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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Shirley Johana Saenz

Business Partner, Director of Iceberg Cultural Intelligence. Cross Cultural and diversity expert with more than 10 years’ experience of consulting and facilitation about diversity, inclusion and cultural intelligence. Shirley is certified on Inclusive Leadership and Inclusive communication by Catalyst; and also has certifications on Methods of Intercultural Training, Global Collaboration, and Effective Intercultural Teamwork by the Intercultural Communication Institute.

Since 2009 Shirley has been working across the Latin American region and has become an expert on Latin American Cultures. Shirley has applied her skills training and advising expatriates, global teams, international business managers, and professionals working in diverse environments in several industries. Since is a delegate of the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Futures project lead by The Centre for Global Inclusion. Since 2016 Shirley has been also working as a professor of Cross-Cultural Management for the Online Business School at Barcelona University. Her specialties include expat training, leading global virtual teams, intercultural leadership and communication, and Diversity & Inclusion.

Shirley’s life and professional career has been shaped by deep intercultural experiences. She is originally from Colombia and has been living and working abroad in five different countries over the last 12 years, experiences which allowed her to gain a deep understanding of these different cultures, and become fluent in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.  

Shirley keeps involved in daily intercultural interactions and divides her time between residences in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Bogotá (Colombia).

Contact information:
Phone: +54 9 11 5734 3849