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Christine Cayol


Founder of Synthesis and Yishu 8 (Paris - Beijing)
Chevalier de la legion d’honneur
Manager of the Rodin Museum, Paris
With the French superior foundation degree in philosophy and literature (hypokhâgne and khâgnean) under her belt and a PhD in Philological Sciences from one of France’s leading institutions, Christine Cayol began teaching philosophy in her final year of secondary school.
In 1994 she created Synthesis, a consulting firm specialising in coaching directors and managers through an innovative method known as “The Detour”.  Through art and culture, this approach seeks to make one more open, more sensitive and more humane by sharpening the senses and perceptions in order to develop emotional intelligence.  When put into action, this generates creativity and efficiency.
In 2004, she moved to Beijing, immersing herself into Chinese culture by, among other things, learning Mandarin.  Since September 2008, she has lectured on “understanding western culture through painting” at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). 
In 2009, she opened Synthesis Beijing, a consulting and training bureau targeting international businesses based in China as well as Chinese businesses themselves.
At the heart of Synthesis, Christine Cayol’s expertise helps guide leaders in their managerial concerns such as innovation, leadership, and perception through use of seminar and conference.  On the strength of this experience, in 2014 she turned Synthesis into a place where managers can reflect and seek advice on the issue of “time”.
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