Dr. Michael J. Marquadt




Dr. Michael J. Marquardt is the Professor of Human Resource Development and International Affairs as well as Program Director of Overseas Programs at George Washington University. He also serves as President of the World Institute for Action Learning.

Mike held a number of senior management, training and marketing positions with organisations such as Grolier, American Society for Training and Development, Association Management Inc., Overseas Education Fund, TradeTec, and U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He trained more than 95,000 managers in nearly 100 countries since beginning his international experience in Spain in 1969. His completed consulting assignments include Microsoft, Motorola, Boeing, Caterpillar, United Nations Development Program, Samsung, Organisation of American States, and Singapore Airlines as well as the governments of Indonesia, Laos, Ethiopia, Zambia, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, Jamaica, Honduras, and Swaziland.

As the author of 20 books and over 100 professional articles in the fields of leadership, learning, globalisation and organisational change, Marquardt has established himself as a leading authority in those areas. His books include: Leading with Questions, Building the Learning Organisation (selected as Book of the Year by the Academy of HRD) and Optimising the Power of Action Learning. Over one million copies of his publications have been sold in nearly a dozen languages worldwide.

Marquardt also served as the Editor of the UNESCO Encyclopedia volume on Human Resources. He has been a keynote speaker at international conferences in Australia, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, South Africa, Singapore, and India as well as throughout North America.

His achievements have been recognised through numerous awards including the International Practitioner of the Year Award from the American Society for Training and Development. He presently serves as a Senior Advisor for the United Nations Staff College in the areas of policy, technology, and learning systems. Mike is a Fellow of the National Academy for Human Resource Development and a co-founder of the Asian Learning Organisation Network. Ramkhamhaeng University (Thailand) and the International Management Centre at Oxford, England have awarded him honorary doctoral degrees for his work and writings in the field of action learning and leadership development.

Mike received his doctorate in Human Resource Development from George Washington University and his Masters and Bachelor Degrees from Maryknoll College. He did his graduate work at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Virginia. He enjoys skiing, music and traveling with his wife, four children and six grandchildren.


Dr. Marquardt’s book on leading with questions inspired us to reach out for partnership collaboration with PACE.  We brought his esteemed work into Asia context and instructionally designed it into workshop materials, to facilitate Leading With Questions for leaders in Asia. 

The Leading of Questions workbook integrates the rich, extensive leadership, training and facilitation experiences of Dr. Peter Cheng and Dr. Lily Cheng.

Peter and Lily have a deserved reputation as being among the top trainers and facilitators in Asia. It was my privilege to have them participate and perform in numerous workshops and classes that I have led in Singapore.
— Dr. Michael J. Marquardt