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Gaiti
Rabbani

Cultural Intelligence specialist, professional trainer and facilitator

Profile

Gaiti's ethnic diversity and extensive travels have allowed her to foster a rich appreciation of diverse cultures, philosophies and people.

Prior to establishing her business, Rabbani Collective, Gaiti's career spanned two decades, three continents and several reputed organisations engaged in executive and senior management roles. She has a strong track record of delivering results at the highest level in government and corporate structures, project environments and family businesses.

Gaiti is passionate about fostering self-awareness and personal effectiveness, helping individuals and teams reach their full potential. Her deep experience offers actionable insights and is enhanced with scientifically supported approaches to create self-awareness and long-lasting change.

Current Work
Through her business, Rabbani Collective, Gaiti works with an impressive portfolio of clients to drive change, transform culture and embed desired behaviours through custom designed training programs.

When she’s not immersed with her clients designing and delivering training programs, she can be found in close embrace with new and exciting cultures across the globe, expressing her passion for Argentine tango.

Previous Experience

Leadership: Gaiti has held senior executive roles with the Dubai Government where she spearheaded initiatives designed to diversify Dubai's economy. She has also served in leadership positions with prominent organisations including Paspaley, The Body Shop Caltex and EPPCO.

Professional Accreditations: Gaiti is a Certified CQ Advanced Professional with the Cultural Intelligence Centre, a HBDI Practitioner & Associate Trainer with Herrmann Asia and a Certified Results Based Coach

Expertise
Talking Points

Developing Cultural Intelligence

From working across borders, to bridging cultures at home, navigating organisational cultures to crossing generational gaps - Cultural Intelligence, CQ, matters! CQ requires intentional effort and abilities that go beyond simply being intelligent, emotionally mature, and having travelled extensively.

Research demonstrates that CQ may easily be the single greatest difference between thriving in the 21st-century world and becoming obsolete, therefore developing capabilities to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations is key.

Key takeaways:

- Awareness of how culture influences interactions with others
- Understanding how to develop CQ and apply CQ in self and others
- Effectiveness in working with multicultural colleagues and customers

Intended Audience:
Leaders, executives, business owners looking to develop intercultural effectiveness working in multicultural teams, across multi-regional responsibilities or with a culturally diverse client base.

Managing Unconscious Bias

Whilst we all hold attitudes and beliefs towards people on a conscious level. it is not uncommon to be unconsciously biased towards a person or a group based on race, gender, age, social class, etc. We cannot prevent unconscious bias from being activated in our thinking, we can, however, take effective and intentional action to manage the application of bias in our decision and behaviour.

The focus is on individual biases as well as the systemic bias present in common organisational practices, processes and policies preventing a truly inclusive culture.

Key takeaways:

- Understand why bias matters
- Recognize sources of unconscious bias
- Identify bias in our organisations/institutions
- Learn culturally intelligent strategies to disrupt bias

Intended Audience:
Leaders, business owners, executives who are looking to champion inclusive cultures
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Feedback
Gaiti’s preparation, poise and presentation is so authentic, vulnerable and respectful of her audience. I felt very confident in her knowledge and in every example she gave. Herrmann Asia

Gaiti has a natural, authentic delivery, and clearly a keen passion for CQ. Every organisation must facilitate discussions like these. Very actionable.

Microsoft

Gaiti is a skilled and focussed practitioner. Her work with our Executive Team has been invaluable. She has the drive and energy to cut through complexity and challenge us to think beyond the day to day, and the importance of clarity in vision and values for the organisation.

Rawson Group
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