Managing Across Cultures

Key to Global Success


Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz

President, Managing Across Cultures

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz is President of Managing Across Cultures, a consulting firm, specializing in training, coaching and developing Senior Executives who lead global collaborations, build cross-border teams and manage cultural transitions. Dr. Araoz comes originally from India, is based in the US and India , and has consulted in 20+ countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America. She specializes in helping global executives work more effectively in various countries, and especially to collaborate with India.

Dr. Araoz founded Managing Across Cultures in India in 1982 and in Boston in 1985. She is mainly Boston-based, but spends several months based in India and traveling. She is known as a pioneer in the cross-cultural management community in the Boston area and is called on as valued consultant/ coach/ speaker/ trainer with leading corporations and Universities in the greater Boston area.

Besides her in depth experience in developing executives and finding solutions to people issues in organizations, Dr. Araoz has been a management educator in the US, India and Europe. Dr. Araoz was invited to be the Director of a pioneering Business School (MBA Institute and Global Business School) in India in 2010. In the US, she was a pioneering Professor and the Head of the Department of Intercultural Relations and International Studies at Lesley University, where she led, developed and established a unique graduate program, with specializations in Intercultural Management and Cross-cultural Training, amongst others. She was also a Professor in Intercultural Management at the School for International Training.

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz has taught Cross-Cultural Management, Communicating Across Cultures, Collaborating across Cultures, and Global Project Management to leaders in business executive programs in the US, India and Sweden. She has been an invited Guest Lecturer in Business Schools in Japan, Sweden and Latin America, besides the US and India, where she was Faculty at the respected Symbiosis Institute of Management and the Institute of Management Development and Research, teaching Organizational Behavior, Communication and Cross-cultural Management.

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz helps global executives develop new insights about current global trends that affect their businesses, as well as reflect on their management and communication styles, and also better understand the teams they are managing. She helps them gain meaningful insights into the work culture of the country they are entering or working with. Dr. Araoz helps leaders excel in building effective teams and managing people from differing cultures---while growing as more productive and enriched human beings.

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz is able to help these leaders understand and identify the changes they may need to make, as they manage diverse people and help them gain insights into various perspectives about work-related situations. She assists them in discovering the key communication and people issues and cultural challenges that affect their collaborations, and the approaches they need to develop to address these. Dr. Araoz also assists leaders who need to help integrate corporate cultures following Mergers and Acquisitions. Additionally, Dr. Araoz coaches corporate leaders, as they plan their global strategies, and briefs relocating executives (as well as country ambassadors) as they make their cultural transitions.

Dr. Araoz has a unique style of helping people grow, change and realize their aspirations----her approach is to be very clear, candid and supportive, while empowering and insightfully challenging, always with caring, as well as humor.

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz has trained / coached leaders in corporations like DuPont, Dell, Microsoft, Yahoo, Tata Motors, United Technologies, HP, Bristol Myer Squibb, Lucent, SIEMENS, Novartis, John Deere, Cummins, Proctor & Gamble, Cargotec, Polaroid, Becton Dickinson, Air India, AT&T, Lucent, EMC, Tatas, FMC, GE Capital, Dell, 3M, Fedex, Chubb Insurance, Cigna, Wyeth, Price Waterhouse, Glaxo, Becton Dickinson, Texas Instruments, TCS, Cognizant Technologies, Sovereign Bank, Cross-cultural Training Services (Japan), Dag Hammarskjold Foundation and SIDA (Sweden) and UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Austria) . She is on the Global Leadership Coaching Panels for Dell, Intel others MNCs.

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz was recently invited to be a Delegate on President Obama’s Executive Mission to India, as one of the 200 CEOs on the US-India Business Council Delegation. Dr. Araoz has been a very popular speaker in 22+ countries, including for industry organizations like NASSCOM, ASTD, TIE, PBD, CII and at the UN and others. She is a Coach with Coach Source and Cambria Consulting. In addition to being a coach, Dr. Araoz has also been a trainer, who helps collaborative ventures to function significantly more effectively.

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz has been a Visiting Professor/ Guest Lecturer at Universities and business Schools in Sweden, India, the US, Japan, Latin America and other countries. She was an invited columnist for the Times of India on-line Ascent as a Gyan Guru (Knowledge Guru) on Leadership. Dr. Araoz can also train and coach in the German Language, and has facilitated the interface of Germans and Indian teams. She has been consulting in Sweden and Swedish Business Schools on a regular basis. She has been an invited lecturer or conducted workshops at almost all the Universities in Sweden every year from 1983 to 1993, and then again from 2001 till 2005.

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz holds a Law Degree (LL.B.), two Master's Degrees (German, Literature and Comparative Education), a Ph.D. (in Cross-cultural Counseling Psychology), and a German Teacher's Diploma.

Dr. Araoz was given the NRI Institute Award for outstanding contributions to the image of India abroad.

To consult with or speak to Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz, please write here

Managing Across Cultures
32, Seven Springs Lane, #104
Burlington, MA 01803, USA
+1 617 852 1055 or
+1 (781) 729-4407

When in India

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz
  • Has consulted with leaders and managers in several countries across the globe
  • Had confidential interviews with hundreds of leaders about their global leadership and team challenges
  • Pioneered in training cross-cultural teams from MNCs that worked across borders
  • Understands in-depth the varying perspectives and viewpoints that employees from different cultures (or just different people!) might have about the same corporate challenges and situations
  • Has identified, addressed and helped rectify critical issues that caused conflicts in cross-border teams
Through these experiences,

Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz

  • Has developed unique cultural insights and the ability to help build bridges and trustful relationships across cultures
  • Tunes in accurately to the cultural issues within teams,
  • Has learnt to facilitates diverse groups to develop mutual goodwill and genuinely cooperate with dedication and understanding
  • Helps teams jointly excel and exceed corporate expectations and targets--- while helping them have fun and really enjoy the process of working together!
  • Has identified, addressed and helped rectify critical issues that caused conflicts in cross-border teams
So Dr. Araoz is called on widely to support Global Leaders and to assisting Cross-border Teams to excel, by helping them understand one another’s real perspectives and cultural expectations. She motivates people to cultivate an interest in and respect for others , and helps them enjoy working together to achieve their business goals.

To consult with or speak to Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz,
please write here