Prof. Arun Singh, OBE, FRSA

Expertise

Arun is a corporate educator and international lawyer in private practice. As a facilitator, coach and consultant he focuses on Intercultural Management and Communication, International Leadership, Impact and Influence, Intercultural Negotiations, Cultural Due Diligence, and Country-Specific Advice (among others Indian culture). He has carried out post graduate studies and research at the University of Cambridge into intercultural teams, negotiation and the impact of intercultural training. He has published in the Financial Times, Indian Economic Times and Euromoney.

Arun is an accomplished and widely recognized facilitator, consultant, coach and trainer on intercultural matters since 1988 for a range of international companies. In 1999 he was appointed an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to international investment and intercultural management. He is a Visiting Professor to Salford University Business School on International Leadership, Negotiations and Business. Arun also chairs an international investment company, audit committee and sits as a non executive director on the boards of two listed international investment companies.

Professional Experience

Previously he was a partner at City of London law firms (Pinsent Masons,) and KPMG where he practiced as a lawyer, led the international commercial law group for KPMG globally, management consultant, led international teams, led the India Business Group for KPMG Europe and trainer to senior and middle management both within and outside KPMG in the arena of cross-border M&A and investment, disputes and outsourcing across the developed world and emerging markets.

He is currently a Senior Associate on Management Development at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Legal Practice, he is a Visiting Lecturer in International Negotiations, Leadership and Influencing to the University of Cambridge where works specifically with Chinese bankers from the Bank of China, Chong Qing and Bohai Banks on leadership and working across cultures. He was a Non Executive Director of UK Government’s Trade and Invest Organisation.

Since 1988 for he has worked with board members, professional service partners, senior and middle management his open or private facilitated programs in Europe, North America and Asia at ABB, ABN AMRO, ANZGrindlays Bank, BA, Bank of China, BP, BT, CapGemini, Centrica, Cisco, CNN, Danone, Daimler Chrysler, Diageo, The Economist, EDF, ENI, Emirates, Ericsson, Goldman Sachs, GSK, HSBC, IBM, ING, Infosys, KPMG, Motorola, National Geographic, Norsk Hydro, Novartis, NovoNordisk, Orange, Philips, Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum, PWC, Royal Bank of Scotland, FL Schmidt, Saint-Gobain, Shell, Siemens, Standard Chartered Bank, Syngenta, UBS, Unilever, Virgin and Volvo.

For Trompenaars Hampden-Turner he has often been asked as an expert on Indian culture to conduct workshops on Intercultural Management with special focus on working with people from India (e.g. Philips and RBS).

Speaking Expertise

Arun is an experienced and popular speaker on intercultural issues at international corporate conferences.

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  • We're getting multi-culturalism all wrong - Patheos (blog) June 4, 2017
    Patheos (blog)We’re getting multi-culturalism all wrongPatheos (blog)And here I have pulled Riding the Waves of Culture, by Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner, off the bookshelf. This was a book that was given to us as reading material when we were preparing for our expat assignment in Germany, and it was … For the full article, please see here: htt […]
  • The new geography of management - Chartered Management Institute April 7, 2017
    Chartered Management InstituteThe new geography of managementChartered Management InstituteCultural theorists Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars believe that such companies owe their success to ignoring Western advice and plotting a distinctively Chinese course. Their genius, they posit, has been to integrate elements that, to the … For the full art […]
  • Got Strategic Goals They Won't Happen Without The Right Corporate Culture - Mondaq News Alerts (registration) April 2, 2017
    Got Strategic Goals They Won’t Happen Without The Right Corporate CultureMondaq News Alerts (registration)It is therefore crucial to ensure that the firm’s values are lived by its individuals in their day-to-day work, and that they fully reflect the firm’s ambition and strategy. Thanks to the acquisition of the research firm THT, founded in 1985 by Pr. Dr … […]
  • Hard M&A Deals Need Soft Skills, Says Grant Thornton - CFO innovation ASIA March 28, 2017
    Hard M&A Deals Need Soft Skills, Says Grant ThorntonCFO innovation ASIAIt’s a statement backed up by Fons Trompenaars, a management consultant and author who specializes in intercultural issues. He has claimed that two out of three mergers fail due to not taking care of cultural issues. “The difficulty is not in the … For the full article, please see: ht […]
  • Redefining our company values to support growth - Real Business December 20, 2016
    Real BusinessRedefining our company values to support growthReal BusinessOne of our major projects over the last year has been to re-evaluate our company values and behaviours. Some people may think of this as more of a “nice to do” and I know that some of our staff thought it a bit “fluffy” to start with, but in my view it … For the full article, please see […]