Gigi’s Bio

Gigi de Groot I have been working in the field of culture and management since 1996. Having a master’s degree in international relations and a huge interest in other cultures, based on work and living experience in countries such as Finland, Poland and China, I quickly picked up the impact of culture. After 5 years at the head office of itim international in the Netherlands as the Chief Operations Officer, I became my own entrepreneur and opened the itim Sweden office in 2002. In 2006 I became the CEO for itim international being responsible for the itim-group in 25 countries and with around 60 consultants worldwide. In 2012 I decided to focus more on consulting and facilitating and work now as a senior consultant for Move Management.

Over the years I have assisted companies such as Accenture, Unilever, Fortum, Tieto, Atlas Copco, Huawei, LG Electronics, and many more on intercultural management issues and organisational culture challenges. I also work with non-profit organisations such as high schools where the focus is on cooperation and communication in a multicultural society. And here in Stockholm I support Livstycket whenever I can or whenever they need me. Livstycket is a contemporary knowledge and design centre in Tensta, Stockholm in which women from all around the world participate. They want to give women who have immigrated to Sweden the chance to learn the Swedish language and culture while enhancing their self-esteem. I facilitate discussions on what working and living in Sweden means for them.I am one of the founders of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Sweden and still an active member. Just as every Swede living in an apartment, I am a member of the Bostadsrättförening, the association of owners of the building we live in. As a board member of this association I am daily involved in Swedish management and living practices.  In 2010-2012 I was a taskforce member of the intercultural mediation group of IMI (the International Mediation Institute) developing criteria for inter-cultural mediator training and IMI Certification. In 2015 I designed and delivered an Unconscious Bias training as a part of the Diversity & Inclusion work I am involved in.

Working internationally, but formost interculturally, is a true passion and I actively seek new cultures to add to my list of people from over 75 nationalities I have worked with and got to know.

I am certified in the Intercultural Readiness Check, a tool to better understand how someone currently approaches intercultural interactions. The Intercultural Readiness Check captures four intercultural competences, which can be trained and developed and I frequently use it both on individual as well as group level. I also use DISC, a personality assessment tool based on four different personality traits: Dominance, Influence, Stability, and Conciousness. And at the beginning of my career I learned all about Project Management, something that has been extremely useful throughout my working life, regularly running projects locally or globally for 20 to 200 people.

I speak fluently Dutch, English and Swedish, and have a good understanding of German and French.

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