told myself and people around me: Live your Life with Passion, and so I did and will do so…” – Sok-ho Trinh: passionologist, CEO & co-founder of the Institute of Passion.

Our mission: We want to unleash Passion in People and organizations for the World to thrive sustainably.

What is our vision for the future?

By 2030, 1 billion people in the World will unleash their Passions for themselves and for others.

What core values do we share?

Authenticity | Freedom | Respect | Fulfilment | Passion

The Team

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Sok-ho Trinh

Co-founder and CEO

Growing people | Singing | Photography

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Valentina Passoni

Co-founder

Empowering people | Music | Coaching

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Faisal Khan

Co-founder

Growing people | Fulfilling lives | Teaching

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Ancuta Alupoaei

Passion Ambassador

Nature | Travelling | Marketing

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Lori Shook

Co-founder and applied neuroscience practice leader

Coaching | Good food | Good wine

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Paul Sipasseuth

Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer

Sharing | Creativity | Disruptive Technology

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Tia Moin

Passion Ambassador

My family | Playing Guitar | Psychology

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Martin Louvel

Passion Ambassador

Growing People | Entrepreneuship | Sustainability

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Rabieh Adib

Co-founder and Deputy CEO

Growing people | My family | Learning

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Tom Goldstein

Co-founder

Nature | Psychology | Well-being

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Josep Curto

Co-founder and Chief Data Science Officer

Crunching numbers | My family

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Abdoulaye Senoussi

Co-founder & Head of operations

Learning | Entrepreneurship | Family Spirit

Board of strategic and scientific advisors

Dr Itai Ivtzan | Positive psychologist, senior lecturer, program leader of MAPP, honorary senior research associate | PhD

Dr Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all become super-heroes, and gain super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion. Isn’t this an amazing prospect?

Dr. Itai Ivtzan is a positive psychologist, senior lecturer, and program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). He is also an honorary senior research associate at University College London (UCL). Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ivtzan has run seminars, lectures, workshops and retreats in the UK and around the world, at various educational institutions and at private events. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences. He published several books, as well as many journal papers and book chapters. His main areas of research are positive psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality. Dr. Ivtzan is confident that mindfulness meditation has the power to change individuals – in fact, whole societies – for the better. Accordingly, he has been investing much time in studying mindfulness academically, writing books about it, teaching it, and training mindfulness teachers. He is the author/co-author of:

– Awareness is Freedom: The Adventure of Psychology and Spirituality
– Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Meditation and Wellbeing
– Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life
– Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated Positive Practice

If you wish to get additional information about his work or contact him, please visit www.SchoolofPositiveTransformation.com

Nathalie Lorrain | Member of the Scientific Council of Intercultural management, Professor, CEO | MSc, Cert. Demographics, Cert. Social Legislation

With a strong passion for people, Nathalie became a global expert in Cultures. Having lived and worked as an expatriate in central Europe and Russia, Nathalie co-founded Itineraire Interculturel, the very first consulting firm specialized in the science of intercultural issues.

She currently works with 40% of the French listed companies.

Nathalie was the President of SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research) Europa in 2005, General secretary of SIETAR France for 8 years, Vice President of the FIAFE, the International Federation of French Center for the French and francophones abroad for 9 years, professor at ESSEC, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and the French University of Evry Val d’Essone. In her spare time she enjoys writing and is the author of numerous books.

 

Mark Fritz | Leadership author, Professor, mentor | BSc

Mark Fritz is an “International”, and focused on helping executives to successfully lead across distance and cultures and still have a life! He is an expert in the leadership best practices that drive “ownership” for achievement and is an adjunct professor at the Porto Business School in Porto, Portugal. He has taught at business schools throughout Europe, including the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, and mentors executives from across the world.

Mark brings the experience of an International Business career with Eastman Kodak Company to his teaching, having lived and worked in across the world (in the USA, Singapore, Egypt, Italy, Netherlands, Japan and the UK). He has worked in various areas of the business (IT, Customer Services, Distribution and Quality), and led Enterprise Systems Implementations, International Operations, and Business Model Developments.

Mark speaks regularly on leading across distances and cultures and is affiliated with the global speaking bureau CSA Speakers. His keynote talk is: WHY YOU NEVER WASH A RENTAL CAR (on leadership success using the power of ownership). He is associated with the Global Leaders in Law group www.globalleadersinlaw.com, and delivers seminars on leadership to General Counsels throughout the world. Mark is also the author of Lead & Influence: Get More Ownership, Commitment and Achievement from your Team; The Truth About Getting Things Done, and Time to Get Started; and is the founder of the Daily Thoughts Foundation (www.dailythoughtsfoundation.com) that has a goal to sell eBooks of the thoughts and provide funding to charities in developing countries.

Mark is a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree from the California University (PA) and lives in London, UK with his Japanese wife Atsuko.

His business motto is: Lead your People to OWN It!

His personal model: Grow to be the Person to Achieve it.

Sunčica Getter | Faculty member, individual and systemic coach, facilitator, trainer and lecturer | MA, PCC, ORSC, CPCC

Sunčica is an ICF accredited individual and systemic coach, facilitator, trainer and lecturer with over 20 years of experience in learning and development, of which 10 specifically in coaching.

Her practice has a strong focus on leadership development and culture change. Sunčica’s passion is equipping her clients to have a strong and intentional impact in their area of influence, based on their talents and strengths, as she believes this is what leadership today is all about.

Sunčica has worked regularly with corporations, partnerships and other organizations, such as European Commission, United Nations, American University in Paris, Clore Leadership Program, and others, on team and leadership development through assessment based design and delivery of short and long-term programs.

She also has extensive experience as a coaching skills trainer and lecturer at the Faculty of Media and Communication in Belgrade, and in various European organisations in the area of professional development.

Sunčica is a faculty member of CRR Global www.crrglobal.com, and has been delivering their cutting edge systemic coaching program to CRR Global clients across key European centres (UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Turkey). She is also a consultant at Performance Consultants International, www.performanceconsultants.com, delivering executive coaching, mentoring, open and in house coaching programs for companies such as Volvo, Capital One and Lloyds.

By origin and temperament, Sunčica is from Kragujevac, Serbia. She is a  Londoner by home and spirit, where she is raising two daughters with her American husband. By heart, she believes in differences but not in boundaries, and she can see her self in no other way but as a citizen of the world.

Suncica holds MA and BA from the University of Belgrade and she has studied coaching with CTI and CRR Global, and the Tavistock .

Her guiding belief: Knowledge, self-awareness and open heart are the doorway to passion, power and creativity.

Her inspiration: “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor Frankl

Roque Adrada | Executive Director | J.D, MM, CMTS, PhD (ABD) in talent management

Roque is the Executive Director of Career Services for Deusto Business School. Before managing the Career Services, Roque Adrada, worked as Director of Business Development at Deusto Business School, as Associate Director in the Careers Services Department at IE Business School (one of the leading Higher Education and Executive Development Institutions in the world), in the Embassy of Spain in Stockholm and as a consultant for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Switzerland and Peru.

In addition to his role at DBS, Roque is pursuing the PhD International Mention in Talent Management with a thesis proposal: “Attracting and Retaining High Potential Leaders: Building a Competitive Advantage Strategy”.

Roque has completed his education in five different countries, Spain, Portugal, UK, France and US with executive courses about leadership at Harvard Business School and London School of Economics and Political Science.

Runner-up of the National League of University Debate, Roque has held three scholarships and has combined his responsibilities with social projects.

Specialties: Business Competitiveness, Business Development, International Business, Higher Education Administration, Talent Acquisition, Retention, Talent Management, Career Services, Career Counseling

 

Luis Mateos Keim | Entrepreneur, strategist, start up mentor | MBA, BA

Passionate for innovation and entrepreneurship, Luis has spent the last 15 years founding companies, mentoring start-ups, teaching and strategizing. He is a meta-entrepreneur who loves to create, innovate, and disrupt things that just don’t match today’s people and society’s needs.

Luis has been creating businesses and organizations in a wide range of fields, including a telco in the Spanish mobile market, which is positioned in marketing and sales. In addition, he is the creator of ecosystems around start-ups and social enterprises, and an innovator in Academia. His current project, Osmotic, is focused on disrupting business schools.

Luis loves people and finds it more rewarding than anything else to enable others to succeed through networking, shaking the status quo, questioning and giving feedback. He is a facilitator and a mentor with an MBA from the IE Business School and a BA in Management.

His motto in life is: Never underestimate the underlying Darwinism of status quo.