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Llewellyn van Zyl (Ph.D) is an internationally recognized thought leader in the data-driven strengths-based talent assessment, development and optimisation space. Over the last 15 years, he has pioneered new frontiers in data-driven, technology infused talent assessment methodologies and development strategies as both a distinguished behavioral scientist and accomplished management consultant for major global organisations. As an applied positive organisational psychological scientist, Llewellyn's groundbreaking research has led to the development of cutting-edge talent analytical frameworks, assessment tools, evidence-based coaching models, and strengths-based interventions that unlocks human performance. He is one of the foremost experts on leveraging advanced data-analytics to map, understand, elevate and develop individuals’ strengths as a means to help individuals flourish and organisations to thrive.  In parallel, Llewellyn founded and led a successful management consulting firm specializing in data-driven talent assessments and optimization. He has partnered with major global organisations to map employee capabilities, develop strengths-based assessments tools and techniques, and designed targeted data-driven talent development programs with proven ROI.  Llewellyn's rare fusion of academic vision and business acumen has bridged the gap between talent management research and -practice. He is passionate about driving transformational change by translating cutting-edge behavioral science into targeted, practical talent assessment and development strategies that is proven to empower individuals to perform and organizations to thrive.

Research interests

His research interests include:

  • Data-Driven Talent Assessments
  • Positive Psychological Intervention Design
  • Positive Psychological Assessment Development and Validation
  • Positive Organisational Psychology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Industrial Psychology, North West University

Award Date: 1 Oct 2012

Master, Industrial Psychology, North West University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2009

Bachelor, (Hons) Industrial Psychology, North West University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2008

Behavioural Sciences, North West University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2007


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