The Pharos team is a multicultural group of highly competent individuals who bring their complementary skills and experiences to meeting our clients' intercultural and global project needs.
Christoph Baumann specializes in incorporating theatre into the design of training programmes in Europe and in South America. He is an expert in developing realistic work-based scenarios and creative techniques which help speed learning. Working in English, Spanish and German, he conducts workshops to integrate new members into work teams, to improve cross-cultural collaboration and resolve conflicts. Christoph is an award-winning actor, director and teacher who is a valuable member of our training team. He is a native of Germany and lives in Quito, Ecuador.
Banu Golesorkhi is a founding partner of Pharos International and is responsible for the company's Research Centre. She manages the design and execution of client-commissioned and internal research projects. She has a Doctorate in Human and Organisational Learning from the George Washington University, as well as a Masters degree in Sociology and a Bachelors degree in Human Ecology. Her expertise includes development of intercultural awareness and competence, management of global mobility and building trust across cultures. She is a native of Iran and lives in Brussels.
Larry Jenkins is a member of Pharos' research team. His expertise in complex statistical analyses, synthesis and interpretation of research data add great value to our projects. In addition, Larry has worked as a Gestalt therapist and has training and experience in working with couples as they go through difficult transitions and adjustments. His counselling expertise is critical for coaching expatriates and their families through the adaptation stresses of new international assignments. He has an MA in Industrial/Organisational Psychology from the University of Colorado and an MA in Counselling Psychology from Regis University. Larry lives in Colorado, USA.
Daniel Kealey, Ph.D. is responsible for Pharos International's Assessment service, and is currently overseeing the development of the Global Business Interactions Profile (GBIP), a new Pharos tool for assessing and developing intercultural competence. He is a social and clinical psychologist who has carried out a 30-year research programme on cross-cultural effectiveness. The goal of his research has been to develop selection criteria, assessment tools and training methodologies for recruiting and preparing personnel for international assignments. His empirical research has involved global business personnel, astronauts, diplomats, foreign students and international aid workers posted to over 65 countries. He is a founding member of Academy for Intercultural Research, and is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. He has published several books and journal articles reporting on the findings and implications of his research on cross-cultural effectiveness.
Kim Shaak-Panjwani is responsible for Pharos' training activities in India, and is part of the team working on the development of the Global Business Interactions Profile (GBIP), a new intercultural competence assessment tool currently being tested in India. Kim has many years of experience in training expatriate executives and their families for adjustment to their assignment countries. She is currently on her second expatriate assignment in Mumbai, and works closely with international executives in India. She was formerly the Director of Training for Price Waterhouse USAID Financial Institutional Reform and Expansion Project in India. Kim has an MA from New York University and has completed her PhD course work at Columbia University. She is the author of an Introduction to Mumbai for Business Travellers and Expatriates.
Susan Vonsild is a long-term collaborator and team member, as one of the leading specialists in Managing of International Projects. Susan is founder of Interlink, Denmark, where she has worked on major global infrastructure projects around the world, including lengthy experience of projects in Indonesia and South Asia. Susan, an American who has lived in Denmark for many years, is a regular speaker and facilitator at the International Project Managers' Association.
We also partner with the following organistions:
Pepal (www.pepal.org) is a social enterprise that facilitates partnerships between the private and the non-profit sectors, to achieve sustainable change in the developing world. Pepal runs leadership and social innovation at the base of the pyramid training programmes through academic partners such as INSEAD, the Rapid Results Institute and the London School of Economics. All Pepal programmes include field and project work, which challenge the corporate and the NGO participants to develop their leadership, team working and cross-cultural skills while contributing to positive social change. Pepal's programmes create a powerful and transformational platform for talent development. Dr. Banu Golesorkhi of Pharos International serves on the Board of Directors of Pepal Limited.
Pharos has worked with Interlink Denmark for many years. Susan Vonsild and the Interlink team have extensive experience in multicultural project management and teamworking. They have supported projects throughout Europe, and in many Asian countries, including Indonesia, China, India and Malaysia.