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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Tom Verghese

Dr. Tom Verghese is an internationally renowned consultant, presenter, executive cultural coach, and author.  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.  He has 28 years’ 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 Master’s 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. As well as the personal and professional fortitude he brings to his interventions, his practical knowledge, experience, candour and wisdom contribute to his unique consulting, speaking and coaching success. He is a trusted adviser to senior leaders and does ‘deep work’ with his coaching clients. 

Tom’s significant global experience and diverse array of clients, coupled with his qualifications and multicultural skills, position him as a leading international specialist in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, and high-performing teams and leaders. 

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

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