Saint John, Canada
Anita Punamiya provides insights and practical solutions to clients for challenges faced when dealing with culturally different employees, clients, and partners worldwide. She conducts workshops to build awareness and cultural competence while giving participants the tools for dealing with cultural differences.
She specializes in the following cultures: Indian, Canadian, American, Middle-Eastern (UAE, KSA) and has conducted training in India, Canada, USA, and UAE.
Anita’s clients have included a range of industries such as Telecommunications, IT, Energy, Government, Education, International Trade, etc.
Anita feels that she was immersed in a type of cross-cultural life since childhood as her parents, though both Indian, belong to communities quite different from each other. Learning to navigate those differences, helped develop skills to read subtle nuances as different people interacted. She believes that is what encouraged her to learn more about this field and she continued to build on that foundation.
Additionally, Anita’s 10 year career in the UAE provided the perfect opportunity to learn about a wide range of cultures. Working in diverse teams gave her first-hand experience of the struggles and frustrations that occur and she learnt to manage those challenges, learning lessons on how to mitigate them to get the job done.
Anita has developed the curricula and taught the following courses at the University of New Brunswick: Cross-Cultural Communications and Negotiations, MBA Program, UNBSJ; Diversity in the Workplace, UNBF.
She also conducts workshops on ’The Role of Culture in Healthcare’ and ’Health Literacy’ for healthcare professionals.