The “Middle East” has long been an area of vital importance and a bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa. Connected by historical trade routes (Silk Route), the Middle East was part of the exchange of goods and services as well as knowledge: cultural; religious; and scientific. What is the impact of the “rise” of India and China in this region of the world in today’s global economy? How is the Middle East capitalizing on the momentum created by India and China? How are Asian interactions in the Middle East different from U.S. interactions? Are there similarities in how these areas of the world conduct business? What lessons can we learn from this historically vital region of the world that can impact the success of our business ventures?
Dr. Sangeeta Gupta is a partner in Gupta Consulting Group, a full service consulting and training organization specializing in global leadership, diversity and cross-cultural strategy and training. Dr. Gupta is a specialist in non-western history and cultures and has a deep expertise in India and Southeast Asia. She advises her clients on how to work effectively across cultural borders, regardless of where they are doing business.
Dr. Gupta received her Ph.D. from UCLA and is a senior faculty member in Chapman University’s Leadership Services Program. She is author or editor of several books including A Quick Guide to Cultural Competency, part of the Quick Guide Business Series for the busy professional (link to ) and Emerging Voices: South Asian American Women Redefine Self, Family, and Community. Dr. Gupta lives in Southern California, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.