Unconventional thinking that's big on impact.

We deliver breakthroughs for transformation to stick.

Unconventional thinking that's big on impact.

We deliver breakthroughs for transformation to stick.

About us

We’re Human at Work and we are a strategy lab. We’re a team of thinkers, creatives, explorers and problem solvers. We help leaders and organizations unlock and unleash potential so that their transformation plans stick.

We believe work needs to be fully human. Work that’s convention-busting, rewarding for the company and meaningful to its people that flies in the face of bureaucracy and the systems created by people from another era. Work that is designed by leaders who take their people into the unknown and create spaces where their people feel belonging. Where performance flows from passion and purpose and winning together. We know that great work creates a better world by tapping into what’s exponentially possible and bigger than anything any one of us can do by ourselves.

We develop strategies that are human-led and purpose-built. We help clients that are large and small. We work with organizations that are local and global, for profit and for impact, across industries, professions and social causes. We help you envision what success looks like and feels like, and the strategies to get you there. We ask not what, but why? And we take the time to get to know you and to ask about the impact that you want to make as a leader and as an organization.

"Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential." —Jane Goodall
—Jane Goodall
We believe that every impactful endeavour led by humans has the potential to unleash potential when it connects with hearts and minds. People in service of something bigger than themselves emotionally connect everyone to their cause. Connecting with hearts and minds is central to our work and even finds its way into our logo.
"Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential." —Jane Goodall
We believe that every impactful endeavour led by humans has the potential to unleash potential when it connects with hearts and minds. People in service of something bigger than themselves emotionally connect everyone to their cause. Connecting with hearts and minds is central to our work and even finds its way into our logo.
—Jane Goodall
"Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential." —Jane Goodall
We believe that every impactful endeavour led by humans has the potential to unleash potential when it connects with hearts and minds. People in service of something bigger than themselves emotionally connect everyone to their cause. Connecting with hearts and minds is central to our work and even finds its way into our logo.
—Jane Goodall
"Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential."
—Jane Goodall
—Jane Goodall
We believe that every impactful endeavour led by humans has the potential to unleash potential when it connects with hearts and minds. Leaders in service to something bigger than themselves emotionally connect everyone to their cause. Connecting with hearts and minds is central to our work and even finds its way into our logo.

Meet our humans

Lâle Kesebi

CEO + Founder

Lâle, our founder, is a sought-after strategist, transformation expert, innovator and keynote speaker. She heads our CEO advisory and transformation work for leaders in financial services, retail, technology, new media and FMCG.

As a seasoned global executive with over 20 years experience, she is passionate about crafting strategies that are human-led and inspire impactful change in organizations. Lâle acts as an independent non-executive director, Board Advisor and Trustee to numerous ventures across industries globally. Her TED talk “Why it’s time to bring yourself to work” has inspired leaders globally to make work more human in all senses of the word.

Yi Hoo Ong

Chief Innovation Officer

Yi Hoo leads our innovation practice. As a seasoned corporate innovation sherpa, he helps companies to discover radically new futures with uncommon partners. He also works with startups on strategy and operations to supercharge their growth.

Yi Hoo has spent the last 15 years leading global operations, working with start-ups and building out corporate innovation teams, across areas as diverse as food, supply chain, compliance and sustainability strategy. He’s a mentor to startups and innovation teams and his award-winning work has also been featured in the MIT Sloan review. His work spans multiple industries and verticals from start-ups to Fortune 100 organizations.

Karen Seymour

Chief Purpose Officer

Karen leads our purpose practice, helping leaders and their teams define and activate their organization’s unique and powerful purpose to fuel high performance, enable their people to do meaningful work, and contribute to organizations that thrive.

She has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneurial leader with diverse experience in major corporations and startups, spanning various industries including financial markets, supply chain management, media, social impact and wellness. Karen is also an Advisor to for-impact organizations. Underlying the strong networks, business partnerships and  impact she has built, purpose has always played centre stage in shaping action for a better world.

Oktay Kesebi

Chief Disruption Officer

Oktay leads our disruption practice and the development of human at work’s transformation tool sets designed to guide leaders and their teams to create a new vision for work 2.0.

Oktay is a seasoned strategist and has spent the last two decades helping global companies reframe their market challenges and pivot into new and profitable opportunities. He has well-honed skills in marketing, strategy, design thinking, product design, and corporate training earned in organizations in flux. Oktay’s work has spanned industries and verticals including tech, finance, education and entertainment from start-ups to Fortune 100 organizations.

Bonnie Hayden Cheng

Chief Resilience Officer

Dr. Bonnie Cheng is a leading expert in work stress and wellness. She leads our work to revolutionize the creation of happy and healthy teams.

Bonnie has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help leaders and teams thrive at work. She is Associate Professor of Management at Hong Kong University’s Business School where she is also Director of its globally renowned MBA program. Her research has been regularly featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Bonnie will be adding her expertise to scale being human at work, helping CEOs and their teams be more resilient at a time when it’s needed most.

Jesmine Choi

Chief Creative Officer

Jesmine leads all aspects of client creative work and helps build the story of change and transformation for leaders in their organizations. She is also responsible for communicating human at work’s brand story, sharing our purpose to make work better for all humans.

With over 13 years of global experience across many industries, Jesmine has developed and designed brand strategies that tell the story of change to supercharge teams around purpose-led transformation. She has led creative teams and activated brands with multinational firms and she has devoted her personal time to scale social ventures to deliver greater community impact.

Jugjit Gill

Marketing Supercharger

Jugjit is our marketing supercharger and is responsible for the Human at Work story as it lives across all our social media channels.

Jugjit is a recent graduate from Lingnan University, where he was a Dean's list student. He was awarded various scholarships during his business studies such as the Sales and Marketing Executive Club Scholarship in 2020, the HKSAR Government Scholarship, and the Reaching Out Award, in 2019. Jugjit is always curious and seeks and easily embraces new experiences. He previously worked at Lingnan University and was also an intern at Walt Disney World.