Our People

Rajeev Peshawaria

Rajeev is the Founder and President of LEC, as well as CEO of Stewardship Asia Centre. Author of the Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller Open Source Leadership (McGraw Hill 2017), Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders (Simon & Schuster 2011), co-author of Be the Change (McGraw Hill 2014) and a regular writer for Forbes, Rajeev is an out-of-the-box thought leader on leadership, management and corporate governance.  He has extensive global experience in leadership and organizational consulting, with a particular focus on uncovering personal and organizational “leadership energy.”

Rajeev’s professional roots are in industry. Prior to starting LEC, he was CEO of the Iclif Leadership & Governance Centre based in Malaysia.  Formerly, he has been Chief Learning Officer of both Coca-Cola and Morgan Stanley, and has held senior positions at American Express, HSBC and Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Rajeev helped found Pine Street – the firm’s acclaimed leadership academy – and headed Pine Street for Europe and Asia. In his early career he was a banker and currency trader.

He has provided speaking, coaching, consulting and advisory services globally. His clients include Allianz, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Great Eastern, HSBC, Indian Railways, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, Mitsubishi, Maybank, Mohammad bin Rashid School of Government Dubai, Nike, Nestle, Permata Bank Indonesia, PwC, Prudential, Sinarmas Indonesia, US Treasury, US Securities & Exchange Commission, Zurich Insurance and many more. He also serves as guest faculty at leading business schools in the US, Europe and Asia.

Rajeev is a sought after international speaker and has been widely featured in international media platforms such as Bloomberg TV & radio, CNN, Knowledge@Wharton, European Financial Review, National Public Radio (NPR), Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Fast Company, Leader to Leader, American Management Association (AMA) magazine, Leadership Excellence magazine, The Times of India, The National Dubai, The Mint and the Conference Board.

In 2014 and 2017 he was named one of Top 100 Global Thought Leaders for Trustworthy Business by ‘Trust Across America.’  Rajeev and his family have lived in fifteen cities in eight countries.

If you wish to contact Rajeev directly, you may do so at rajeev@leadershipenergy.com

For more information, please visit Rajeev’s personal website www.rajeevpeshawaria.com


Ananth Lazarus

Ananth’s experiences span 33 years and he has held several senior executive positions at Microsoft, IBM and Compaq among others.

Ananth is a technology executive with deep expertise in General Management, P&L, Sales & Marketing, and has helped burgeoning tech companies break new ground in Asia Pacific and achieve scalable and sustainable growth.

He has diverse experiences across roles, geographies and cultures in the Asia Pacific region. This coupled with his entrepreneurial streak has ensured his success in leading breakthroughs and driving turnarounds.

Ananth spearheaded the biggest APAC channel ecosystem transformation at Microsoft post serving as their Managing Director for their Malaysia subsidiary with over 200 people. Ananth has helped in transforming many a technology company apart from garnering deep expertise across Enterprise, Commercial, SMB’s and start-ups. Today he also helps technology companies land, launch and scale in APAC leveraging the power of the ecosystem.

His passion for leadership and people has been core to his success and growth and he has built strong and agile leaders throughout his career. Ananth also coaches leaders and future leaders as they grapple with massive changes that are sweeping the world. He is known to build winning teams.

If you wish to contact Ananth directly, you may do so at ananth@leadershipenergy.com


José I. Leyún

José brings over 37 years of business leadership experience spanning banking, FMCG and executive search to LEC. He began his professional career in the banking sector in 1983. After several senior management positions in different leading financial Institutions (Bankinter, Continental Bank, B Santander and Argentaria) his last position in banking was CEO of the international network of Argentaria (USA, Latin America, Europe and Asia) with headquarters in New York, leading a 25-country coverage presence. After his experience in banking, he held Managing Director and General Manager roles in consumer and food service organizations.

Since 2001, José has been a leader in the global executive search industry and has executed hundreds of searches in a wide range of industries. Formerly CEO of the Amrop Partnership SCRL and Chairman of Amrop’s global Executive Board, he also has significant experience in Leadership Assessments. Having assessed hundreds of senior managers throughout his career, he was the Global Head of Amrop’s Leadership Assessment Practice from 2009 to 2015.

With a proven track record of exemplary professional service, José is a trusted advisor to the Boards of a range of international clients. He has been a member of several Executive Boards and acted as Chairman for many years in different bodies.

José holds a Bachelor of Science in Law and Economics from ICADE as well as a degree in Management Development from IESE. He is ACC certified in Executive and Team Coaching by ICF (International Coaching Federation). Certified in Sinergology (Body Language) and HOGAN assessment tools, he has attended executive development programs at IMD (Switzerland, 2011).

If you wish to contact José directly, you may do so at jose.leyun@leadershipenergy.com


Karen Shepherdson

Karen is a versatile and focused professional with broad experience of over 25 years in the corporate world, of which four (4) years, were at the C-suite level, leading and driving operational excellence with strong functional expertise.

Her leadership expertise comes from a unique understanding of the challenges faced by business heads who aspire to increase their leadership effectiveness, drawing from her own knowledge and track record of achieving successful outcomes. Karen uses her analytical capabilities and understanding of organizational contexts to design curricula, develop, and deliver leadership development programs that are relevant to address business needs.

She has worked with senior as well as emerging leaders from financial services, transportation, utilities, telecommunications, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, technology and the public sector in Malaysia, and has had clients from Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and China.

Karen’s expertise in Coaching enables her to help clients realise their full potential and is designed around clear outcomes. She connects easily with people and enables them to focus on enhancing their ability to lead with purpose and strong values.

For more information, please look up Karen on LinkedIn


Vikram Bapat

A Chartered Accountant, CPA, Certified Leadership Assessor and Coach, Vikram brings over 30 years of people and business leadership experience in the spectrum of Corporate and International Taxation to LEC. Having moved to consulting from the corporate sector in Finance functions, Vikram played key leadership roles as a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India, where he led multi-national client relationships and engagements. His initial learning of consulting ropes was with KPMG in India.

As a known thought leader on the subject of Special Economic Zones, he was privileged to be invited by the Latin American Free Zone Conference held in Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic in 2010, to speak on India’s Special Economic Zone regime and was provided the honor of an audience with the Hon’ble President of The Dominican Republic, H.E. E Fernandez.

Whilst at PwC, Vikram was nominated to participate in PwC’s global leadership program “Genesis Park” as a Partner mentor to influence large teams of multi-country potential leaders from the PwC network. This experience made him reflect his career goals and resulted in him pivoting from finance to leadership development.

To pursue his vision to catalyze human potential and unleash ethical leadership, he founded CONIFERLEAD, an assessment and development boutique, in 2014.  He was also a Partner at Grant Thornton India LLP leading the Culture Transformation practice.

Vikram strongly believes in setting aside time to pursue his interests in mid altitude trekking and river expeditions that he undertakes every year. Vikram is also a keen FERROEQUINOLOGIST – a train enthusiast and collector of model trains. When not outdoors, Vikram pursues his study of trains and of history, particularly military history. Vikram feels strongly about climate change and animal welfare.

If you wish to contact Vikram directly, you may do so at vikrambapat@leadershipenergy.com