Mark S Powell has been an educator, a college lecturer, an entrepreneur, a corporate leader, a sole operator, and a member of a senior team. He has lived in three countries and conducted business in 17. He has run a start up and helped turn around a boutique services firm. He has been an avid supporter of the performing arts community, and an international rugby referee. He has coached representative sporting teams and attended multiple silent retreats. He owned and operated a small banana farm, and spoken at industry forums on leadership. He has studied economics, education, business administration, finance, coaching psychology, entrepreneurship; systemic thinking and neurolinguistic programming. His current focus is on the development of international executives and cross-cultural teams who can lead effectively across the Asian Pacific region. He operates through the Praesta Brand.