Riana van den Bergh

Biographical Information

Place of Birth: Pretoria
Date of Birth: 02-09-1983


Riana van den Bergh is a Cultural Intelligence expert and has been a trainer in the intercultural field since 2005. She is a South African Industrial/Organisational Psychologist (Health Professions Council of South Africa) and focuses on Intercultural Awareness training for expatriates and managers.

Riana’s interest in cultural differences and diversity was fuelled early in her life. Born and raised in South Africa, she completed her Bachelor of Commerce with specialization in Human Resource Management (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria. Riana completed her Masters, with the focus on Cultural Intelligence (cum laude), whilst lecturing at the University of Pretoria and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her Master’s thesis forms the basis of a Cultural Intelligence workshop which is gaining increased popularity among international managers in South Africa. Based on her own experiences of expatriation to the Netherlands, Riana is currently conducting research for her Ph.D. on the adjustment experiences of expatriate women professionals living and working in different cultures.

In 2006, Riana was elected as one of South Africa’s 100 brightest young student leaders and achievers; and in 2008 she was awarded Honorary Academic Colors and an award for being one of the Top 20 student achievers in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

Professional Experience

Riana gained first-hand experience of the impact of cultural differences on working relationships as a volunteer for AIESEC International, an exchange organization where she was involved in intercultural coaching and training. She expanded her experience as a project leader by working for AIESEC Philippines Foundation during 2005/6.

She continued to work with people from various nationalities and diverse backgrounds as a fulltime lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and a guest lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. She also managed her own practice, providing training solutions and psychometric assessment services for clients such as SAB/Miller, SAMANCOR, Protech Khuthele, the South African Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of the Premier of the Western Cape.

Since joining Trompenaars Hampden-Turner in 2009, she has been involved with global corporate clients, educational institutions and international business schools as a consultant, coach, keynote speaker and trainer. She also manages corporate license holders and is involved in the development of new tools and products. Riana is also the key account manager for the South African clients of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner and has worked with the following organisations: ESKOM, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Grontmij, MTN, VNG International, Gordon Institute of Business Science, Generali, Dutch Tropical Institute, Hogeschool Inholland, Haagse Hogeshool.

Riana is currently based in the Netherlands and has a passion for the emerging markets in Africa. She is very interested in the reconciliation of African management principles and values with Western Management principles. She speaks English, Afrikaans and Dutch.

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