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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Tom Verghese

Tom Verghese


Dr. Tom Verghese is an internationally renowned consultant, presenter, executive cultural coach, author and founder of Cultural Synergies. Tom’s expertise is cultural intelligence, inclusive and ethical leadership and the promotion of sustainable global leadership and high performing international teams. Tom has 25 years of experience working in the field of cultural intelligence, taking him to over 40 countries. Working with diverse business leaders around the world has provided Tom with an international perspective and experience as a specialist consultant who equips organisations and their teams with the skills to effectively work within and across cultures. With an extensive client base of Fortune 500 companies, he successfully works with a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, automotive, manufacturing, higher education, entertainment, FMCG’s and financial services. Tom holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, Graduate Diploma and Masters in Education and Training and a Diploma in Management. Tom is the author of ‘Cultural Agility’, ‘25 Years On’, ‘The Invisible Elephant – Exploring Cultural Awareness 2nd edition’ and the co-author of ‘The Pillars of Growth – The Keys to Getting Exponential Growth in Your Business Today.’

Tom conveys his knowledge and expertise through passion, humour, stories and a level of authenticity that resonates with his clients and brings meaning and relevance.

Dr. Tom Verghese was born and raised in multi-ethnic Malaysia and is of Indian origin. He speaks a number of Asian languages. Tom moved to Melbourne, Australia as an international student over 30 years ago where he continues to reside with his English born wife and two children.