Richard Elsner is a specialist consultant in leadership and transitions, and is the Managing Director of the leadership development consultancy, The Turning Point, which supports leaders to take on demanding new roles. The Turning Point is based in the UK and has partner companies in Frankfurt and Paris. Before setting up The Turning Point, Richard was a Principal or Partner with DIA.logos, KPMG and Kinsley Lord. He is a former managing director of Pearl & Dean, and adviser to the chairman of a British plc. Richard obtained his MBA from IMD in 1985 after devoting ten years of early career to Africa, first as head of rural development programmes for a consortium of British charities for the Sahel region, and then as Researcher for the West and Central Africa region for Amnesty International, based in London.