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SIETAR India is proud to announce its 6th international conference in Pune, India on February 16 – 18th of 2018.

Feb 16th - Gala Dinner from 17:30 - 22:00

Feb 17th - Main Conference Day One 9:00 - 18:00

Feb 18th - Main Conference Day Two 9:00 - 18:00

Pre Conference Certification: Virtual Performance Assessment Certification on Feb 16th

Post Conference Certification: Cultural Detective on Feb 19th - 20th

As a consequence of globalisation, intercultural competence emerged as an essential component of working, studying, and thriving in a world where technology had shrunk geographical space and increased the frequency and complexity of global interactions.

Today we are witnessing strong headwinds of deglobalization, making it even more critical to develop both “inter” and “intra” cultural competence. As challenges continue to mount, cultural practitioners must work to ensure its relevance for all stakeholders and certainly for the youth of today. To paraphrase Dr. Shashi Tharoor, “We all celebrate our national independence days with a pinch of patriotism but the remaining days of the year, we will need more than ever to celebrate interdependence days.” Interdependence in our post-globalised, networked and technologically integrated world is impossible without intercultural competence.

Sietar India invites you to participate in its 6th international conference where the sessions will focus on:


1. Which concepts, tools and skills continue to be valuable for building intercultural competence?  How can we enhance their effectiveness given the changed contexts we work in today keeping in mind the needs of youth living, studying and working in a post-globalized world?


2. Which fresh new paradigms and perspectives must the intercultural field integrate to make our academia/corporate world and societies more culturally intelligent and inclusive?


3. Which best practices have emerged from India and from the rest of the world with regard to multi-cultural collaboration and leveraging of diversity - especially during periods of transition and polarisation?

With a theme of Intercultural Competence 4.0 – this conference will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the ever changing and evolving world of Intercultural Competence through the Indian lens. 

On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to welcome your participation and attendance for what will surely be an inspiring and engaging meeting of the minds.



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The SIETAR India 2018 conference organizing committee brings together individuals with significant personal and professional experience on six continents representing the fields of business, marketing, communications, high tech, academia, human resources, organization development, training, education and the arts.

Jill Sheldekar, Ethnosynth Consulting, Pune 

Lakshmi Kumar, The Orchid School, Pune 

Mala Malkani, Independent Consultant, Mumbai 

Sunita Nichani, Independent Consultant, Chennai 

Renu Ramakrishnan, Independent Consultant, Delhi 

Anantadeb Bandyopadhyay, Independent Consultant, Mumbai 

Vaishali Karmarkar, Goethe Institute, Mumbai 

Baishaki Bapat, The Orchid School, Pune 

Monica Scillieri, Senior HR Consultant, Pune 

Jenny Hyatt, Global Leadership Consultant, Pune 

Anindita Banerjee, Renaissance Strategic Consultants, Mumbai 

Vanita Singh, Firefly Experiences, Pune 


Jill Sheldekar +91 9764284086


February 16, 2018 — 5:30 pm to
February 18, 2018 — 6:00 pm

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MCCIA Trade Tower
5th Floor A-Wing, ICC Towers
Senapati Bapat Road
Pune, Maharashtra