Richard D Lewis is one of the world s most renowned cross-cultural thinkers, writers and trainers. He pioneered the Linear-, Multi- and Reactive Lewis Model of Culture 25 years ago.
He almost certainly has more culture-specific knowledge and experience than any other person working in the field. He has written a number of books including Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf; When Cultures Collide (sold over 1 million copies in 12 languages); The Cultural Imperative; Cross-Cultural Communication - A Visual Approach and When Teams Collide (May 2012), and is currently working on three new books.
He also writes on and teaches in most business functional areas related to culture, such as presentation, negotiation, leadership and teams. He has received numerous awards, including Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland and he was recently promoted to the rank of Knight Commander.
Brought up speaking two 'languages' - standard English and Wigan dialect - Richard became interested in language and culture at school, where French was his favourite subject. He taught himself German and Swedish as a teenager to listen to radio broadcasts in those languages, and went on to study French, Spanish and Italian at University, followed by a degree in languages and cultures from the Sorbonne. His worldwide chain of language centres grew to have the largest global market share after Berlitz. This required him to travel extensively, setting up new offices all over the world and he also lived for extended periods in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Portugal and Japan (where he was Committee Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo). In the late 1980s he began to shift his focus to cross-cultural training, developing the model for which he is now famous. He has visited 135 countries and lectured in 28.