DFA Staff Profiles
As president of DFA, New York, Dean Foster conducts cross-cultural training worldwide and consults on intercultural business issues with most Fortune 500 companies in the United States and around the globe.
For over twenty years, Dean has played a major role in the development of the intercultural training field: formerly he was founder and Managing Director of Berlitz Cross-Cultural Worldwide, Vice President GMAC/Windham Intercultural, and founder of Cross-Cultural Consulting Associates, New York. Dean is a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC and other TV and radio shows, and keynotes at major international professional conferences.
Dean has written many articles, as well as the four-part Global Etiquette Guide book series, which includes The Global Etiquette Guide to Europe, the Global Etiquette Guide to Asia, the Global Etiquette Guide to Latin America, and the Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East, as well as Bargaining Across Borders,which the American Library Association voted as one of the top ten business books of 1994.
He is a Contributing Editor for National Geographic Traveler, writing the CultureWise monthly column, and Senior Contributing Editor for the International webpage of Monster.com. Dean presents at many educational instutuions such as Harvard, and is on faculty at the Intercultural Management Institute at American University, Washington D.C. Dean has a Master's Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, New York City.
Dean's blog, The Culture Prophecy, investigates the often unacknowledged role culture plays in human behavior and world affairs.
Sheryl FosterVice President
Sheryl Foster is Vice President and co-founder of DFA, responsible for client development and program coordination worldwide.
Working with Dean Foster in the intercultural training field for over twenty years, she was co-founder and Vice President of Cross-Cultural Consulting Associates, NY, Director of Berlitz Cross-Cultural North America and Director of New Product Development for Berlitz Publishing. Most recently she served as Director of Client Services at GMAC/Windham Global Relocation Services, directing international account managers responsible for coordinating all relocation services for international corporate clients.
Sheryl is a member of the American Association for Training and Development, Society for Human Resource Management and the Employee Relocation Council.
François LongeiretVice President, Sales and Client Relations
François Longeiret has been in the United States since 1987. He relocated from France to stay in the Baltimore-Washington DC Area for over 18 years. Not only did he change countries, but also careers after working for 8 years in the finance industry. He joined Berlitz International in 1988 first as a French Language Instructor and then worked his way up to LC and marketing and sales director and has helped the world communicate for over 20 years.
As a marketing and sales Director in Rockville, MD, Washington DC, Baltimore/Odenton, and finally Atlanta, GA, Mr. Longeiret managed and oversaw the day-to-day operations of more than 60 instructors and administrative staff. He was responsible for management, service and quality control, and client relationships. Most recently, Francois has been working with DFA as Regional Marketing and Sales representative for the southern region. As of August 2010, Francois has held the position of Vice president, Sales and Client Relationships, DFA Intercultural Global Solutions.
Joe McClureDirector, New Business Development, Midwest
Joseph McClure joined General Motors Corporation in 1964 as a student at General Motors Institute. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and began his career in Human Resources at GM's Harrison Radiator Division in Lockport, NY. Joe moved to Detroit in 1977 and was involved in bringing the personnel function into the computer age with the launch of GM's first Human Resources system. In 1981, Joe and his family moved to Zaragoza, Spain where he served as the Manager of Human Resources and Expatriate services for over three years.
Joe repatriated to the International Assignment Services staff of GM in 1984 and has worked in various capacities within that staff. Prior to his retirement from GM in 2002, he was Manager of International Policy Development. In this role, Joe was responsible for the development and implementation of a website for the GM expatriate community. Additionally, Joe has managed the review and revision of GM's expatriate policies that impact an expatriate population of nearly 1250.
Since 2002, Joe has been working with DFA in the field of cross-cultural training, as Director, New Business Development, Midwest Region. He is also the trainer for DFA programs in the Detroit area.
Sharjeel A. MoutierDirector, New Business Development, Middle East
Sharjeel Antoine Moutier is a Senior Associate and Cross-Cultural Trainer with Dean Foster Associates. He has been working with dfa for quite some time since receiving his advanced training in cross-cultural methodology and practice. He is also a professional strategic consultant advising global corporations to develop their activities in the Middle East and Gulf region.
His expertise is concentrated in over 15 years of international experience in global industries, such as the computer and information industries as well as financial and investment banking services. His geographical areas of concentration are the European Union; Middle East Gulf, specifically Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates; and the Indian Sub continent, specifically India & Pakistan. Sharjeel holds degrees in international finance & marketing from the American Business School in Paris France. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at universities across Europe where he shares with students his knowledge. He is the author of several articles on cross-cultural communication and international business, notably for Japanese businessmen working with the Middle East. He works professionally in a number of languages, including but not limited to English, French, Arabic, & Hindi. Sharjeel is of Indian heritage, grew up in Saudi Arabia & the United Arab Emirates, was educated in Britain and France, and currently divides his time between Dubai and Paris while delivering his services to companies globally.
Teh Kheng Wah (郑钦华)Director, New Business Development, Asia
Kheng Wah Teh is Director, New Business Development, Asia Region, dfa Intercultural Global Solutions. He is bilingual in English, Chinese and an extensive knowledge of the regional Asian market. He began his career in marketing when head-hunted to join a US based company as Marketing Executive to promote a range of specialty products. He spent 7 years with The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) as Technical Instructor in the field of Avionics. During this time he was trained in Instructional Design and has won bronze medal in training aid design competition. Kheng Wah joined Tetra Pak in 1982 as Technical Instructor. During his 23 years of service there, he held several management positions including Training Manager and Senior Manager – Training Management. Kheng Wah also spent much of his time in setting up and managing training function in Asia mostly as well as Africa and America. In 2006, he completed a 6 months project at a large US/MNC, helping them to align their training with HPI.
He graduated from Ngee Ann Technical College (Ngee Ann Polytechnics) in 1972 with a Diploma in Electronics Engineering. On the recruitment front, Kheng Wah is trained on Systematic Selection Process (SSP) where he played a vital role in recruiting technical personnel. He is certified to use both (PI) Predictive Index® and DiSC ® Classic profiling tools in behavioural analysis. Academically he holds a Business Administration degree from The International Management Centre in Buckingham (IMCB), UK majoring in Action Learning. In sales and marketing, he holds a Diploma in Marketing from The Institute of Marketing, UK. Other qualifications held are: Diploma in Training and Development (SIM / Institute of Training & Development, UK); Advanced Diploma in Industrial management (The Institute of Industrial Manager), Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health; Certificate in Human Performance Improvement (HPI / ASTD).
Nicole J. BarileDirector
Nicole Barile is Director and Cross-Cultural Trainer at dfa, leading the program development team. In addition to the development of training materials she is also responsible for program coordination and management of staff. She has lived in Argentina and Mexico and speaks conversational Spanish and Portuguese. She holds a BA in Global Economic Relations from the University of the Pacific in Northern California and an MA in Intercultural Relations. Nicole also earned her Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL) while in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has taught English to non-native speakers. She's a member of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), the New York chapter of the Society of International Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is also a member of the Intercultural Management Institute at American University.
Laila BoujoualSenior Program Manager
Laila Boujoual is a Senior Program Manager at DFA, and is also responsible for the coordination of intercultural trainings. She comes to us from Kenitra, Morocco. She studied law at Agdal University in Rabat, and speaks fluent Arabic, as well as conversational French. She has a background in finance and client management in the US. Laila has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Northern Africa.
Matthew GreenbaumSr. Manager, Program Management & Development
Matthew Greenbaum is a Program Manager and Program Development Associate at DFA. He is responsible for program coordination and the development of program materials. Matthew began his career in the intercultural industry in 2005 and has since worked in both the intercultural and financial industries before making his way to DFA. He earned his M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver) and his B.A. in French & International Business from the University of Maryland. He has worked and studied in France and speaks conversational French. Matthew is a member of the B’nai B’rith Global Round Table and the World Music Institute.
Roziel RaeburnSr. Manager, Program Management & Social Network Initiatives
Roziel Raeburn is currently a Program Manager at DFA Intercultural Global Solutions. Additionally, Roziel is also responsible for the Social Network Initiatives at DFA. When Roziel is not on her regular job, she finds herself being actively involved at her church. Presently, she is Director of Youth Programs and Outreach at Fresh Springs Ministries, a community oriented church, located in Brooklyn, New York. As Youth Director, she plans programs and conducts training sessions geared towards young people in the church and in the neighborhood. She is passionate about being a role model to young people, and believes that investing in our young people through training, education and mentoring is critical for their future success.
Michelle MauProgram Manager
Michelle Mau is a program manager at dfa Intercultural Global Solutions and is responsible for coordination of intercultural trainings. She holds a B.A. from Northeastern University in International Affairs and Journalism and an M.A. from NYU in International Education and Cross Cultural Exchange. Michelle’s work experience in higher education and international business has provided her with a background uniquely suited to her position here with DFA. Michelle developed a love for travel and learning about different cultures at a young age. To date Michelle has been Honduras, Puerto Rico, Israel, Jordan and multiple countries in Europe and to all but two states in the United States. Her list is by no means complete and future trips are in store! She speaks conversational Spanish and has plans to build upon her Italian and Russian language knowledge in the future. Michelle believes strongly in the adage "to get respect, you must first give it," and believes it is a concept that is not only applicable to life in general but one that must be understood by all people traveling to live, work or study abroad.