"Cultural Intelligence in Project Management" - GHC India 2012





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Published on Jan 14, 2013

Moderator: Mohana Kamatchi, Symantec
Panelists: Madhu Bindiganvalae (EMC Corporation); Christie Caldwell, Aperian Global; Azra Jabeen (Symantec); Cynthia Srinivas, NetApp; Tathagat Varma, Yahoo! India R&D
The changing face of the workforce and increasing globalization of business has made management of cultural differences
unavoidable in projects. However, once people are organized into teams, real or virtual and expected to work collaboratively
for a common goal, it becomes impossible for the project manager to try to handle multiculturalism by dealing with each
employee individually according to his or her own cultural needs. The manager now has to manage not only a set of culturally
different individuals but a process involving different cultural responses. This calls for cultural intelligence (CQ), an aspect of
global business that is most often overlooked. In this panel discussion, we aim to explore CQ, a key managerial competency
for the twenty first century and its impact on project management.

Mohana Kamatchi, Senior Manager -- Internationalization, Symantec: Mohana is a senior leader with rich experience working with multi-ethnic groups in global environments spanning Japan, France, USA, Canada, Poland, UK, Ireland, China, etc. At Symantec, she heads India Internationalization Engineering and directs technology teams that enable Symantec software products to be world ready. She is also the Champion of Chennai Symantec's Women's Action Network and passionate about developing women leaders. Prior to Symantec, Mohana has held leadership positions in Renault and Nissan, Satyam and Business Objects. Although an IT professional, she enjoys the occasional challenge of working in diverse areas of translation, interpretation and teaching Japanese language.

Madhu Bindiganavalae Manjunath, Director -- Software Quality Engineering at RSA Security (Security Division of EMC Corporation): Madhu leads the global testing practice for RSA Security Management Suite of Products. In a career spanning 17+ years, She has experience working and managing customers and teams across US, Israel and India. Madhu has been a thought leader and uses innovative and out of box thinking to drive organizational change and has conceived and led several initiatives to drive Product Quality Improvements, Product Security, Diversity, Innovation etc. She spearheaded the Women's Leadership Forum at EMC India. Madhu holds a Masters degree in Economics, Masters in Computer Applications, Advanced Diploma in Commercial French and PGDBA (Operations) from Symbiosis, Pune.

Christie Caldwell, Senior Consultant and Manager, Aperian Global: As a Senior Consultant at Aperian Global, Christie delivers Aperian's global talent development solutions to clients within the APAC and EMEA regions. She has spent over 13 years as an expatriate in Asia and Europe, living and working in Taiwan, China, Mongolia, Bangladesh, India and the UK. She is currently based in Bangalore, India and works throughout the APAC region. Christie has a Master's Degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor's from The University of the South. She also completed the Master's program in Chinese Studies at the Johns Hopkins Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, PRC.

Azra Jabeen, Senior Director -- Global Partner Marketing, Symantec: Azra Jabeen brings 23 years of experience in varied marketing, strategy operational and financial analysis. She has an MBA from Santa Clara University and an MA in Economics from Bangalore University. She has undertaken international assignments in UK, Germany, Singapore and India. She is skilled in strategic management collaboration and alignment with cross functional & cross regional groups at all organizational levels to achieve common objective. She has worked with small, mid size and large companies with experience in building corporate value, driving growth and operating efficiencies. She is currently the senior director of Global Partner Marketing at Symantec, USA.

Tathagat Varma, Senior Director, Yahoo! India R&D: Tathagat Varma has over two decades of software product development expertize with Defense Research (DRDO), and leading MNCs Siemens, Philips, Huawei, McAfee, NetScout and Yahoo! in 3G Softswitch, Core Routing and Gigabit Switch Router, Digital Video Broadcast (DVB), Consumer Internet, Network Management and Workflow Management solutions in various technical, leadership and business roles. He is a strategic thinker and prolific blogger with interests in People Excellence, Process Effectiveness, Project Management, Product Innovation and Business Leadership. He currently heads Business Operations, Strategic Programs and Outsourced Product Development at Yahoo! India R&D.


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