Our 2018 Year in Awesome


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With great thanks to our delegates, learning & development collaborators, & delivery partners,  2018 was an exciting year for Knowmium:

  • Excelled in niche needs: Communication matters in many forms where tailored training is hard to find— need equity research report excellence training customized & delivered in 9 countries? We have you covered.

  • Curated top content for our training & learning partners: We continued to read it all, living on the 35th page of Google Scholar (& other research databases), narrowing it down to the best of best practices, so you can spend more of your time focuses on strategic conversations.

  • Collaborated with leading L&D providers: We play well with others. In 2018, continued our partnerships with Duke Corporate Education, Impact International, among others, to expand the reach of those organizations when localizing & hosting large scale learning events needing our topic expertise.

  • Changed learning conversations: In an industry where too often training is just a checkbox exercise, we care enough to push for change. Our first question when asked to deliver a program is to assess why, what drives the need, what is the gap, & who will help carry the change forward. Without champions, without the sharing of bright spots, without a change in mindset, toolkit, & structures— there is no lasting transformation.

  • Brought hard science to soft skills: From researched based plenaries & assessments, to analysis of transcribed speeches, simulations, & texts, to micro expression & EEG (stress & flow) debriefings— we took the tools of tomorrow & applied them to the conversations of today.

  • We like to share: Provided free ride-alongs & sit-ins for our training competition— giving them the chance to see behind the curtain of how we engage, & offering feedback on their own sessions. Why? The same reason chefs go to other chefs’ restaurants: to learn, to inspire, & to grow our community as a whole. 

  • Offset 100% of our travels: What good is balanced communication if everything else is thrown out of alignment? A small step in the right direction, Knowmium is carbon neutral— offsetting all training travels in 2018 & beyond. 

  • Delivered across continents: Proving that small giants can go big— designed & delivered a custom influence, sales & negotiation program across in 7 offices across 3 continents to client managers with follow-up deal coaching via VC on live cases.

  • Transformed leaders into trainers: Served as lead trainer on the global roll out of a Fortune 500’s internal university program, training senior leaders to become trainers to cascade knowledge organization-wide.

  • Coached women in leadership: Honored to be the Asia-wide coach for a Fortune 100’s women in leadership initiative for the 2nd year in a row, collaborating to grow key conversations around communication, visibility, & change.

  • Engaged virtually worldwide: Selected for the 3rd year in a row as sole provider to lead sessions world wide via webinar & video conference formats for the global roll out of a top 3 reinsurer’s cross-border cultural training.

  • On-boarded the next generation: Designed & delivered new grad programs in the finance & tech space, serving as the sole external provider during two year rotations. By 2020, millennials will make up approximately 75 percent of the workforce, & according to Gallup, 87 percent of this generation says professional development is very important to them in a job. We’re on it.

  • Delivered tailored content in 21 countries: Customized by region, role & readiness all while averaging a net promoter score of 95/100.

  • Made follow through matter: From our micro-mentor app (iOS/Android) & job aids, to accountability partners & action learning groups, from meaningful deal coaching, to manager rubrics for “return on behavior” conversations— we continued our efforts to bridge the knowing-doing gap & carry skills into the workplace in a measurable way. 

  • Continued our dedication to 10% time: All trainers committed to the pro bono delivery of sessions & coaching to non profits & other worthy organizations/individuals worldwide including speakers for TEDx Women & the UN.


Founded in Hong Kong in 2014, Knowmium (nəʊmɪəm) has grown into a team of facilitators, researchers & staff that deliver tailored training, coaching & L&D services to 5 continents around the world.

Hello.Hello. 你好. Aloha. مرحبا. Salut. Ahoj. שלום. नमस्ते. Ciao. 안녕. Hola.

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Joshua Davies
Founder & Consultant

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Formerly on the faculty of Yonsei University, Joshua has 14 years of business & communications training experience in the markets of Asia, Europe, Africa, the MidEast, as well as both South & North America. He has worked with Fortune 100 companies around the world, conducting research, coaching & workshops on various areas of communications improvement at all levels of upper management.  He dedicates spare time to running, photography, and leading sessions for The Giving Speech.


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RoberT Kienzle
Senior Consultant

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Robert has 12 years of business and education training experience in the markets of Asia & North America. After completing his Masters in Communication studies he began his career first in the US training politicians, organization administrators, & sales representatives in order to refine their rhetoric & persuasive approaches before moving to Asia.  He is a Distinguished Toastmaster in Toastmasters International and was a World Championship of Public Speaking semi-finalist in 2014 and 2015. He leads The Giving Speech and still believes Guns & Roses is cool.

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Raju Sajnani

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Raju Sajnani has had 29 years’ experience in the training industry including having worked for two major training organizations, Learning International formerly known as Xerox Learning Systems, (presently known as AchieveGlobal), and Dale Carnegie, as both a Training Consultant, and finally as one of the Institute Directors.  He is the author of P Factor, a book about absorbing the ability to understand how people work, why they react the way they do and how to deal with it to your advantage.


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Tomomi Kumai

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Tomomi is an intercultural trainer, international educator, and transformative coach in South Korea working in the intercultural services and education field serving expatriates, international students, and nationals in the US, Korea, and Japan since 2003. Tomomi holds a B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics and studied Educational Psychology in the University of Illinois Education Doctoral Program. She speaks and trains in English, Japanese, and Korean fluently. In 2015, Tomomi was an international Fellow for the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in  Oregon.

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Nahesh has over 15 years’ experience in Asia, delivering professional Management Consultancy services, specifically in the areas of Training and Coaching. Nahesh has also completed extensive HR and training assignments in USA. His diverse background, from financial services to the hospitality industry, allows him to analyze and understand clients’ needs, create training and coaching programmes based on specific objectives, and deliver engagements that bring positive change.

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Rob Lilwall
Keynote Speaker

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Rob Lilwall is a person of ordinary talents, who through taking an adventurous attitude to life, has achieved the extraordinary. He has embarked on expeditions by bicycle & on foot, covering over 80,000 km of the world’s land surface. These include an unsupported walk across the Gobi Desert; pedaling over the war-torn passes of Afghanistan; & being the first person drag a bicycle across the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. National Geographic has made two television series about his exploits, and he is the author of two books, Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia. Rob’s speeches about embracing challenge, overcoming obstacles and dealing with disruptions both inspire the mind and impact the heart.