Institute for Developing Across Differences

Nagesh Rao, PhD | Sep 14, 21 & 28, 2021



Dr. Nagesh Rao is an accomplished trainer, coach, consultant and professor who uses intercultural competence, cultural humility, storytelling and intercultural listening to develop leaders in health, education and business.

In Nagesh’s three+ decades of teaching, consulting and training in the US, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Brazil, Norway and beyond, he has worked with clients in Fortune 500 corporations, top medical schools and hospitals, educational institutes and community-based non-profit organizations.

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  • Social Change Management and Leadership.
  • Academic Leadership (Higher Education).
  • Marginality in Education & Beyond.
  • Intercultural Competence and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In Healthcare.
Selected Contributions
  • A Day Without Questions. Training. 2012.
  • Talking About Health. Essay in The Times of India. February 19, 2010.
  • Disclosure and Truth in Physician–Patient Communication An Exploratory Analysis in Argentina, Brazil, India and the United States. 2007. Article in Journal of Creative Communications 2 (3). Co-authored with Torres, MB.
  • i am a door. Poem. 1992. Published 2003, Council of Europe.
  • Effective HIV/AIDS prevention communication strategies to reach culturally unique populations: Lessons learned in San Francisco, USA and Bangkok, Thailand. 1998. Article in International Journal of Intercultural Relations 22(1), 85-105. Co-authored with Svenkerud, PJ.
  • Are We Caught between Two or More Cultures? The Importance of Teaching Cultural Marginality in Our Classrooms. 1995.
  • The ‘oh no!’ syndrome: A language expectation model of undergraduates’ negative reactions toward foreign teaching assistants. 1994.
Fun Fact

Believes in the restorative power of naps

Favorite After Hours Treat

Full-bodied red wine with fine cheese and crackers