Fernando Sanchez-Arias

With almost 30 years of experience in leadership & talent development, cross-cultural business & cultural intelligence, people strategy & organizational development, diversity & inclusion, and change & innovation, Fernando has been leading, speaking, training, coaching, and building alliances in more than 70 countries. He currently is part of The Home Depot, acting as the Chief People Officer of Global Custom Commerce and HR Director of THD Marketing/Online. Before joining the US retail leader, he worked as Corporate Director and Chief Learning Officer of an oil & gas manufacturing business group, where he managed various mergers and acquisitions, and co-founded its corporate university. His passion for continuous improvement helped him to start MEJORAR, an international research, learning, and development center for leaders, organizations, and communities. He holds a Magna Cum Laude university degree in Business Administration, with a major in Organization & Methods, is a Certified Executive Coach by the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) and Newfield Consulting, and an International Training Fellow (No. 31) of the JCI University. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Talent Development - ATD (formerly ASTD) and was the 59th World President of Junior Chamber International (JCI). He was part of the Wharton School/Graduate School of Education Work-based Learning Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his Mg.S. in Education and is currently writing his dissertation in the PennCLO Doctoral Program. He is also the founder of Fundacion CIELOS, a nonprofit organization that educates and mentor young leaders from economically challenged communities. His lines of practice and research are: Cultural Intelligence, Cross-Cultural Leadership, Digital Leadership, Creativity & Innovation, Organizational Learning, Diversity & Inclusion, and Organizational Change.

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