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Dr Tom Verghese


Cultural Synergies

Dr. Tom Verghese is an executive coach, international consultant, change agent, author, presenter and founder of Cultural Synergies. Tom is a dynamic, enthusiastic, passionate, energetic and entertaining speaker. He is the author of ‘The Invisible Elephant – Exploring Cultural Awareness 2nd edition’, ‘25 Years On – A Collection of 25 Reflections as an Intercultural Management Consultant’ and co-author of ‘The Pillars of Growth - The Keys to Getting Exponential Growth in Your Business Today.’ His latest book is Cultural Agility – A Practical Guide for Putting Cultural Intelligence into Action.

Tom’s expertise is in cultural intelligence, inclusive and ethical global leadership and high performing international teams. The development and support of Asian talent is also an area that he is passionate about. He has designed, facilitated and written specific learning and development programs for clients that are now delivered worldwide.

Over the last 28 years, he has had extensive experience working with a diverse range of multinational organisations and with global leaders from different cultures around the world. Some of his international client list includes BP, Shell, Honda, Autoliv, Hewlett Packard, ANZ Bank, Cadbury Schweppes, Novo Nordisk, AmBank, South32, Westpac, Dell EMC and Oracle. His domestic clients include Museum Victoria, WorkSafe, Victorian Ports, ISPT, Pyrenees Shire Council and the Melbourne Business School.

As well as the personal and professional fortitude Tom 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 holds a Masters in Education and a Doctor of Business Administration. He speaks a number of different Asian languages. Of Indian origin, born and raised in multi-ethnic Malaysia, Tom moved to Melbourne as a foreign student. His wife is English, and they have two children as well as a dog and a cat.

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