Matthew Rich-Tolsma

Principal and Consultant in Utrecht, Netherlands

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Matthew Rich-Tolsma is Principal Consultant at RISE Beyond, Ltd., a boutique UK-based consultancy focused on ‘creating conditions for collaboration to thrive’. He is also Chief Learning Officer at Tong Schraa-Liu & Partners, an international consulting group and think-tank, headquartered in Amsterdam, and a senior Associate at the European Centre for Leadership Practice which uses a number of common tools including Cynefin and sensemaking frameworks, The Leadership Circle, and Lectical assessment to ‘unfold the wisdom of leadership’. In addition he serves as a senior advisor to InavitIQ - a global consultancy with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Louis, Gaberone, and Amsterdam - in the areas of Insight and Consulting.

Matthew is proudly South African, and is presently based in The Netherlands. He believes passionately in the simple truth that learning presents us with the key to overcoming the wickedly complex challenges that humanity is facing today. He has more than a decade’s experience working in the fields of transformative higher learning and organisational development in a wide variety of international contexts.

During 2012-2013 he was visiting Research Fellow at the School for Transformative Leadership at Palacky University in the Czech Republic. In 2017, he was invited to serve as Carnegie Visiting Scholar at the Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute (GCSRI) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has a wide range of publications including three books, numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles, and special issues.

Matthew is presently completing his Doctorate in Management at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, where his research is focused on organisational complexity under the guidance of leading complexity theorists Ralph Stacey and Chris Mowles. He holds a Certificate in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), and an MA in Psychology from the International Centre for Integral Studies.

Matthew is a Master Certified Lectical Consultant, and spent two years working under the mentorship of Theo Dawson at Lectica where he was one of the creators of Lectica’s practitioner certification programme. He is also trained in the Jaquesian developmental tradition (stratified systems theory) and is a certified CPA Practitioner (BIOSS). Furthermore, he is trained in the use of a number of other psychometrics including The Leadership Circle

  • Work
    • RISE Beyond, Ltd.
  • Education
    • University of Hertfordshire
    • Indian Institute of Technology