Tom Verghese

Tom Verghese


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About Me

I was born and raised in Malaysia and came to Australia as a foreign student where I have now lived for many years. My wife is English and we have 2 children, 1 dog and a cat. I have been an independent consultant for the last 22 years and my specialty is developing the ability of individuals, teams and organizations to work more effectively across different cultures. I travel frequently and enjoy sampling different cuisines as well as single malt whiskeys.

JOB TITLE: Principal

FUNCTION: Executive

INDUSTRY: Business Services & Consulting

CATEGORY: BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) Services



Work experience


Cultural Synergies

March 1992 - Present ( 28 years, 4 months ) | Melbourne, Australia

I'm the Founder and Principal Cultural Synergies. We are a niche intercultural management consultancy that develops cross-cultural competency through consulting, workshops, executive cultural coaching and cultural mentoring. As we are a micro business, I'm involved in most aspects of the consultancy. Some of our clients include Sara Lee, Microsoft, National Australia Bank, Autoliv, Dell, Deutsche Bank, Ambank, Walt Disney, Cadbury-Schweppes, One World, Honda, BP, The Faculty and Shell.


University of South Australia

Doctor of Business Administration of Cultural Intelligence and Global Leadership

2004 - 2012

I have been studying part time over the last 20 years...a slow learner! I have a Diploma in Management, a Graduate Diploma and Masters in Education and Training (Victoria University) and a Doctorate in Business Administration. My thesis explored the link between Cultural Intelligence and effective global leadership. I'm the author of ‘The Invisible Elephant – Exploring Cultural Awareness and the co-author of ‘The Pillars of Growth - The Keys to Getting Exponential Growth in Your Business Today.’