Dr Denise Bjorkman is a socio-behavioural scholar and seasoned business woman. She has distilled forty years of industry, government and organisational experience into NBI and the application of neuroscience in business. An ardent believer in the value of the LePEST C knowledge model for leadership performance she has thoroughly pursued nine different academic and scientific fields with distinction in her career. Her clients have included multinationals, captains of industry, heads of state, executives and management.
Her neuroscience portfolios include marketing, sales, consumer psychology, decision making, negotiation, counter-terrorism, criminal profiling, deviant behaviour profiling and prediction, nonverbal communication and behaviour profiling. Her special interests lie in women’s executive development globally.
Denise was mentored for this role by Prof Wynand Pienaar who was an early adopter and considered a global authority on a then budding neuroscience field. He guided her conceptualisation of her dissertation relating to the doctor-patient relationships which crossed several disciplines: psychology, social science and semiotics.
Denise is considered a global authority on body language. She and Veterinarian Sue Hart produced their own documentary on Animal versus Human Body Language flighted on the SABC channel and she co-founded the first School of Broadcasting in South Africa with Adrian Steed.
Denise worked as an expert consultant and researcher for CODESA for which she also wrote a key note address for a head of state. She was also mandated to provide services to the Gender Advisory Legal, Media and Peace Committees. Denise has been a regular commentator on neuroscience applications in current affairs, politics and international relations, global election personalities and famous criminal trials.
Her neuroscience and human behaviour knowledge has been sought by the global print and online media, BBC, ITV, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera and Asian Television.
She is an entrepreneur who has anticipated global trends in several industries, placing them firmly on the economic map, using Singapore’s successes as her socio-economic business model. She is an author, editor and published researcher. In her personal capacity Denise engages in active community work in informal settlements She serves on several boards.
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