Prof. Michael Netzley
PhD University of Minnesota
Founder & CEO, Extend My Runway
Michael is an international executive development professional and start-up founder. He designs and delivers bespoke leadership programmes, and executive coaching, that enhances entrepreneurship, design thinking, communication, leadership, change, and the use of digital networks. His work is heavily influenced by the latest research in applied neurosciences that is revealing new paths to more impactful learning and and development.
Michael currently lives in Singapore where he is Affiliated Faculty with IMD Business School and a Programme Director in the Singapore Management University – Academy. He is also the Founder and CEO of Extend My Runway (EMR), a talent-development firm that supports employers and the aging workforce through applied neuroscience and artificial intelligence. Fuelledby science, EMR’s brain-based approach unlocks a senior professional’s full potential, improves multigenerational collaboration, and builds any executive’s next-level capabilities with managing complexity, decision-making and innovation.
Previously Michael spent 16 years at Singapore Management University where he most recently served as Academic Director of Executive Development. As a key member of the leadership team, he helped triple the business in three years, improve delivery quality, and increase programmeimpact. Specifically, Michael:
►Designs bespoke leadership journeys: each custom-built for a client through design-thinking processes
► Improves a leader’s self-awareness: through executive coaching and personality assessment (e.g., Hogan)
►Champions behavioral change: by applying research from cognitive neuroscience, communication, and management
►Bringsa broad management repertoirethat includes: certification in design thinking and numerous personality
assessment instruments; communication, leadership, applied neuroscience, behavioural science, change management,
and digital networks to name a few.
Michael has delivered successful executive programmes to more than 10,000 executives from:Merck KGaA, CreditSuisse, BNPParibas, Unilever, IBM,Samsung, Singapore Airlines, UOB,SingHealth, SP Group, andSingapore’s MFA, CPF, MoE, and Civil Service College. During this time he received the 2011 Champions Award for innovative design and delivery from theCentralandEasternEuropeanManagementAssociationand the 2015 Best Case Award in entrepreneurship from EFMD.
Currently Michael serves as the Programme Director of SMU’’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation (GCAI) where he teaches applied entrepreneurship, Design Thinking—Opportunity Recognition, and Design Thinking—Ideation Management.