Divya Susan Varkey

Divya Susan Varkey

I am Indian, living in the Netherlands with a mixed family that is half Indian and half Spanish. I often tell my clients that I thus, practise what I preach every day. I’ve been coaching expatriates moving to India and Indians moving abroad for 7 years now and have worked with over 50 different nationalities of people, ranging from mid-level executives to CXO’s from companies like Boeing, Bayer, Nike, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, Heineken, Friesland Campina, General Motors, Continental Automotive and the like. What I find most fascinating and what I use in my coaching sessions is that each one has their own unique set of experiences and thus, their own unique way of interpreting the new reality as they work with another culture. There is therefore, no one-size-fits-all solution to challenges. Each one’s challenge has to be identified and strategized according to their own style. That for me is the most important job when I coach someone.


India, Netherlands, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland


English, Hindi, Malayalam
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Professional Background

I started my career as a Communications and Public Relations executive and moved into the field of Intercultural Communications, seeking more meaning in what I do. I have double masters’ degrees – in Communications and Intercultural Communications. My qualifications are as follows:

  • Masters in Intercultural Communications, Universita della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
  • Masters in Communication, School of Communications, Manipal, India
  • Certified in Intercultural Communications Management, Hofstede Insights
  • Certified in Organizational Culture, Hofstede Insights
  • Certified as Intercultural Coach, Cartus Intercultural Academy
  • Published paper “The Great Indian Democracy“ in the Journal of Intercultural Management and Ethics, October 2019
  • Published paper “A Global Pandemic in India“in the Journal of Intercultural Management and Ethics, April 2020

Experience as Coach

I have been coaching expatriates for 7 years now and have worked with over 50 different nationalities to date.

Additional Work Experience

  • Public Relations consultant – 3 years
  • Communications Manager for a Start-up – 5 years
  • Team Building Facilitator – 5 years

What Clients Say About Me

“Approximately a year ago we prepared for our relocation from Switzerland to India – a true contrast in potentially all aspects of living and working. As part of our preparation we had the true pleasure of a 2 day culture training session with Divya. Besides a general introduction to India and Mumbai (our new home for the next couple of years), Divya prepared a lot of individual sessions tailored to all aspects, like office, daily living, kids activities, etc. All sessions were extremely well crafted and totally to the point.  A year down the road we realize and reflect back, how easy the entire transition has been thus far; as a complete family we clicked from the first day. Even after a year we are experiencing so many different situations which remind us of the session with Divya and enable us to understand and appreciate the great diversity of the country. Especially the concept of “Jugaad” you see every day or the religious variety and the different festivals. Living right in the middle of Mumbai, you see all of that in front of your house. Given the context we learned during the culture training, it is much more enjoyable as you understand the background and context. On my work front, we talked a lot about the high relevance and importance of attending speaker events and representing the company in industry associations. That was a good recommendation, as high-level professional relationships are vastly built in those events. We have done a couple of intercultural trainings in the past for our various moves, but the sessions with Divya have been by far, by far the best, most impactful and relevant ones. Thank you very much, Divya”
Rolf Hoffmann, Chief Financial Officer, Bayer South Asia

“Divya’s sound knowledge in the area of inter-culturality and her impactful persona, make for an excellent and effective inter-cultural trainer. Her attention to detail and thorough professionalism are an asset. I highly recommend her work in the field of cross-cultural sensitization. Divya would also be an apt choice for culture and integration coaching for senior management professionals and expatriates.”
Soumya Basavaraj, Learning and Development Manager (erstwhile), Mercedes Benz R&D India

“Divya is my Intercultural Trainer for this assignment I have in India and I already spent very valuable time with her. She was able to go through the Indian culture both in work relationships and also on the social relationships. She was able to show me with a very professional approach the things we have in common and the things where Italians and Indians are different. She gave me a lot of hints on how to handle difficult situations and very important advices on how to smoothen my behaviour in order to better fit into an Indian organization. One great learning for me was the portion regarding the cultural shock and she was very good in giving me advices on how to handle eventual crisis. Last but not least Divya has a great birthright, she is able to get you immediately relaxed and full of enthusiasm towards this intercultural experience.”
Umberto Pellegri, General Manager, Catraport


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