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Stephen James

Los Angeles, USA

  • Specialist countries
    • Vietnam
    • United Kingdom
    • USA
    • More…
  • Areas of expertise
    • Cultural adjustment
    • Families moving abroad
    • Negotiation
    • Presentation
    • More…

Stephen James is an American-born British national consulting in the Intercultural Communication field in Europe, the USA and Asia. For 20 years, he has facilitated training and consultation on-location and through existing using distance technologies with multi-national teams and individuals in the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural European context as well as in the USA and Asia-Pacific Region. Stephen has lived and worked in the Philippines, the USA, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, the UK, and Germany/Switzerland. He uses team-based exercises and practical experiences centred around current theories in Intercultural Communication, Team-based training, and Negotiation. Stephen’s strengths lie in assisting culturally diverse groups to maximise their strengths and potential as they work together. Using the Lewis Model of Culture, Stephen focuses on: expatriate adjustment issues; team building in multi-national organisations, firms and government entities; international negotiations; and mentoring in the area of inter-cultural relationships for managers and supervisors.

Cultural background and experience

Stephen was raised in Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict from 1962 to 1975 and later studied at Soochow University in Taiwan. After receiving a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, he taught for two years in the Philippines and worked as an International Student Advisor in San Francisco and as an Intercultural Communications consultant in the Republic of Kazakhstan. In Turkmenistan he consulted for the Ministry of Education, and the Azadi Turkmenistan State Institute, lecturing in Intercultural Communication and International Negotiation. In London he developed support programmes for asylum seekers and refugees, whilst writing a training curriculumIn Germany he worked as a trainer in expat adjustment to urban environments. He completed a Master of Philosophy at the University of London in 2011, focusing on Vietnamese transnational networks. He currently lectures part-time at the University of California, Riverside.

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