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This highly experienced trainer has worked on five continents throughout her corporate career in the fields of banking and information technology. She has been providing executive coaching to the C-level and cross cultural business consultancy services since 2006, focusing on best practices for businesses and their employees expanding into new territories. She has worked with a variety of prestigious organizations in the fields of banking and finance, insurance, legal, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, health care, education, media, FMCG, luxury brand retailers, technology, manufacturing, transport, aviation, defense, and the British Government. She has delivered her consultancy services in the UK, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Ireland, Turkey, continental Europe, and the US.
Much of her career has been spent working throughout the Middle East, where she held various sales and new business development roles covering territories from North Africa to the Afghan border, including Saudi Arabia as a businesswoman in her own right. She has managed a variety of business partnerships that included American, European, and Indian multinationals, big-name Gulf and Levantine family businesses, and conglomerates from the Far East. Countries included: Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE (including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain), Yemen.
She also has extensive background working in the Indian subcontinent. Her Indian experience began shortly after the country’s liberalization in the early 1990s, where she was a pioneer in forging partnerships between Indian and multinational technology organizations to modernize banking practices in the Reserve Bank of India and other major banks throughout the country. Her experience includes setting up an early outsourcing model leading to the establishment of virtual and remote teams in the UK, US, and India.
She is the author of Working and Living in Saudi Arabia, The Middle East Unveiled, and its successor, Doing Business in the Middle East, books aimed at Western travellers to the Middle East as well as addressing issues of particular interest to Western business women. She is also the author of Doing Business in the New Iraq and is a contributing author to Lonely Planet’s 2010 edition of Oman, UAE, and Arabian Peninsula guide with the article: A Businesswoman in Saudi.
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This consultant has 20+ years as a public relations (PR) executive, and marketing and training and development professional. Her specialty is start-up situations and creating sustainable, result-oriented relationships. She has led and collaborated on hundreds of successful business, government, and not-for-profit initiatives.
From 2006-2009, she lived and worked in the Republic of Macedonia, where she developed a film commission, rural tourism projects, and presented workshops and trainings on PR, marketing, change management, and personal and professional development to business and government professionals and to university students.
She recently spent three months in the Republic of Georgia as a Response Corps PR Advisor to the Ministry of Environment Protection, where she designed and presented PR trainings and shared environmental PR best practices.
She has a Master of Science in Management, MSM: Leadership and Organizational Development with honors, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she was honored to receive a Special Faculty Award not presented every year: The Psychology Prize for “High Academic Achievement and Contribution to Research”. She is also a certified life coach.
She has great memories of growing-up as part of a large eastern European family in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. She and her family have lived in Florida since 1988, but she spends 6-8 weeks each year in Macedonia and the region working on projects, and reconnecting with friends.
This experienced cross-cultural trainer and coach has worked in corporate human resources and training for over 30 years and has been working at the senior level with global companies across many sectors since 2003, including financial services, defense, shipping, engineering, education, and government. She speaks regularly at international conferences and business schools on effective international business and communication.
Her past experience includes working for The McGraw-Hill Companies as Director of Human Resources/Training in UK/Europe (UK based) and the Asia Pacific region (13 countries, based in Singapore). She has worked with 38 cultures across US, Europe, Scandinavia, & Asia.
She was born in Tanzania, East Africa. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Business Studies, Coaching/Mentoring Certificate, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) UK. She is also Certified for Cultural Orientations Approach; Certified Trainer & Master Trainer for Performance Management; Master Trainer Intercultural Communication.
Project examples include training and coaching senior managers and teams in global organizations in the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Hungary, Italy, India, China, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, USA and Middle East … and also providing training and coaching in Business Sectors: Investment Banks, Financial Services, Retail, Manufacturing, IT, Telecoms, Automotive, Engineering, Pharmaceutical, Airlines, Shipping, International Law firms, Educational Establishments including Universities and MBA Schools.
Her published articles and conferences include: Lloyds List (UK); Marine Engineering (India); Shipping Magazine; UKTI, SEEDA (UK) Conferences – Business Week, Pharmaceutical (Berlin), NASSCOM, IT, WISTA, Shipping Companies, Publishers’ + Business Schools (UK, India, China)
Her languages include English, + 4 Indian languages (Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu).
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