Helping successful people get more fulfillment in life by aligning their internal and external self.

My Monk Profile

About the Author

Hey, I’m Raf and my mission in life is simple. I help successful people get more fulfillment in life by aligning their internal and external self. With 10 years of experience of living in Asia first as an expat then becoming an entrepreneur, having burned out, making a career transition in the financial downturn in 2008 in a new industry in a new location (from Hong Kong to Shanghai), setting up 2 foreign companies in China – finding my spiritual path in the process, closing my own GAP and spiritual awakening – finding true love I was able to find my path and balance my internal and external self. As a result I became happier inside and enjoy my life in the external world.

In the past 10 years I have helped over a 1000 people through my workshops and coaching, to help them find their path and happiness in both life and leadership. I’m in a great place right now and I love helping people to find their path so they can be happy too.

How do I do it? Very simple, by connecting YOUR dots in life. We will first go through The Suited Monk GAP assessment together to help you become aware of where you are on the life journey. Next we will identify the steps to help you close the GAP so your internal and external self will be aligned. Potential areas of coaching could include, career transition to find your path, personal healing to close the GAP, self-awareness and leading from within.

PS: I am not a Monk, I am not attached to any religion of philosophy or belief system. I believe everyone has their gift and inner power inside of them (MONK), I help my clients to discover this by connecting their dots and enhancing their self-awareness so they can be successful in the MONK and the external world (SUIT).

I live by my principles and values and ALWAYS make a decision according to my Monk. Up till this day I have never compromised no matter how much the Suit return was. If it doesn’t feel right, it simply doesn’t feel right and if it feels right I go for it. This lead me to closing the GAP, a happy life and still being able to be successful externally.

I work with a team who believe in the Suited Monk philosophy, they are executive coaches and workshop leaders and speakers. You can find some of their profiles below. I am also a partner at GLO to help build and select responsible leadership for the world. We have a team of 10 staff and operate in China.

If you’d like to work with me or believe in what I stand for, feel free to connect and reach out. I am also on LinkedIn, Facebook and Youtube. Looking forward to connect!

My Suit Profile:

Raf Adams

Raf is the author of The Suited Monk (available at, Chief Wisdom Officer and co-founder at Good Leaders Online (glo-china).

He spends most of his time speaking and teaching on the subject of authenticity in life and organizations such as CEIBS and TEDx. Prior to his current career as a professional speaker and coach, he worked for eight years in sales in an international shipping company.

Raf developed The Suited Monk concept to help other people find happiness and purpose in their life and career. Raf Adams was considered to be successful in the corporate world at a young age by colleagues, friends and family. However, his personal life was anything but successful. He was deeply unhappy in his job, he was struggling to find a sense of purpose and meaning and not happy in his work and life environment.

When he was 27 he experienced a spontaneous awakening which led him to his current career as an author, teacher and speaker specializing in corporate leadership.

It was from his own experience and research that Raf created the Life Journey ® and GAP models which are completely unique in the coaching and personal growth sector.

In today’s society, many of us struggle to experience lasting happiness and contentment and find little purpose orfulfillment in our work and day-to-day lives. Modern society exerts a constant, subtle pressure to conform to the expectations of others, and to seek a version of success that is acceptable to the people around us but that does not necessarily meet our own most heartfelt needs and desires. Even if we manage to reach certain goals, the happiness they bring us rarely lasts long.

Because of this dynamic, some of us suffer deeply and experience a huge gap between the life we really want, with a deep feeling of joy about who we truly are, and the reality of the life we actually have.

By learning to synthesize your intuition, happiness, love, purpose, and life force (represented by your inner Monk) with the external world of success and achievement (represented by the Suit you wear), you will be able to close the gap and tap into the vast abundance that exists within you, both in your professional life and personal relationships.

His Suited Monk concept is based on the next generation of leadership development which is focused on self-knowledge, self-mastery and greater wisdom and compassion.

His articles have been published in Forbes India, The Economist Intelligence Unit and Korea Times.


  • Guest speaker at CEIBS on Stress Management
    (China Europe International Business School)
  • Advanced Corporate Coaching Certification WABC (480 hours)
  • Corporate Coaching Master class Progress-U (40 hours)
  • International Coach Association ICA (125 hours, ICF accredited)
  • Book Author of  “The Suited Monk”
    Expertise / Services Provided
  •  Suited Monk Leadership Development program
  • Monk to Monk Communication Program

Expertise / Services Provided

  • Suited Monk Leadership Development program
  • Monk to Monk Communication Program
  • Executive Coaching
  • Authentic & Wise Leadership Seminars & Workshops
  • Keynote Speeches

Corporate Experience

  • 12 years of international experience including leadership positions in various industries

International Exposure

  • Work-related travel to over 15 countries
  • Working experience in Europe and Asia (Hong Kong, China)

    Raf’s coaching clients and workshop participants include: Medtronic, Pepsico, Mead Johnson, Philips, Alcatel-Lucent, Disney, Roquette, H&M, BASF, SKF, Panasonic, Barco, Shanghai United Family Hospital, Britisch Council Guangzhou, IHG.

To read more about the book, please visit  to purchase a copy.

The Team

We are team of experts in the field of Corporate coaching, leadership training, life coaching and management consultation.

Dr. Mike Thompson

Mike is Professor of Management Practice at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and former Director of its Centre for Responsible Leadership. He also serves as Director on the Board of ‘GoodBrand’, a UK based specialist international consultancy with 15 years experience developing sustainability strategies that focus on creating shared value for many Fortune 500 companies.

The Suited Monk GAP check-up is designed by Dr Mike J. Thompson and informed by his wise leadership research at CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) 2010–13. He has interviewed 196 C-Suite leaders globally, researching the attribute of a ”wise leader.’’ (Mike is a visiting professor at CEIBS, an adjunct professor at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, BC and co-author of Suited Monk Leadership.)

For GLO, Mike focuses on ‘responsible’ leadership assessment strategies and interview techniques

Miquel Canut

Miquel Canut is an Entrepreneur and the founder of Veltia hand dryers. He holds several patents for new hand drying systems and exports his products to over 85 countries. He has established factories in Venezuela, Morocco, South Africa and commercial offices in South Korea and China. He is an active member of his community and since 2008 has been Member of the board for the Sabadell Chamber of Commerce.

Miquel is often invited to speak to companies and events on subjects of: Entrepreneurship, Business Growth and Internationalization, and Developing Businesses with Social Values.

He also serves as a Board Member for a non-profit organization distributing food to over 2,300 struggling families in Sabadell and is Rotary Club Member – previous president from 2013-2014.

Miquel is a firm believer of living life and doing business for the common good. He has been actively integrating his spirit and purpose in daily life, relationships and business. For the past 14 years he has been coaching and mentoring people to help them find their purpose in life and realize their true potential.

Miquel Canut has translated the Suited Monk in Spanish, El Monje con Traje. As a GLO partner, he facilitates Suited Monk workshops globally.

Peter Buytaert

Peter Buytaert builds on more than twenty five years of Global and Asia executive management, leadership and entrepreneurial experience and is currently co-founder and Chief Responsibility Officer of GLO – Good Leaders Online

GLO is a global leadership selection, assessment and development platform built around local communities of value based ‘responsible’ leaders who commit to lead with integrity and to serve the greater good of society

Peter is also guest lecturer on change, corporate governance and Asia strategy at various MBA programs, among which CEIBS, Antwerp Management School and Pepperdine University.

He served as Chairman for three consecutive years of the Benelux Chamber of Commerce (Bencham) of Shanghai.

Peter is a truly global citizen with a unique track record in cross cultural people leadership, start-up and business strategy, as well as driving change in organizations across Asia and China in particular.

Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Peter was responsible for Agfa Graphics regional sales and operations as its President Asia.

Before making Shanghai his base, he resided successively in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul, with extensive project time spent in India.

He followed an undergraduate program of Law, prior to graduating with a Master in Commercial Engineering (“Handelsingenieur”) at EHSAL Brussels and followed the INSEAD Advanced Management Program, as well as Strategic Business Economics Program at the University of Asia and the Pacific in Manila.


In 1997, Ray was a co-founder of First Place Consulting, a top 100 UK Management Consultancy with an extensive network of relationships with directors in UK organisations.  The company worked with clients to ensure the highest standards of performance were sustained at all levels that impacted the customer experience, using a framework of fundamental principles for management, collectively know as “Heart and Soul Management®”. Adopted by a number of leading organisations in financial services, it enables management teams to create working environments with high standards of excellence, to enhance the experience of customers, staff, employers and shareholders.  More critically, it is also enables the construction of a robust business case to justify investments in developing management talent. First Place Consulting was acquired by Katila in March 2008.

Ray has an outstanding reputation for integrity and successfully applying fundamental principles in business. He is currently living in Asia and working independently in a coaching and consulting role.  He has numerous clients and is an accomplished writer and speaker on management and leadership issues.  He has served as a judge for several annual industry awards that recognise excellence in organisations.

He is 51 years old, a frequent traveller and avid fundraiser. In 2009, he completed the New York Marathon (as a novice) and raised over $15,000 for worthwhile causes in Asia. Other interests and hobbies include reading, film-making, music, acting, soccer and motor cycling.


Expertise / Services Provided

  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Workshops
  • Creating a compelling vision and mission
  • Crafting dialogue for crucial conversations

Services offered in English.


Larry has over 13 years of working experience as engineer, sales, marketing, business manager, sales director and general manager for both state owned company, private company and multinational companies. Larry has ever worked for CNPC, UTC, Fenner Group, ITT, Linatex, Weir Group,  Jiangsu CAS and Kimrah in Petroleum refinery, international trading, Mining, Rubber, Manufacturing and Consulting industries.

Larry has been driving himself very hard, as many of us, for career success which has finally undermined his balance of personal life and professional life. Larry started his life reflection day by day since Dec. 2008. To start a new life journey, Larry immigrated from Shanghai China to Perth Australia with his family in Feb 2009. This shift made him to see the big difference of life style, quality and philosophy between oriental and western countries. Larry quitted his job with Weir as sales director for Weir Mineral China in Feb 2011 and started his new career as a professional life coach. His vision is to support and facilitate people for a balanced, peaceful and fulfilled life with awareness and alignment.





  • Practitioner NLP- IANLP by Dynamic Creation Australia
  • International Life Coaching- Mars Venus
  • Practitioner Conversational Ericksonian Hypnosis- IANLP
  • Practitioner Time Line Therapy – IANLP
  • Mechanical engineer ASCO 2126-11 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA
  • Bachelor degree of Chemical Engineering Equipment & Machinery

Expertise/service provided

  • The Life Journey Workshop
  • Life coaching

Larry is based in Perth and Shanghai. Service offered in Mandarin and English.

Grace Park

Grace Park has over 13 years of extensive professional experiences in multinational organizations as a leader, successfully managing cross-cultural teams in different countries; Korea, U.S, U.K, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. Her experiences enable the perfect combination of intellectual concepts and down-to-earth practical insights regarding how to develop personal excellence not only for great performance in the organization but also the good balance in work and personal life.






  • Master of Business Administration, specialized in International Business, Leeds University in U.K (Financial Times Global Top 100 MBA Ranking)
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Certified Corporate Coach for Business Executives
  • Management Consultant for Multinational Corporation
  • Trainer for Cross-Cultural business competency
  • Certificate of Exhibition Marketing, Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association
  • Certificate of Barclay Bank Business Plan, U.K
Expertise / Services Provided

Executive Coaching

Training/Workshops/Seminar in People Development related to;

  • Authentic Leadership
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • The Life Journey workshop
  • Powerful Coaching Skills
  • Dealing With Difficult People (Conflict Management)
  • Cross-Cultural Team Management/Motivation and Leadership

Grace is based in Shanghai. Services offered in Mandarin, Korean, English.

Glenn Wilkinson

Glenn is a change-agent communicating in both English and Chinese and across cultures for corporations to bring about positive management and leadership change in their professional workforce.

As a professional Management and Leadership Development Consultant, Glenn works directly with clients to understand the aims and objectives of the various internal stakeholders prior to training.  He does this by pre program surveys, meetings, and interviews to learn about and focus on the real issues and get results.







  • Winner of the Griffith University Alumnus of the Decade 2012
  •  Co-Founder Brains on the Beach (BoB) Creative Solutions 2012
  • Delivered programs in China, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia and India.
  • Conference Chair HR Director’s Forum Shanghai 2005 to 2008
  • MC for Hong Kong HR Awards and Hong Kong Law Awards 2007


Glenn is in Modern Asian Studies, Education and Human Resources.  He is certified in MBTI Step I & II, OPQ (Occupational Personality Questionnaire) plus other SHL Assessments, FIRO-B, Harrison Assessment, Coaching Certified and an Action Learning Coach.

Glenn’s coaching clients and workshop participants include:

YKK,BASF – AST, Evonik/Degussa,J&J Medical,Hewlett Packard,Alcatel Shanghai Bell,Cheung Kong Graduate ,Business School, Umicore, Hilton Hotels China,Swire Group,Deutsche Bank,Fonterra,Credit Suisse, JP Morgan.


True is a trainer, consultant and executive coach with ten years of experience working with international organizations.

True grew up in the United States and has lived in greater China for the past 14 years. He is based in Taipei and travels frequently to Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and other cities in the region for his coaching and training work.

True’s career in executive management began in the United States, where he held positions with the Washington Post Group as Area Director; Enertron USA as Global Director of Marketing and Sales; and Revolution Tea as President.

As a trainer, True develops and delivers talent and leadership development programs around the world, with a particular focus on greater China. His training work covers a broad range of subjects, including influence, coaching, sales skills, intercultural communication, innovation, and leadership.  Recent projects True has developed include a series of influence and motivation programs for several groups of leaders; a creative problem solving facilitation for a senior executive group; two team-building programs for newly formed management team; and a change management program for a group of high potential leaders. His clients include Microsoft, Atlas Copco, TE Connectivity, Total, Oracle, GMAC, Zurich Financial, Schaeffler, and Bayer.

True’s approach to training is interactive, challenging, and fun. He works to create an atmosphere that engages participants on both intellectual and emotional levels, to ensure they deeply understand and are committed to applying the concepts and techniques that will drive better business results. Feedback from participants in True’s programs tends to center around the usefulness and applicability of the training to their work, and the level of engagement they felt during the training program. True is also well known for his ability to ask questions of, listen to and understand participants, cutting to the core of their problems quickly.

As an executive coach, True brings a strong background in emotional intelligence, strategy formation, driving change, decision-making, intercultural management, and influence to his clients. Many of his executive coaching sessions are devoted to improving these critical leadership competencies. True works with business leaders from various countries (Germany, France, Canada, the United States, Australia, China, Taiwan) to help them discover how to lead their people more powerfully and achieve stronger business results.

True is bilingual in Mandarin and English. He holds a degree in Chinese from Brigham Young University and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is the father of five children ranging in age from 6 to 20, and on days off can be found first in the gym working out and then in the kitchen cooking for family and friends.

Our Monk is the centre of your life purpose and awareness.

The Suited Monk leadership training

Our Monk is the centre of your life purpose and awareness. Our Monk is the source of your passion with the capacity for insight, creativity and perception. Growth, purpose and fulfillment comes from the flow of life, passion and talent to emerge from your Monk.

The Suited Monk books, personal development and leadership programmes will help you to develop mastery over the pressures that are faced by your Suit every day. We define mastery as the ability to close the Gap between our Suit that presents us to the external world and our Monk who provides passion, wisdom and guidance – our true Self. Mastery is listening and nurturing the Monk within.

We specialize in consulting for corporate renewal, leadership training and helping leaders to renew themselves and their teams in order to operate with greater alignment, purpose and organizational care. The services provided to clients include executive coaching and workshops designed to develop wise and authentic leadership capabilities.

Corporate Renewal Seminars and workshops are also offered to clients to cover topics such as: personal and team effectiveness (including stress management); vision and values engagement, authentic and wise leadership.

The Suited Monk leadership training programs are offered through GLO – Good Leaders Online, an innovative leadership selection and development platform. GLO connects good leaders with good business.

Raf and Mike work with Peter Buytaert, founder of GLO – Good Leaders Online, Shanghai. Suited Monk Leadership programmes are managed by GLO. GLO profiles, assesses and develops leaders who share a belief that integrity and the inclusion of the greater good of society in decision-making are vital to responsible leadership. Go to GLO.


Peter, Raf and Mike have served many companies and individuals in our personal careers and through consultancy, management education and coaching. We are committed to the values and practice of responsible and wise leadership.

Leadership Training :- Coaching and workshops

Our Mission

Igniting Life.

Our Vision

Life Purpose and Truth for the World.

Life Purpose and Truth for the World

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