Eric Xu (China Country Expert)
Associate professor at ESSCA ( French Business School in Shanghai) and Shanghai University
Eric has lived and worked in France and Italy while serving multinational companies as General Manager, Vice President or Chief Representative in China. During that time, his expertise involved working in areas such as Team Building, Joint Venture communication, Business Development, Dealership networking, and Supplier Management.
Since 2005, Eric has specialized in intercultural communication and has been invited as a consultant, intercultural trainer and coach to support cross-cultural transitions and integrations. He has delivered over 500 private and group programs to clients from a variety of roles and from diverse cultural backgrounds, industries and economic sectors. They include teams managing international mergers and acquisitions, IT systems implementation teams, regional sales and service functions, candidates for international assignments, corporate executives on global career development and rotation programs, human resources consultants, new employees participating in on-boarding programs, as well as MBA, and EMBA students.
Eric has a B.A. in International Trade from Nanchang University and a B.A. in Law from Hunan University. He went to France for his postgraduate study in 2002 after 2 years of working in China.and later obtained his MBA in Euro-Asia Management from IAE Poitiers France. He regularly attends the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Reed College. He is an accredited facilitator (Culture Smart, Cultural Compass, Cultural wizard, Cultural Orientation Model) and Certified as a Global Mobility Specialist.
He speaks fluent English, French, and Mandarin.
Gaku Yoshimura (Japan Country Expert)
Having completed a 3 year course of study in Japanese Business Communication, Gaku has years of sales and advertising experience in the Japanese market. He is an expert in verbal and non-verbal business communication, having worked in Japan and other countries. He has enjoyed the opportunity to service major Japanese corporations as clients such as Canon, SHARP, Japan Airlines, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, and Yahoo! Japan.
Gaku is also a certified Japanese language teacher and has taught in the language and education field for over 10 years. He currently teaches Japanese to international students undertaking their International Baccalaureate Diploma courses, and great attention is given to providing cultural awareness and understanding of the target language.
In addition, Gaku serves as an interpreter and translator, providing services to international companies and organizations to help them successfully communicate with Japanese clients.
He speaks fluent Japanese and English.
Anita Sachdev (India Country Expert)
Anita defines herself as someone who is “inspired and open to life without borders, forging ahead with integrity and self-expression, and in the process, inspiring and empowering other people”.
Cultural psychology, cognitive global communication, and multi-cultural diversity are all inherent to Anita’s professional journey. With strategic communication as her core asset she drove business for consumer brands as head of large advertising agencies in Egypt and UK. She then led entrepreneurial ventures in New York and with an NGO in Canada. Originally from India, Anita left in 1988 for UK before moving on to spend 22 years in North America. She returned to live in India in 2010 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and an abundant passion for intercultural management.
Now, as an Intercultural Consultant to multiple global organizations she delivers successful cross-cultural training for Expat and Indian leaders working across borders, and global leadership programs to multi-cultural management teams. Anita has worked in India with CEOs, senior-level executives and departmental managers from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds to support these leaders become effective and comfortable working with other nationalities.
With her Intercultural Coaching, leaders can achieve much needed global and local congruence as well as develop the ability to have ‘Conversations and Dialogues’ by transforming communication to connection, which in turn impacts Individual Performance Rates (IPR).
Anita’s wings and roots philosophy reflects her ease in exploring new dimensions in her work grounded in spiritual understandings. Clients from multiple industries partnered with her to achieve goals viz; Unilever, L’Oréal Paris, Danone, GSK, Life Fitness, Brookfield.
- 25 years in International Communication, Advertising, Marketing,
- 3 years Multicultural Marketing Company in New York
- 15 years Entrepreneurial ventures including 10 years in Learning & Development in Canada/Mumbai.
- 25 years worked and lived in the USA, Canada, Egypt, Middle East
Education & Certification
- Adult Training and Education – University of Toronto
- Professional coaching qualifications include, Coaching Certified with Coach U and ICA,
- IICM Certified ACP coach, 2nd Accreditation with ICF in Progress
- Assessments: Certified in several Cross Cultural Assessments, DiSC, 360 and Hogan reports to coach executives, NLP Practitioner, Life and Career Coaching Assessments.
- DDI – Facilitation Training & Leadership Competency
- Facilitation Certification – International Association of Facilitators
- Counselling Program – New York University
- Masters in Management Program, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relation
- B.A. (Hons) Economics