Diego Gilardoni

Diego Gilardoni, a strategic advisor with an eclectic professional experience of over 20 years in three continents spanning from media to business consulting, works for Hofstede Insights as an intercultural management consultant and trainer and as a corporate keynote speaker.

A specialist of China, he is the Author of Decoding China. Cross-cultural strategies for successful business with the Chinese (Itim, 2017). He gained firsthand experience of Chinese business culture while working in Shanghai for a Swiss advisory firm specialised in M&A and market entry consulting.

In his strategic intercultural consulting, coaching and training activity for international companies doing business globally or dealing with multicultural teams, Diego brings an holistic perspective that reflects the diverse knowledge and skills acquired in his previous experience as an international journalist and analyst in Europe and in the United States and the insights gained through his business experience in China.

In the last few years, he has been invited by banks and business organisations as a corporate speaker to provide executive briefings and keynote speeches on China and global affairs. In 2016 he gave a TEDx Talk on the importance of cultural intelligence for global business, and in 2017 he was invited as a keynote speaker to the Leadership Summit in Istanbul.

Born in the Italian part of Switzerland, and therefore dealing with intercultural issues since an early age, he is fluent in Italian, French, English, and German, while he struggles to keep up with his Mandarin.