François D. Knuchel
SPEAKER - WRITER - FACILITATOR - PHILOSOPHER - ENTERPRENEUR
François Knuchel helps managers striving to develop & sustain cooperation within their organisations and enhance communication across borders. He draws on a wealth of experience as an intercultural management consultant, trainer and curriculum designer, with over 20 years' experience working with international executives, managers and directors of leading companies like Toyota, Suzuki, Kobelco, Yamanouchi Pharmaceuticals and Sanwa Bank throughout Asia. He is founder and Managing Director of Transcultural Synergy. His main area of expertise is helping people bridge cultures and cooperation beyond teams, whether these be across work units, functions, departments, organisations or countries. He is a master of accelerated learning techniques, which he uses extensively in his highly interactive workshops.
A British-Swiss national, Francois Knuchel graduated in communications at McGill in Canada. He speaks 5 languages fluently, including Japanese, and is well travelled throughout Asia-Pacific. He has lived in Switzerland, Germany, Canada & Japan, and is now based in the UK. He has held numerous senior management positions in personnel, project & product management, as well as branch & general management, including several years as Executive Director in Japan and Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific. He is a member of SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training And Research), and a former PR Director for SIETAR-Japan. He writes regularly and gives public speeches on international communication and culture bridging issues.
Francois Knuchel spent over 15 years consulting blue-chip companies in Asia (Technology Transfer, Joint-Ventures) in projects with North America and Europe. Through this he is intimately familiar with Japanese management styles and principles such as TQC, JIT and Kaizen. As an intercultural facilitator and communicator, he has extensive experience in imports & exports, and is at home in many industries. He also has substantial sales and marketing experience and he co-founded Route 2 Solutions, a marketing group assisting companies develop international business. Apart from his communications work, he is very interested in cross-border post-merger integration issues, and on a personal level he is pursuing his passion for harmony, working towards a "Philosophy of Peace".
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