Loredana Padurean

Associate Dean and Faculty Director for Action Learning
International Faculty Fellow at MIT
Area of Expertise:

Entrepreneurship, general management, operations for entrepreneurs, action/experiential learning, SMART skills, executive education.

Loredana Padurean is the Associate Dean at Asia School of Business (ASB), a collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia (the Central Bank of Malaysia), and holds an appointment of International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan where she also teaches in 3 executive education programs.

 At ASB, Prof. Loredana has been one of the key “nailers” behind the establishment of the school and in particular, has directed the development of the globally recognized action learning program at ASB. She is a global entrepreneurial academic with a track record of program, school and intellectual leadership for multiple degrees. She is a global keynote speaker and her popular “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it” is a popular TedX talk.  

This “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it” describes the evolution of start-ups to scale-ups to sail-ups, the challenges, opportunities and leadership styles that come with each stage. Prof. Loredana has an MA in Communication and Economics and a PhD in Management from USI Switzerland.

Executive education, workshops and master classes

In the past 5 years Prof. Loredana has conducted extensive executive programs for Asia School of Business and MIT Sloan Executive Education in the area of intra/entrepreneurship, innovation, SMART skills, agile, for large global corporations such as China Construction Bank, Google Malaysia, AirAsia, and in Malaysia to some of the largest Malaysians financial and insurance institutions such Maybank, CIMB, RHB, Prudential, the leading telecommunication companies such as Astro and Axiata, governmental and national agencies such as Khazanah Nasional and GreenTech. 

  • Driving Strategic Innovation, Executive Education IMD Lausanne, MIT Sloan September 2020

    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”

  • Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 2019

    “The SMART Executive Education Program”

  • Thomson Medical Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 2019

    “The SMART Executive Education Program”

  • China Construction Bank Executive Program, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 2019

    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”

  • Driving Strategic Innovation, Executive Education MIT Sloan September 2019

    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”

  • The MIT Scaling Bootcamp, Executive Education MIT September 2019

    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”

  • Executive Program in General Management MIT Sloan, Executive Education Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia August 2019

    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”

  • China Construction Bank Executive Program, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 2019

    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”

  • The RHB Executive Program Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 2019

    “The SMART Leadership toolkit”

  • EPGM MIT Sloan, Executive Program Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 2019

    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”

  • RHB Executive Program Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia December 2018

    “SMART Skills – The Agile Organization”

  • China Construction Bank Executive Program, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 2018

    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”

  • Executive education, workshops and master classes
    Google Malaysia CMO Bootcamp 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    March 2018
    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”
  • EPGM MIT Sloan & EMERITUS Institute of Management, Executive Education Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    March, 2018
    “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Development and Evolution of Business Cycles”
  • Royal Selangor, Senior Executive Program, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    January-March 2018
    “Business Dynamics – Nailing, Scaling, Sailing ”
  • Entrepreneurship Workshop for SME’s in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    March 2018
    “Nail it, scale it, sail it – The journey of entrepreneurship”
  • Entrepreneurship Workshop for Venture for America, NY, USA
    January 2018
    “Nail it, scale it, sail it – The journey of entrepreneurship”
  • CIMB, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Master Class
    September 2017
    “Managing diversity in a global context”
  • ASEAN chapter Accelerate Leadership Program Maybank workshop, Singapore
    July 2017
    “Innovation through Action Learning in Corporate Settings”
  • Maybank MKE’s Accelerate Leadership Program workshop, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    April 2017
    “Innovation through Action Learning in corporate settings”
  • Experian Master Class, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    September 2016
    “Managing diversity in a global context
  • Maybank, Master Class, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    August 2016
    “Action learning tools and frameworks in corporate settings”
  • Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Master Class, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    July 2016
    “Frameworks for Creativity and Discipline”
  • GreenTech Malaysia, Master Class, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    May 2016
    “Nail it, scale it, sail it – The Tesla case study”
    Session delivered in front of His Royal Highness Prince Amir of Selangor Malaysia
  • Khazanah Nasional Senior Leaders Retreat, Master Class Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    May 2016
    “Nail it, scale it, sail it – The Tesla case study”
  • Axiata Master Class Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    May 2016
    “Nail it, scale it, sail it – The Tesla case study”
  • Prudential Master Class Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    May 2016
    “3 Lenses in Organizational Behavior”
  • EPGM MIT Sloan and EMERITUS Institute of Management, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    March, 2016
  • INTEL Penang, Malaysia
    August 2015
    “3 Lenses in Organizational Behavior”
  • MIT Technology Review Leadership Summit, “The future of work” Singapore November 2019
  • ICLIF LESA Summit, “Nailing, Scaling, Sailing: Evolutionary Entrepreneurship” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 2019
  • American Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia, “Cognitive Readiness in Leadership” Penang, Malaysia November 2019
  • Central Bank Malaysia, “Servicescape – designed for creativity”, Keynote, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia August 2019
  • “The future of work – The Alumni Alliance Conference”, Panelist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 2019
  • AACSB Associate Deans Conference| New Orleans, Louisiana, USA| October 2019 Speaker, experiential learning
  • Pernod Ricard Leadership Retreat, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 2019

    “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it – an entrepreneurial journey”

  • “TedX – What if” Cluj Napoca, Romania – the largest TedX in SE Europe – 2200 people in the audience June 2019

    “Nail it, scale it, sail it – an entrepreneurial journey”

  • 25th BFM network series – Balance for better – a conversation about equality, Panelist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 2019
  • “Organizational innovation – the 3 lenses of organizational behavior”, Thai Bev, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 2019
  • MIT Tech Review CX Leaders Council 2018 – Asia Pacific PT. DOUGLAS, AUSTRALIA, Keynote speaker October 2018

    “Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity – blending human and AI skills”

  • Innovations in Graduate Business Education Conference: Lifelong Learning in A Digital Era | New Jersey, USA October 2018 Panelist, experiential learning
  • MIT IDE INCLUSIVE INNOVATION CHALLENGE BANGKOK, Keynote speaker August 2018 “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it – Entrepreneurship & the Future of Work”
  • MIT SLOAN – SASIN ACTION LEARNING CONFERENCE BANGKOK July 2018

    “Action Learning, a foundational pillar of the ASB teaching and learning approach”

  • 5th annual MBA CSEA Asian Conference, Hong Kong, Keynote Speaker
    March 2018
    “The Business School of Tomorrow: Developing Talent for the Disruptive Age through Experiential Learning”
  • Asia School of Business, Master Class, KL, Malaysia
    February 2018
    “An unconventional dialogue on diversity”
  • Asia School of Business, Careers Panel Roundtable, Singapore
    February 2018
    “Building Successful Careers in South East Asia”
  • GMAC Leadership Annual Conference, Panelist, Arizona, USA
    January 2018
    “Catch the wave: innovation in experiential learning”
  • MBA Roundtable Workshop on Outcome Based Education (OBE), Panelist, Arizona, USA
    January 2018
    “Experiential Learning in Higher Education”
  • HRDF and Trainers’ Conference & Exhibition 2017 KL, Malaysia, Panelist
    November 2017
    Flagship event for 2500 participants organized by the Malaysian Human Resources Development Fund Ministry of Labor
    “Driving Organization Development through Technology, Innovation and Experiential Learning”
  • “Women of the World. Be the Change”, ICLIF Leadership Conference, Puducherry, India,
    November 2017
    “Unapologetically unconventional – a personal reflection on leadership”
  • “Creativity, the Unlimited Resource. For a better world” Bucharest, Romania, Speaker
    October 2017
    Global Conference organized by IAA (International Advertising Association) featuring Steve Wozniak
    “The Extraordinary and Unconventional ASB– A case of innovation in education via experiential learning”
  • “Building successful human capital” KL, Malaysia, Keynote speaker
    September 2017
    Jobstreet Annual Regional Flagship Conference
    “Discover the Game Changing Talent Strategy – From Inspiration to Implementation”
  • DigiGirlz by Microsoft – panelist KL, Malaysia
    August 2017
    “The role of women in STEM”,
  • UKM iCGPA International Conference, KL, Malaysia, Keynote speaker
    July 2017
    Event hosted by the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia
    “Constructive alignment in outcome based education – a case for action learning”
  • Venture For America Bootcamp at Brown University, Providence, USA, Keynote
    June 2017
    “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it at ASB – Operations for entrepreneurs”
  • LEPE Conference – Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, USA, Speaker
    June 2017
    “Fast clockspeed Mens et Manus – Action Learning at ASB”
  • LeanIn Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    June 2017
    “Woman Entrepreneurs – What would you do if you were not afraid.”
  • World Action Learning Conference, KL, Malaysia, Speaker
    April 2017
    “Innovation through Action Learning at ASB – the beginning of an extraordinary journey”
  • UTKM workshop, KL, Malaysia, Speaker
    “Action Learning at ASB – the beginning of an extraordinary journey”
    April 2017
  • University of the future – Ministry of Higher Education Forum, KL, Malaysia, Panelist
    March 2017
    “Action Learning at ASB – the beginning of an extraordinary and unconventional journey”
  • Round table Host and Speaker Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    March 2017
    “Action Learning at ASB – the beginning of an extraordinary and unconventional journey”,
  • MBA Preview session – Teaching Tesla with Tesla, Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    February 2017
    Special recruitment event hosted by ASB and GreenTech Malaysia
  • “Maybank Invest ASEAN: Arts and business to fuse”, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Moderator February 2017
  • The International Green Technology Conference Malaysia KL, Malaysia, Keynote speaker
    October 2016
    “Creating Disruptive Entrepreneurs in Green Technology”
  • Jobstreet Annual Regional Flagship Conference Malaysia, Keynote speaker
    August 2016
    “Winning the Generation Battle – Managing Diverse Age Group in An Organization”
  • 3 keynotes in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor
  • VFA Bootcamp at Brown University, Providence, USA, Keynote
    June 2016
    “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it – Operations for entrepreneurs”
  • Invest Asian Maybank, Singapore – moderator for Sir Bob Geldorf
    April 2016
    “Let the women in – a provocative conversation”
  • Invest Malaysia Maybank in collaboration with the Stock Exchange, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    April 2016
    Fine C., Padurean L., Keynotes “V=E*I”
  • “Sustainable at the Core” Invest Malaysia Maybank & Stock Exchange, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    April 2016
    “Nail It, Scale it, Sail it / Driving Green” with CEO Green Tech
  • YTL 60 years Leadership Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Keynote speaker
    December 2015
    “Managing Diversity in a glob al context”
    Annual stakeholders flagship event – 2500 attendees
  • American Chamber of Commerce, Thanksgiving Luncheon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    November 2015
    “The case of Asia School of Business – thanks for giving”
  • Global Business School Network GBSN Conference, Manila, Philippines, Moderator November 2015
  • Lean and Agile Connections SE Asia Conference, Penang, Malaysia
    October 2015
    INTEL Penang, “3 Lenses in Organizational Behavior”
  • VFA Bootcamp at Brown University, Providence, USA, Keynote
    June 2014
    “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it – Operations for entrepreneurs”
  • Entrepreneurial Academia Conference Indian School of Business, India, Mohali
    December 2013
    “Leveraging Enterprises through Academic Participation”
  • MIT- India Conference, Cambridge, MA, USA, Panelist
    September 2013
    “Entrepreneurship in India”
  • QUIS12, the 12th International Research Symposium on Service Excellence in Management, Cornell University
    June 2011
    Padurean L., Fine C., – “Destination dynamics. A governance and management perspective”erspective”
  • Upcoming: Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management, Special issue “Operations for Entrepreneurs”
  • July, 2014, Fine C., Werner M., Padurean L., (2014) “The Tesla Roadster (A): Accelerated Supply Chain Learning”, Case study, MIT SLOAN, 14-157
  • June 2011, “Destination Dynamics: Evolution and Governance of Tourist Destinations, Proceedings of the the 12th International Research Symposium on Service Excellence in Management, Cornell University, June 2011. (joint w/C. Fine).
  • Padurean L., Maggi R. (2011), “TEFI values in tourism education: A comparative analysis”, Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, 11:1–14, 2011
  • Padurean L., Maggi R. (2009), “Higher Education in Tourism in English-Where?” Tourism Review year: Volume: 64 Issue: 1 Page: 48 – 58
  • Padurean L., Maggi R., (2007), “Marketing higher education in tourism based on location attributes”, APTA APac-CHRIE Tourism Education PressBook chapters
  • Book Chapter – Anja Saretzki & Karlheinz Wöhler (Eds.): Governance von Destinationen. Neue Ansätze für die erfolgreiche Steuerung touristischer. Zielgebiete, Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag 2013 (based on my PhD dissertation)