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Elisa Mallis, MA, MEd

Vice President & Managing Director, APAC

Current Role

Elisa Mallis is CCL’s Vice President & Managing Director, Asia-Pacific (APAC). In her role, she leads our efforts in Southeast Asia, India, North Asia, and Australia to accelerate the leadership development and results of clients throughout the region, from multi-national corporations and government agencies to domestic organizations, while also contributing significantly to our global research agenda.


Elisa has over 20 years of experience as a business leader with a focus on transformational change, human capital strategy, and sales and marketing — many of those years based in Asia (Beijing, Sydney, and Singapore). Prior to her role as our APAC Managing Director, Elisa served as Mainland China Director & Head of Executive Development for Management Development Services (MDS), a talent development firm focused on Greater China. During her tenure at MDS, Elisa drove substantial top- and bottom-line growth and significantly expanded the firm’s reach through a network of adjunct consultants and coaches. She also served as a Senior Fellow and the Director of Executive Development Programs for the Robert H. Smith School of Business in Asia-Pacific.

Prior to MDS, Elisa spent more than a decade at Accenture, working as a talent and organization consultant for Accenture’s New York, London, and Beijing offices. In Accenture, Elisa led teams on large scale transformation projects and from 2008 to 2010 developed the Human Capital Strategy for 9 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including China. Elisa, who split time growing up between Miami, Florida and Athens, Greece, has lived in multiple countries in 4 continents, and is passionate about leading with an inclusive and global mindset.

Educational Background

Elisa holds an MA in Organizational Development and an MEd in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. She earned a BS in Psychology from the University of Miami, with minors in Biology and English Literature.

Professional Affiliations

Elisa is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. From 2014 to 2019 she served as a Vice Chair for the American Chamber of Commerce in China HR Forum in Beijing. She is also a member of the University of Miami President’s Council, 185 select alumni leaders representing the 180k+ UM alumni globally.

Elisa is an ICF-credentialed coach, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and  certified in a number of assessment tools. She has also authored numerous research articles, articles, and book chapters on topics related to global leadership and is frequently quoted in the media (e.g., BBC, CNBC, and Channel News Asia).

Insights From Elisa

This report analyzes 5 challenges and realities holding back women's inclusion and equity today and shares actionable steps organizations can take to elevate women.
In this event, we share our research findings about the importance of widening the pool of leaders that the world desperately needs — leaders who can take on and tackle humanity’s biggest challenges — more women and more men at all levels who can strike a balance between heart and grit.
Watch this webinar to learn about decisions organizations must make and actions they can take to develop a more robust talent pipeline of future-ready global Asian leaders, in the wake of recent megatrends and geopolitical shifts.

Featured in Other Publications

Center for Creative Leadership’s Elisa Mallis tells HRM Asia how leaders can embrace human development as leaders.

By Elisa Mallis, Vice President & Managing Director of CCL APAC, in Forbes, with helpful guidance for HR leaders, executives, and managers to consider.

Authored by CCL APAC Managing Director and VP, Elisa Mallis, and CCL APAC Senior Director of Research, Innovation and Product Development, Sunil Puri, in Talent Management.

Interview with CCL Managing Director and VP, APAC, Elisa Mallis, on CNN Philippines.

Contributions by CCL Managing Director and VP, APAC, Elisa Mallis, in The Drum.

Authored by CCL Managing Director and VP, APAC, Elisa Mallis, in The Drum.