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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

George Simons

George Simons


Consultant and trainer specializing in diversity, intercultural communication and negotiation, he holds a master’s degree from Notre Dame University and a psychology doctorate from Claremont Graduate School. He designed and conducted leadership coaching for managers working in BNP Paribas Bank and in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as delivered negotiation training for numerous corporations, humanitarian NGOs and the Asian Development Bank. A staunch supporter of benchmarking and gamification, Dr. Simons has authored and collaborated in such books as Seven Ways, Putting Diversity to Work, EuroDiversity,Global Competence, Men & Women, Partners at Work, Transcultural Leadership, Questions of Diversity and the Cultural Diversity Fieldbook and Sourcebook, Working Together  (multimedia for the Canadian Department of National Defence). Not my Type, a UK video diversity training program. A major contributor to Cultural Detective® training instruments, his articles, reviews and free resources can be found at He is the creator and Editor of the diversophy® series of intercultural learning tools and is currently developing versions of these training games for migrant acculturation. George was born in the USA and has lived in Germany, The Netherlands, and now in France and has worked in over 45 countries around the world. Having been board member of SIETAR Europa and France, he is currently a corporate member of SIETAR Poland. He speaks fluent English, German, French, Spanish; some Dutch, Russian, Indonesian and Italian. He manages the LinkedIn group of SIETAR Europa[GS1]  as well as his own personal site