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About Paradigm Infinitum

Paradigm Infinitum is a Brisbane based strategic consulting and training firm

providing three core services:

  • International Business Consulting

  • Management and Strategy Consulting

  • Training and Development Consulting


The meaning of 'Paradigm Infinitum' is 'world view' or 'perspective' 'unlimited', and we strive as an organisation to always live up to our name. We believe our purpose is to unleash the potential and realise the capacity of individuals and organisations whom we consult to, train and develop.

Consulting is delivered by our professional consultants who have extensive real-world experience, agile and well developed problem solving skills, and significant experience in senior leadership roles in Australia and internationally.  Our consultants do not merely talk about leadership, strategy and management, they practice it.  In recent times, Paradigm Infinitum and its people have worked with, engaged with or hosted numerous leaders from various fields, including business leaders, NGO leaders, media leaders, academic leaders, community leaders, national leaders and international leaders including Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Leaders of Parliament, ambassadors and high commissioners, corporate heads, heads of think tanks, media heads and many others. We have consulted to businesses, individuals, and governments across a wide range of industries both in Australia and internationally.

Paradigm Infinitum in conjunction with our Australian Leadership Skills Centre helps people, organisations, governments and communities to achieve their best.  We work with clients to solve issues and overcome problems at all levels.  We collaborate with clients to maximise their opportunities and mitigate risks through good strategic analysis and decision making.  We help clients to develop positive workplaces and great organisational cultures, and bring out the best in their people by developing great leaders who are courageous, decisive, ethical, consultative, persuasive, trustworthy and effective.

Since beginning in 2003, our vision has been to contribute to good leadership and governance practices in the corporate and government sectors and in the wider community.  Paradigm Infinitum has recently launched our dedicated leadership training arm, the Australian Leadership Skills Centre

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Our People

Paradigm Infinitum's consultants are drawn from a wide range of industrial experiences and share a dedication to practical solutions tailored to individual clients' needs. Paradigm Infinitum's consultants have significant experience in the Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific.

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Shona Leppanen-Gibson

PARADIGM INFINITUM, GENERAL MANAGER AND SENIOR CONSULTANT
BACHELOR OF ARTS 1ST CLASS HONS, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
MASTER OF ECOMMERCE, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
CERT IV TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT
TMS TEAM MANAGEMENT PROFILING ACCREDITED PRACTITIONER
TMS LINKING LEADER ACCREDITED PRACTITIONER
MSCEIT (MAYER-SALOVEY-CARUSO EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TEST) ACCREDITED PRACTITIONER

  • Inaugural Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme (A2ELP) in KL (represented Australia at the invitation of the Australian Government)

  • Co-Chairman, International Circle

  • Co-Chairman, Asia Business Forum (ABF)

  • President, Australia Malaysia Business Council Queensland (AMBCQ)

  • Former Director, 31 Digital TV

  • Special Strategic Advisor to the Punjabi Welfare Association Inc. 

  • Ambassador, World Badminton Federation Sudirman Cup

  • Co-founder, ASEAN Australia New Zealand Business Council (AANZBC)

  • Co-Founder, New Media and the Informed Citizen (NMIC)

  • Community Ambassador 2018 Commonwealth Games 

  • Co-Founder, Nordic Forum of Australia

  • Attaché, Mental Health Foundation Australia

  • Alumnus, Australian Government’s Australia Malaysia Institute, DFAT


Shona has extensive experience in marketing, public relations, media management, government, e-commerce, strategy, planning, and education and training. She has worked for several universities and educational institutions, as well as clients in the private and government sectors in a variety of industries. Over the years Shona has trained numerous public servants and managers in leadership and management.

Shona has planned, organised, managed and evaluated numerous forums, symposia and conferences.  She has also assisted symposium presenters in conceptualising, researching, analysing and preparing their presentations. She has worked for several universities and educational institutions, and in the private and government sectors.
 
Shona has a very strong understanding of Asian and international affairs, and is the current President of the Australia Malaysia Business Council (Qld).  Her knowledge of Asian cultures and Asian political economy has on a number of occasions resulted in her being invited to brief Australian diplomatic and government officials being posted overseas. 

Shona studied in Australia and has won several scholarships, academic awards and writing awards. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, and a Master of Electronic Commerce.  Shona is a twice alumnus of the Australian Government’s Australia Malaysia Institute.

Apart from serving on the executive of the Australia Malaysia Business Council Queensland (AMBCQ) since 2007, Shona is also the Chairman of the Asia Business Forum and the Chairman of the Nordic Forum of Australia.  In 2011 Shona was selected by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to represent Australia in the inaugural Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme in KL, Malaysia.  She was also invited to attend the 25th Asia Pacific Roundtable, a multilateral senior leadership forum focussing on strategic and international issues affecting the Asia Pacific Region.

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Wai Kiong CHAN

PARADIGM INFINITUM, CEO AND SENIOR CONSULTANT
BACHELOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, QUT
MBA, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
MASTER OF ADULT & VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
MASTER OF ECOMMERCE, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

  • CEO and Principal Trainer, Australian Leadership Skills Centre (www.australianleadership.net.au)

  • Co-Chairman, International Circle 

  • Co-Chairman, Asia Business Forum (ABF)

  • Senior VP, Australia Malaysia Business Council Queensland 

  • Board Member, Lord Mayor of Brisbane’s International Business Roundtable

  • Special Strategic Advisor to the Punjabi Welfare Association Inc. 

  • Ambassador, World Badminton Federation Sudirman Cup

  • Co-founder, ASEAN Australia New Zealand Business Council (AANZBC)

  • Co-Founder, New Media and the Informed Citizen (NMIC)

  • 2017 Sudirman Cup Community Ambassador

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Community Ambassador

  • Co-Founder, Nordic Forum of Australia

  • Alumnus, Australian Government’s Australia Malaysia Institute, DFAT

  • Former Director, 31 Digital TV


Kiong is a specialist in leadership and management, government reform, strategy, international business, training and executive education.  He lectured in international business, international marketing, trade and investment for several years (in the 1990s) before taking up more senior roles elsewhere.  He was also previously a senior human resource development professional and leadership expert in a large Australian organisation (12,000 employees). In 2002 his team’s leadership development project was awarded the inaugural State Gold Award for Excellence in Corporate and Support Services. 


In 2005, Kiong was appointed as Chairman of the Review of all Queensland Police Service human resource development activities in response to the findings and recommendations of the state’s independent anti-corruption watchdog the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) as outlined in the CMC report ‘Seeking Justice’.  As Chairman, he led a review of all 11 major development programmes, and all training, education and information activities and led the development of more than 30 information, education and training products. 

Kiong also played a lead role in helping a major Queensland government department to internationalise its services for the first time to include not only Queensland but also the rest of Australia and many other countries. This was done over a three year period and assisted the government greatly not only to expand its programme nationally and internationally, but also to help to significantly reduce cost and expenditure. 


Kiong is highly experienced in leadership development and has helped to develop the leadership and capacity of senior government officers from countries such as Thailand, China, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Fiji, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, Kiong has trained numerous managers and leaders in the private and public sector. From the public sector, he has trained hundreds of fire and rescue officers, state police, federal agents, disaster management and other specialists from around Australia.

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