Diana Renner is a director and co-founder of the Uncharted Leadership Institute. Uncharted’s mission is to enable individuals, organisations and communities to learn, grow and be more successful in a complex and uncertain world.
It does this through a combination of consulting, teaching and research.
Diana has extensive experience designing and facilitating leadership development programs within Australia and internationally. She was a guest faculty member for ‘The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership Development’ program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2013, and a facilitator and coach with Social Leadership Australia between 2010 and 2013. Since 2013, she has been a faculty member for the ‘Transformative Leadership Program’ for senior government executives run by the University of Adelaide and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas.
Diana also designs and delivers executive leadership programs at the Melbourne Business School, University of Adelaide, and the Australian Institute of Police Management. Since 2014 Diana has been teaching the leadership component of the ‘Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) Program’ at Monash University, which won the Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award Education for the 21st Century in 2017.
Diana is the co-author of Not Knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity, with Steven D’Souza, launched at Harvard University in 2014 and translated into ten languages. Writing the book, she was inspired by her own experiences of ‘not knowing’ - fleeing her country of birth, Romania, to an unknown future in a new country; and her professional reinvention covering the fields of law, strategy, refugee advocacy and leadership development. In 2015 Not Knowing was awarded the Chartered Institute of Management Book of the Year award in the U.K. Her follow-up book, Not Doing: the art of effortless action, also with D’Souza, was published in March 2018.
Diana holds a Post Graduate Diploma of Organisational Change & Consulting (Organisational Dynamics) from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Law / Arts from Monash University. She is the Chair of the Australian Adaptive Leadership Initiative, and a member of the Academy of Management, Group Relations Australia and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO).