CWI Strategies is a Canadian owned international consulting firm with offices in Switzerland and China providing growth, project management, strategic communications and Silk Road strategies to a global clientele.
Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Linda Walker
Linda’s 30-year international career includes work as Director of Development and External Relations for the International Council of Nurses (ICN), where she oversaw ICN’s external relations, corporate communications and advocacy initiatives with members, NGOs, UN and corporate partners for more than a decade. Concurrently, she was Manager of the World Health Professions Alliance. Previously she worked as a Senior Consultant for top global PR company Weber Shandwick, as a journalist for Canadian media outlets and on the faculty at Carleton University School of Journalism. Since founding CWI in 2011, Linda has managed communications projects for a range of clients, including Pfizer Inc, ICN, the World Health Organisation, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. She has acted as a board member for several organisations, notably AIDS-Free World, the Florence Nightingale International Foundation, the World Economic Forum Global Health Advisory Board, the International Children’s Institute and CANFAR Québec. Amongst many other contributions, Linda brings invaluable insight into health care in both developed and emerging economies.
Founding Partner and President, Jean-Guy Carrier
Jean-Guy’s wide-ranging 35-year international career in organisational development, strategic communications and diplomacy has included his role as Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Director of the ICC Research Foundation, senior leadership positions with the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Institute for Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria, the Economic Council of Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and for several global communications firms. His work in China includes his position as Executive Chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce and Senior Fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Beijing’s Renmin University. Jean-Guy is the author of six novels (fiction) and has contributed to numerous volumes on international trade.
Founding Partner and Managing Director China, Gabriel Carrier-Walker
Gabriel has worked in China since 2003, holding management positions in the engineering and construction sector in both Chinese and international firms, working
on significant international investments projects in the Chinese market and managing international business relationships. Gabriel is MD of CWI Strategies China and established the company’s China branch in 2013 as one of the first companies to set up in the Shanghai free trade zone. He has studied and worked in North America, Europe and Asia and is fluent in English, Chinese, French, and German.
Founding Partner, Elie-Simone Carrier-Walker
Elie-Simone has enjoyed more than 10 years of international experience working in communications and marketing roles with NGOs, UN agencies and in the private sector, where she has held senior management positions and managed regional offices. She holds an advanced degree in international negotiation from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva Switzerland and currently works out of Paris, France and Dusseldorf, Germany.
Operations Manager, 宫庆 / Palace Gong
Palace has worked with CWI since 2012 and played a key role in establishing the CWI Shanghai office, based in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. She holds a degree in international trade and is fluent in Chinese and English. Palace is an extremely capable woman for whom no challenge is too daunting. She has been an integral part of much of our success.
Shanghai Office Manager, 张月/ Zhang Yue
Yue is the most recent addition to the CWI roster, having joined us in 2016. She is a graduate of graphic arts program and has worked previously in design and marketing. Yue is a strong and independent worker who excels in her responsibilities within our team.