Cultivating Cultural Intelligence

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Panel Discussion
Tuesday, 27th February 2024
From 7:15 PM to 8:00 PM (IST)
Free

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A conversation with Professor and Award Winning Author Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, CEO, Barunson E&A Brian Park and Founder and Chairperson, Avid Learning Mrs. Madhu Ruia focusing on how cultivating cultural intelligence is of paramount importance for today’s youth in the increasingly interconnected diverse world. The discussion exploring strategies to thrive in a multicultural world will be moderated by Journalist and Presenter, Dubai Eye 103.8 Sonal Rupani.

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Cultivating Cultural Intelligence
Cultivating Cultural Intelligence
Cultivating Cultural Intelligence
Cultivating Cultural Intelligence

Faculty

Mrs. Madhu Ruia

Mrs. Madhu Ruia

Founder and Chairperson, Avid Learning

Founder and Chairperson, Avid Learning Mrs. Madhu RuiaWife of Mr. Ravi Ruia, the Vice Chairman of the Essar Group, Mrs. Madhu Ruia has always believed in continuous learning programs. She founded Avid Learning in 2009 as a platform that creates opportunities for curious lifelong learners to cross their existing boundaries and interact with experienced masters in arts, culture, and new-age topics like NFTs and cryptocurrency.  The platform also curates and stages performances featuring cross-art collaborations intertwined with technology, such as 3D imaging, offering new and intriguing perspectives to the audience.She began her educational journey began at St. Mary's Convent in Kanpur, where she studied the arts and participated in intercollege debates in Sanskrit. A high-achieving student, she secured second place in the combined universities of Lucknow and Kanpur, earning the title of 'Best Girl.' Growing up in a Marwari household, she was immersed in Shakespearean literature and Sanskrit works like Kalidas’s Meghdoot and Raghuvaṃśa.Her interest in Hindu religious thought led her to complete online and offline courses at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She was subsequently invited to join their board and now holds an honorary position at the prestigious institution. A firm believer in life-long learning, she pursued several courses at the New School in New York City, culminating in the establishment of the Avid Learning platform. An accomplished sitar exponent, she showcased her musical talent on the program titled "Ubharte Swar" on Lucknow TV. Additionally, she is a self-taught artist and sculptor, winning an award from the Lalit Kala Academy.Mrs. Madhu Ruia is also a founding committee member of the Sahachari Foundation Events, organizing the popular Design One exhibition 4-5 times a year. The foundation aims to empower new talent and raise funds for deserving NGOs. These events celebrate the incredible talent of creative designers, providing a platform for stakeholders to connect with consumers in a growing market.

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Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

Professor and Award Winning Author

Professor and Award Winning Author Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess Dr. Sabic-El-Rayess, the first Muslim to be elected the President of Brown University’s Alumni Association in the University’s 258-year-long history and a prominent figure on Brown University Corporation’s Board of Directors, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. She is also an associate professor of practice at Columbia University. Her work, supported by prestigious institutions like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, reflects her commitment to education and international studies. As an author, her award-winning writings, including her memoir The Cat I Never Named and the upcoming Three Summers, capture her profound insights into resilience and human spirit.  

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Brian Park

Brian Park

CEO, Barunson E&A

CEO, Barunson E&A Brian Park In 2007, Brian assumed the role of Head of Global Business at Barunson Group. During his tenure, he orchestrated numerous business acquisitions and growth strategies, significantly diversifying the company's revenue streams. His elevation to CEO at Barunson Games Corp. in 2013, later rebranded as Barunson E&A, marked a pivotal moment where he charted a new course for the company's gaming division. Under his guidance, the gaming business witnessed a remarkable transformation, evolving from a $6 million revenue venture in 2012 to a thriving $15 million enterprise by 2015.  Between 2016 and 2019, Brian actively participated in various tech startup ventures and entertainment-related companies, serving as a founder, advisor, and more. Upon his return to the position of Barunson E&A's CEO in 2020, he skillfully led a team to secure a substantial USD 100 million private equity fund. This fund was specifically allocated to foster content creation across films, TV series, and unscripted content, with the aim of supporting production companies in their creative endeavors. Currently at the helm as CEO of Barunson E&A, Brian Park is dedicated to advancing the company's global presence, with a focus on expanding international investments and distribution initiatives.    

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Woo-Sik Seo

Woo-Sik Seo

Producer of Academy award-winning movie Parasite and Okja

BarunsonC&C is a film and TV series production company founded by CEO WOO-SIK SEO who produced a number of global scale works such as DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN and OKJA. Barunson E&A, the producer of the global hit PARASITE, is the company’s major shareholder.

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Sonal Rupani

Sonal Rupani

Journalist and Presenter, Dubai Eye 103.8

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Collaborations

Al Serkal Avenue
Al Serkal Avenue
Barunson E&A
Barunson E&A
International Interfaith Research Lab
International Interfaith Research Lab
Looking Glass
Looking Glass


Blog

Understanding Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence, also known as Cultural Quotient (CQ), is a concept introduced in 2003 by Professors Christopher Earley and Soon Ang. It is derived from the concept of IQ, and Earley and Ang defined Cultural Intelligence as an individual's ability to adapt to new cultural settings. Developing Cultural Intelligence can be achieved through various strategies, such as seeking out diverse experiences, engaging in cross-cultural training programs, building relationships with individuals from different cultures, and continuously expanding one's knowledge about global affairs. Possessing a high level of Cultural Intelligence enables individuals to enter new environments with confidence and make informed judgments based on observation and evidence, rather than relying on stereotypes or assumptions. It fosters effective communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making across cultural boundaries.

 

Components of Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence comprises several components that synergistically enhance an individual's ability to navigate diverse cultural environments. The first component is the Head, involving the knowledge and understanding essential for proficient CQ. This encompasses observation and research, enabling individuals to gather information about various cultures and customs. The second component is the Body, which emphasizes translating cultural insights into visible actions. This entails the capacity to adapt one's behavior, communication style, and body language to interact effectively with individuals from different cultures. The third component is the Heart, symbolizing a high level of CQ where individuals are self-assured and unafraid of making mistakes or encountering misunderstandings in cross-cultural situations. It involves having confidence in one's abilities and maintaining an open-minded approach to learning from others.

 

Significance of Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence facilitates expansion into culturally diverse markets, both domestic and global, and plays a significant role in fostering collaboration among individuals from varied corporate cultures, traditions, or nationalities. It inspires creativity and drives innovation by incorporating different cultural perspectives in the workplace. Enhanced cultural intelligence enables individuals to become more sensitive to others, ensuring the effectiveness of multicultural teams. A company that values diversity, inclusivity, and cultural sensitivity is likely to experience increased productivity and efficiency. Culturally intelligent workforces demonstrate better tolerance, trust, and understanding of global colleagues. Cultural Intelligence aids in understanding local cultures, immersing oneself in their ways and mannerisms, and mirroring the gestures of those around you, ultimately leading to an increased ability to communicate and interact with culturally diverse customers. Culturally sensitive leaders proficiently manage the dynamics of multicultural groups.

 

Multiculturalism

The concept of multiculturalism is grounded in the belief that society can benefit from preserving, respecting, and even encouraging cultural diversity. Multicultural communities are characterized by individuals who retain, pass down, celebrate, and share their unique cultural traditions and ways of life. This includes language, cuisine, customs, art forms, music, festivals, and more. The presence of diverse cultures in a society allows for a vibrant exchange of ideas and experiences. Multiculturalism promotes social cohesion by fostering understanding and acceptance among different cultural groups. It encourages individuals to appreciate the values and perspectives of others while maintaining their own cultural identity. By embracing multiculturalism, societies can create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

 


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