Nelisha Wickremasinghe

Nelisha Wickremasinghe

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Nelisha Wickremasinghe is a psychologist, author, educator and international leadership/organisational change consultant. She has worked in the field of human development for 25 years.

Nelisha has postgraduate degrees in psychology and family therapy, a master’s in public sector management and a master’s and doctorate in organisational change.

Her work at the boundary of psychotherapeutic practice and management development has taken her across the globe to support organisations such as Fujitsu, Thomas Cook, Amec Foster Wheeler, Nielsen, Lloyds Banking Group, Aviva and BT to develop their leaders and implement complex change.

Nelisha also developed and ran a successful organic food business and restaurant and, for ten years, she was a clinical and management lead in the mental health and social care sector.

Nelisha works internationally with large corporates, teaching and consulting on healthy growth. In addition to her role at Saïd Business School, she is also an associate at the Ashridge Hult Business School and managing director of her own practice, The Dialogue Space, which provides unconventional, whole-person facilitation and coaching for individuals, groups and organisations.

Her professional practice combines brain science and developmental psychology to develop individual, team and system resilience and collaboration in increasingly volatile times.

Nelisha is the author of Beyond Threat, which looks at the hidden drives and motivations that determine our behaviour at work and what we can do about this.


Nelisha undertook her doctorate in organisational change at the Ashridge Hult International Business School.

The focus of her research was whether greater self-compassion might increase personal resilience, collaboration with others and sustainable performance in organisational life. Applying insights from neurobiology, developmental and depth psychology, Nelisha created a pilot Compassionate Leadership Development programme. The aim was to explore changes in how participants experienced themselves and others as they learned about and practised self-compassion, and the changes this triggered in their workplace behaviours and relationships.

You can read the abstract of her thesis.


Nelisha’s areas of teaching expertise and interest are:

  • personal resilience
  • team collaboration
  • working with and through conflict
  • using creative methodologies to support deep personal enquiry
  • performance and impact coaching