Cheryl Obal

Cheryl Obal

“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.“ (Paolo Coelho)

I am an experienced and qualified corporate trainer with expertise in leading courses in business skills and intercultural competence at multinational companies and institutions worldwide. My broad range of talents and passions has led me to 60 countries, and I have lived and worked for extended periods of time in eight countries. My talent is inspiring the best in people, and I draw immense satisfaction from seeing people grow and improve through training.


United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates


English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Kannada
Contact Your Selected Coach

Professional Background

  • Intercultural Communication, Business English and Business Writing Instructor at KAUST – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia
  • Teaching Director & Lead Corporate Trainer – Carrot Global, Seoul, Korea
  • Culture & Communication Specialist – Microsoft, Bangalore, India
  • Senior Manager of Communication & CSR – Opteamix, Bangalore, India
  • Owner & Director – Creative Education Solutions in Vicenza, Italy

Experience as Coach

  • Intercultural Communication trainer for staff at KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • Cross-Cultural trainer at Microsoft India for software engineers working with US & European clients. Used Cultural Detective®, GlobeSmart, IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory), and ICS (Intercultural Conflict Style)
  • Head corporate trainer for Cross Cultural Training (CCT), Effective Business Writing, Presentation Skills, Negotiation Skills courses at multinationals all over Korea, including Hyundai, Samsung, Korean Air, Tupperware, et al.
  • Intercultural training consultant and executive coach for SK (Korea’s largest telecom and energy company) for entering North American and Latin American markets
  • Relocation & Cross Cultural trainer at Modine Italy, for US-bound Italian executives.
  • Needs assessment, content development and delivery of corporate training courses, individual coaching, cross-cultural preparation courses specialized for Indian IT professionals prior to departure for foreign assignments in US, UK, and APAC, at Opteamix India.
  • Guest Faculty Member in the Post Graduate Certificate Course for Professional Development at CREST – Center for Research and Education on Social Transformation in Calicut, India. Taught oral communication skills, intercultural awareness, presentation skills, career development for course specifically designed for Dalits (Untouchables) and tribals
  • Worked on international cruise lines Holland America and Radisson Seven Seas, visiting 50+ countries and working successfully with people from 66+ countries aboard the ships

Additional Work Experience

What Clients Say About Me

“Excellent course from start to finish.“
Jeremy Watson, Intercultural Communication Course at KAUST, Sept. 2017

“This is the best session I’ve ever been to.  Didn’t get bored at all. This is the first time I ever enjoy a session. And Cheryl is a very good and entertaining presenter!!“
Lama Khalofa, Intercultural Communication Course at KAUST, May 2018

“Thank you for being a wonderful facilitator. It was a very learning experience and an enjoyable one. Hope to be in your other class someday.“
Roberto Chato, Intercultural Communication Course at KAUST, Sept. 2017

“Thank you again for this very efficient course and training you gave us.“
Mohammed Nabilsi, Effective Communication Course at KAUST, May 2017

Contact Your Selected Coach