A world traveler and cross-cultural expert, Saehi studied the cultural theories of Geert Hofstede and the World Values Survey (Inglehart & Welzel) and has applied them in leadership coaching and business consulting for last two decades.
His focus has been broadening points of view, dealing with topics of global diversity and inclusion, intercultural management, organizational culture diagnosis and change, strategy management, and other organizational development areas.
He has worked as CEO/Chief Consultant of ITAP Asia-Pacific for 15 years, engaged in leadership/team development and strategic/cultural change of numerous multinational corporations such as Microsoft, PepsiCo, Exxon Mobil, Dell, AMD, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, National Instruments, Merck, Monsanto, RBS, Samsung, LG, KB Financial Group, and others. He also worked with the Blue House (Korean Presidential Palace), KNOC (Korea National Oil Corporation), Korea Expressway, in both in the public sector, as well as with NGOs including Beautiful Stores and Good Neighbors International.
Saehi was born and raised in Korea but worked and studied in Belgium for 15 years. While in Belgium, he was managing director of Hitel Express (sales/marketing consulting and tourism/publication) and Expo88/CHJ Group (international trading and exposition) managing subsidiaries in Korea, Belgium and the Netherlands. He served as Lieutenant Officer in Korean Navy and subsequently, as Chief Officer / Captain of merchant marine, visiting some 50 countries on five continents.
Saehi acquired four academic degrees in Belgium (MBA/BS, Brussels University) and Korea (Ph.D/BE, Korea Maritime University). He speaks Korean, English, and French, and learned Japanese, Spanish, and Dutch during his earlier career.
He taught Human Resource Management at Kosin University in Korea. He has written approximately 90 articles/columns on culture and organizational development including “Research on the Impact of Internal Values of Employees to Organizational Culture and on its Diagnosis Frameworks” (PhD thesis), “Mergers and Acquisitions: What to do when communicating more often is just not enough” (Global Forum, USA), and “Embedded Discrimination Factors in Korean Culture” (Korea Social Theory) and so forth.