What is SIETAR India?
SIETAR India (The Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research) is a nonprofit Association of educators, researchers and trainers from a wide range of practical and academic disciplines who share a common interest in the intercultural field. SIETAR holds Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
The network was originally established in 1974 and now includes over 3,000 interculturalists and 15 national and regional groups world-wide making it the world’s largest network for professionals working in the intercultural field.
SIETAR India, established in 2005, is a member of a network of similar SIETAR societies that span the globe. SIETAR India provides an opportunity to learn from and share with colleagues in the intercultural arena and advance the body of knowledge and practice in the field. Society members connect by attending conferences at home and abroad, by networking, and by sharing information and resources.
SIETAR India brings together individuals with significant personal and professional experience from all over the world representing the fields of business, marketing, communications, high tech, academia, human resources, organization development, training, education and the arts.
SIETAR India provides an opportunity to learn from and share with colleagues in the intercultural arena and advance the body of knowledge and practice in the field.
- To create a forum for people from diverse backgrounds working in an intercultural environment in order to share and grow.
- To showcase work and research in the intercultural field in India with the rest of the world and to bring best practices from the rest of the world to intercultural work in India.
- To contribute to the evolution of practices, tools, frameworks being used in the intercultural field to keep up with new intercultural challenges that emerge in our evolving societies.
What are SIETAR India’s Activities?
The international conferences, held in different cities each time, are the highlight of SIETAR India’s activities. They draw participants from the world over. The theme of the conference is chosen so that it is of relevance to the corporate, academic and research sectors. The conference is an occasion for many stalwarts and beginners in the intercultural field to meet and exchange. It is a transformative experience for many participants.
Learning Events in various cities- Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Delhi, Mumbai etc
SIETAR worldwide works on the principle of sharing and giving. Our learning events, held in different cities, are an example of this principle. Any person/ professional who wishes to share tools, experiences, case studies, research or even propose a discussion on a relevant theme volunteers to lead a learning event and SIETAR India provides the logistical support.
A round table format includes panel discussions and interactive activities with the audience on a chosen theme. Our round tables on expatriation and the challenges linked to them held in Mumbai, Pune & Chennai have been particularly appreciated.
What kind of audience do Sietar India conferences cater to?
The conference is a great learning & networking opportunity for any person working and/or living in an intercultural environment and wanting to expand their global mindset.
- Leaders of global organizations
- Business executives working in global teams
- Trainers /HR professionals / Consultants
- Academics , Researchers & Management Students
- Anyone with an interest in intercultural collaboration
Meet The Team
How was SIETAR India born?
SIETAR India came into existence thanks to the vision of Heather Robinson, a dedicated and brilliant interculturalist, Past President of SIETAR USA and the founder of Success Across Borders. She followed her husband on his 2-year international assignment to Bangalore in 2005. Her big question was “Why do we not have SIETAR in India?” and soon enough SIETAR India was born under her mentorship and guidance. The next year saw a high-energy vibrant first SIETAR India conference in Bangalore, which wowed all participants, international and local.
Founding Board Members
Sreemathi Ramnath, President
Vinay Kumar, Executive Director
Sunita Nichani, Treasurer
Our Former Conference Chairs
Special thanks to all of our former volunteers and board members especially:
Line Mark Rugholt