Derek R. Olson is a global minded learner,
leader, thinker, and teacher. He is the Managing
Partner of The Ubuntu Group who partners with
organizations with the aim of development of the
individual and the whole. Derek also is an
Adjunct Faculty member at the University of San
Diego (USD) where he has taught undergraduate
and graduate courses in organizational behavior,
leadership development, cross-cultural leadership,
organizational change, and integral leadership.
Derek has a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Development Studies from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD, an MS in Global Leadership from the School of Business at USD, and a BS from UC San Diego in International Studies with a focus on politics and history of the Middle East. Through both USD and The Ubuntu Group he continues to research, present at conferences, and speaks on the confluence of leadership, organizations, and the moderating effect of national and organizational culture.
Derek and his family live in San Diego where they are part of the faith communities of Flood Church and spiritual development with Theodyssey. One of his greatest joys is being in nature either off the coast on a kayak, visiting national parks, or backpacking the American west. Together Derek and his wife, Alair, seek to develop and journey with young couples through the Olson DnA and give space for others to grow with the Oak Stone Project.